When this temple was built in 1728, Hoklo people (Han Chinese) came to worship Mazu the sea goddess. In 1824, it became a Taoist temple dedicated to Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy. Buddhists believe she places the souls of the departed on a lotus and sends them to the Pure Land. Taoism is a Chinese philosophical tradition or religion founded in the 4th century BC. At the core of their teachings are the Three Treasures: compassion, frugality and humility. Notice the man holding joss incense sticks above his head. Traditionally, he will bow three times in front of the temple and repeat the pattern in all four directions before entering. The Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Teng) is a popular place to pay homage on the eve of Chinese New Year.