Yilan Community Development 3.0
Su’ao Township’s Xincheng Community
In order to bolster their defenses, Qing Dynasty pioneers build a wall around their settlement, which was then split into the upper, middle, and lower villages. During the Japanese Colonial Period, it was named Xinchengzhuang. In the Qing Dynasty, land was donated to build Fude Temple to bless and protect residents. Later, villagers went to Zhen'an Temple in Dongshan Township's Daxing Village to invite the Lords of the Three Mountains to send their spirits to populate the idols in Xincheng’s temple. Today, Qing'an Temple is the center of religious life and the temple plaza is an important activity space for the community. Through interviews with local residents, oral histories were collected and a survey was done of the farming village’s handicrafts and traditional temple culture. Volunteers sought out those who participated in the Guaguan ceremony and their families, to help revitalize and sustain local religious traditions.