2015年1月3日 星期六

Beigang 北港

Beigang is a municipality in Yunlin County.  It has a long history, and was an important port during the Ching Dynasty.  It's deep in the country, and driving there takes a while.  北港是雲林縣的小鎮.  北港的歷史可追溯到清朝時期.  清朝時候它是個很重要的港口.  它的位置比較鄉下, 開車過去那裡要花點時間.


In the 1800s it was known as Bengang, and a lot of the shipping between Formosa and the Mainland passed through this part of Taiwan.  The picture above is Beigang's Chao Tian Temple, which dates back to that time.  19世紀的時候它被稱為笨港.  是台灣的海運中心.  從大陸來的貨品都要經過這裡.  上面的相片是北港的朝天宮.  這座廟也是從那個時候留下來的.


There are other remnants of the Ching Dynasty in Beigang, but none of them are particularly impressive.  Chao Tian Temple remains an important tourist site, and is very crowded on festival days.  還有其他的古物在北港, 只是它們不是那麼特別.  朝天宮目前仍是很重要的景點.  任何節日都是很熱鬧.
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The street in front of this temple sells many local products.  The most famous of these products seems to be peanut oil.  朝天宮前面的街道賣很多名產.  最有名的應該是附近的花生油.


The temple is interesting if you like local history.  If not, there are more impressive temples.  It reminded me a lot of Long Shan Temple in Taipei.  喜歡地區歷史的人會很喜歡這座廟.  對歷史沒興趣的觀光客應該不感到這座廟的特別.  這座廟很像台北的龍山寺.


The inside of the temple is like a maze.  廟裡面像迷宮.


Behind the temple there is a large building with a viewing platform.  It offers a good view of the town. 廟後面的一棟大建築物上有一座風景台.  從那裏看北港的地形跟路線比較清楚.


This is the Beigang River.  It was larger during Ching times, and fluctuating water levels led to the decline of the town's shipping business.  這是北港溪.  清朝的時候這條溪比較大.  因為溪水變化, 北港的海運利用慢慢消失了.


One of the many processions that pass through the temple.  If you're bringing kids, beware of the firecrackers.  It gets LOUD here!  其他地方的廟宇來這裡進香.  如果帶孩子來這裡要注意鞭炮.  這裡會很吵喔!

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