Qingshui Yan Temple
Legend has it that Qingshui Yan Temple was founded by Master Juetong, a monk from Quanzhou, in 1728. He made a straw shed here while meditating and studying the ways of Buddha, which touched followers. When the number of worshippers increased, fund was gathered to build a temple and the straw shed was built into a temple on 1758, worshipping Sanbao Buddha. Followers also built a closed conduit to guide mountain water and made a well out of it, naming it “Heart Washing Pond”. Given that Qingshui Yen has a large area and is surrounded with wood, making it an elegant and tranquil environment. Also every year in the spring, it is filled with greens as all life forms came back to life; therefore the “Spring View of Qingshui” is known as one the 8 great scenes of Changhua.
At the main hall of the temple, two old horizontal inscriptions that read “Widely Spread Merciful Cloud” and “Merciful Navigator of the Southern Oceans” from the era of Emperor Qianlong and Daoguang are hung. The carved pillars and beams are also filled with sense of history and give visitors a nostalgic atmosphere. At the rear of Qingshui Yan Temple is a “18 Turns Old Trail” and a parking lot is located at the starting point of the old trail in which you can walk all the way from Qingshui Yan Temple to Luming, which is located near the roads of County Highway 139B. It is a great route to become strong and train your body!