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Qing'an Temple Inscription
1media/Qingan_Inscription_TS3_Detail_thumb.jpg2019-12-16T19:55:30-05:00Evan Dawley7a40080bd5bb656cee837d5befaa3ea8e7a2ac443513This is a copy of a rubbing taken of an inscription marking the renovation of the Qing'an Temple. The extant stele is likely a post-1945 replica, because some of the dates are given in ROC-style (Minguo 民國) rather than Japanese style (Taishō 大正).plain2020-10-05T00:30:11-04:001910sHe Peifu, and Lin Wenrui, eds, Taiwan diqu xiancun beijie tuzhi: Yilan Xian, Jilong Shi pian [Records of Extant Stone Inscriptions in Taiwan: Yilan County and Jilong City] (Taipei Shi: Guoli zhongyang tushuguan Taiwan fenguan, 1999).1914Copyright undetermined (http://rightsstatements.org/page/UND/1.0/?language=en).Evan N. DawleySG-0009Stone rubbingKandra Polatis4decfc04157f6073c75cc53dcab9d25e87c02133
1media/QingAn.jpg2019-11-18T17:21:29-05:00The Qing'an Temple: Consolidation and Renovation18This page describes the consolidation of management and property of the Qing'an Temple, and its renovation in 1912-13.plain2021-10-04T12:20:36-04:0025.12962, 121.74077Jilong1903-1915Evan Dawley, Becoming TaiwaneseEvan N. DawleyTaiwan Government-GeneralXu ZisangYan YunnianQing'an TempleDianji Temple
Following the advent of Japanese colonial rule, the Qing'an Temple rose in stature and significance within the local community. This ascendancy resulted from in part from its close affiliation with a Jilong native elite named Xu Zisang, who gained prominence in 1903 through two, likely related, mechanisms. In regards to the temple, as reported in an announcement in the Taiwan nichinichi shinpō, local residents forced out the temple's leader, a monk named Wang Liuzhuan, for selling some of the temple's land assets to the new regime for use as a cemetery, and they installed Xu in his place as temple manager (guanliren). The Government-General looked upon him as a key conduit into local society because of his classical education and bestowed upon him the status of “Taiwan gentry” (shinshi), and named him district head (kuchō). From this strong position, Xu strengthened the Qing'an's territorial foundation in 1911, when he coordinated the sale of temple lands that the city government wanted in order to expand the main downtown green space, Takasago Park. He used the proceeds to purchase other lands adjacent to the temple itself, expanding its geographic footprint. At about the same time, he enhanced the Qing'an's physical presence by leading a major renovation of the temple building. Xu and other local leaders, including a mining magnate named Yan Yunnian and the manager of the Dianji Temple, commenced renovations in 1912 and completed them the following year, marking the occasion with the erection of a stele at the temple's entrance. It is just visible at the right side of the building in the picture above. The inscription, on this stone tablet made clear the temple's prominence in Jilong's urban and spiritual geography:
At the head of the leviathan’s back [“kunshen”; i.e., Taiwan], it is called Jilong. Surrounded by the sea and embraced by mountains, it alone is cherished by the spirits. In former times it was simply a shore on a rocky frontier, but now it has become a port in a key location. It has become densely populated, and the market is bountiful.