With more than 200 years of history, Bao-an Gong is one of the most important temples in Taipei. A level two historical monument, the temple received a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2003 for its restoration and preservation of architectural uniqueness. Located near the Grand Hotel where the Keelung river flows into the Danshui River, Bao An Gong is dedicated to the Taoist folk religious deity the Bao-Sheng Lord, a Chinese god of medicine. Before western medicine was widely accepted, early residents of Taipei prayed to the Bao-Sheng Lord for health, sought remedies for their ailments, and hoped for peace and blessings. Join Helen for a fascinating tour of this temple to learn how health and wellness have been long interlinked in Chinese religious culture. She will explain and demonstrate how temple petitioners used fortune sticks to obtain a prescription, the results of which they would bring to their local herbal medicine shop. Although most people today visit Chinese medicine doctors for their care, it is still possible to use special fortune sticks at the temple to seek a prescription. With a prescription in hand it will be time to visit a local Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) shop to learn about Chinese medicine and sample some local Taiwanese dishes prepared with TCM herbs. Tasting included. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your EASYCARD for the public bus ride to the TCM shop.
Instructor: Helen Chen
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|Culture & Tours in Taiwan||NT$ 900.00|