Kuan Ti Temple
Lingya District
1. Statue of Gaunsheng Dijun (Holy Ruler Deity Guan)
The statue of Gaunsheng Dijun (Holy Ruler Deity Guan) in the temple is 18-feet tall in sitting position, and each of the statutes of General Zhou Cang and General Guan Ping on the left and right is 18-feet tall in standing position. All three statutes are made of bronze, solemn and respectful.
2. Eight Trigrams in the Atrium
The Eight Trigrams in the atrium implies the theory: This generates the two primary forces. The two primary forces generate the four images. The four images generate the eight trigrams. The eight trigrams determine good fortune and misfortune. (tr. Wilhelm and Baynes 1967:318-9)
3. Record of Wu Temple Refurbishment
Admiring the righteousness and heroism of Gaunsheng Dijun (Holy Ruler Deity Guan), official Ceng Yuan-fu and Luo donated for the refurbishment of the temple in December 1857 and erected this stone tablet “Record of Wu Temple Refurbishment” for maintain a record of this event.
4. Chi-Tu (Red Hare)
The red hare, ten-feet long and 8-feet tall, has served with General Guan for years. It is said that it could travel one thousand miles a day and ran on water and mountains like on solid ground. After the general was killed, the hare was so said that he sighed and refused to eat or drink until its death.
5. Caishen Hall
Wealth and treasure have long been the wish of people. To make this wish a reality, Caishen (God of Wealth) that gathers wealth in the universe has become one of the most favorite gods.
6. Caishen Hall-Golden Ox
“Patching the Golden Ox” is a ritual of the temple. Believers can buy a small pack of gold leaves in the temple and patch them on the back of the golden ox carrying ingots in the Caishen hall. Patching gold leaves on different parts of the ox brings different results. For example, patching gold leaves on the oxen mouth brings wealth and nobility, the oxen tail brings fortune, the belly brings a good career, and the horn brings lots of money. Believers can patch gold leaves on the golden ox according to different needs.
Gaunsheng Dijun (Holy Ruler Deity Guan)
Worship Process
Worship Gaunsheng Dijun (Holy Ruler Deity Guan) on the 2nd floor, then Foju Hall on the 3rd, and lastly Caishen Hall on the 1st floor.
Previously called the Guangditing (lit. Guangdi Worship Hall), the temple was renamed Kaohsiung City Wujuicuo “Wumiao” (God of Martial Arts’ Temple) in postwar Taiwan. After the reconstruction completed in January 1979, late Full General He Ying-qin, ROC Army, granted onsite the horizontal tablet “Kaohsiung Guandi Miao” (Kaohsiung Guandimiao Temple). From then on, it has become the temple’s official name.

With a history for more than three centuries, the temple is built to worship Gaunsheng Dijun (Holy Ruler Deity Guan), or the God of Martial Lord. The temple shortly became a popular religious center for the deity’s spirituality and power. In addition to the significant development and progress in the deity’s spirituality and power and the temple’s reputation and scale, we continue the effort of past believers and actively amplify the everlasting glory and positivism of Gaunsheng Dijun (Holy Ruler Deity Guan) and engage in all types of philanthropic and educational activities to set an example for Buddhism to all walks of society, in order to demonstrate the deity’s spirituality and power and to bless all kinds.
Religious Festival
Gaunsheng Dijun (Holy Ruler Deity Guan) Birthday Ritual and Emperor Repentance Service
Fragrances and colors of flowers spread, the temple is quiet and solemn. Bells and chimes toll for the descent of deities. The solemn ritual takes the congregation to the spiritual communication with deities in a devote and pure heart, setting the holy atmosphere for the Emperor Repentance Service. In addition, the solemn and pure ritual is an occasion for many people to enlighten their wisdom.
With such an occasion, we initiate the Emperor Repentance Service at the birthday ritual of Gaunsheng Dijun (Holy Ruler Deity Guan) on June 19-24 every year on the lunar calendar. From the first double hour (23:00) on June 24 every year on the lunar calendar, the birthday ritual of Gaunsheng Dijun (Holy Ruler Deity Guan) begins.
Born for Righteousness of the Universe, Serve with the Righteousness through History
Gaunsheng Dijun was called Guan Yu, courtesy name Yun-chang (or Sho-chang). He was born on June 24, 160. In addition to a strong physique, he has a high spirit. He practiced martial arts and loved reading, particularly The Commentary of Zuo (春秋左氏傳). He was 9-feet and 6-inches tall with a dark date complexion, cinnabar color lips, lying-worm-shaped eyebrows, and almond eyes. In an imposing appearance and with great expectations, he wanted to excel in both martial arts and liberal arts, in order to contribute to his countrymen and his nation.
At age 17, he married lady Hu, who gave her three sons: Guan Ping, Guan Xing, and Guan So. In late Eastern Han dynasty, the country was in chaos, and powers from different places rose. Controlled by the consort’s kin and eunuchs, the royal family was unable to rule the country, and the public was frustrated. More importantly, the throne was in great danger. Alongside with separation of warlords, the royal blood was almost extinguished.
In view of such chaos, Guan wanted to exert his own belief. Therefore, he left his hometown in 179 (the 2nd year of the reign Emperor Guanghe, Eastern Han dynasty), hoping to make a career of his own. In 184, five years after he left home, he met Liu Bei and Zhang Fei in Zhuo Commandery. They were so like-minded that they wanted to recover the Han. Therefore, they went to Zhang’s residence and adopted one another as sworn brothers. By age, Liu was the big brother, Guan the second brother, and Zhang the little brother.
MRT O8 Wukuaicuo station. Exit No. 6 towards Wumiao Road.
MRT O9 Martial Arts Stadium station. Exit No. 1 towards Wumiao Road.