Ma-Cho Temple, San Fernando

Ma-Cho Temple

The Ma-Cho is a Taoist temple to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu located in San Fernando, La Union in the Philippines. With an elevation of 70m above sea level, the 7-story temple is a towering 11-tiered, multi-hued attraction on a more than a hectare of lot and accessible by separate routes. The temple’s attractions include the Majestic Five Door Gate, Bamboo Garden, the Liang Thing Pagoda, 2 circular pools or ponds and the golden emblem of a dragon, the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower. Ma-Cho Temple interior is filled with Chinese historical decorations and art. Taiwan constructors helped build the building under famous Architect Thomas Diokno. The temple is decorated by Chinese motif of Taipei lions and dragons (camphor woods) and massive stones.

Once you are in La Union, this gorgeous temple is must visit. It is open from 7am to 5pm every day and there is no entrance fee.

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Who is Mazu?

Mazu, or Matsu, is a popular Taoist and Chinese Buddhist goddess. She is the goddess and of the sea and people believe that she protecting fisherman and sailors. Mazu is worshiped in southern China, Vietnam and Taiwan. She is known as Empress of Heaven and Holy Mother Empress of Heaven.

Mazu was born on March 23, 906. According to legend she did not cry when she was born, so she was named Lin Moniang which means Silent girl. She was able to predict weather and she normally warned other people and fishermans to not go to the sea. She was great swimmer and she often rescue people from the sea. There are few versions of her death. One legend says that Mazu went out into the sea during a storm to try to find her father. After few hours she was not able to find her father and later died of exhaustion. Another legend says that Mazu she climbed a mountain alone and flew into the heavens and became a goddess.

After she passed away, her family and many families of sailors and fishermen prayed for her soul and her heroic acts to try to save all at sea. Soon her worship spread to many parts of Asia and many people started to build temples dedicated to this brave girl all over the world.

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