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18 Kings Temple (The Dog Temple) / 十八王公廟 (Shíbā Wáng Gōngmiào)
Address:
No. 1-1 Gānhuá Lǐ, Alǐ Bàng, Shímén District, Xīnběi
地址:
新北市石門區乾華里阿里磅1-1號
Phone:
(02) 2638-2453
Website:
http://www.northguan-nsa.gov.tw/user/Article....
Nearest MRT:
Dànshuǐ Station 淡水站
This temple was built in the late 19th century. Legend has it that around 1875, a ship carrying 17 businessmen and a dog capsized, and everybody drowned, except the dog. They were carried by the currents to this area, and were found by the local fishermen. Surprisingly, after being saved, the dog threw itself into the sea and drowned, an act believed by the fishermen to be "loyalty to its master". The fishermen buried the 18 bodies together, and were said to have been able to make good catches every time they put to sea since then. Later, they built a temple to worship the "18 Kings" to show their gratitude for the blessings. This temple has long been one of the most frequently-visited temples by believers in northern Taiwan because of the legends of manifestations of the 18 deities protecting the fishermen. Many people come to this temple mainly to worship the loyal dog.

Apart from the dog, another singular practice is associated with the temple. The legend goes that the 17 merchants were fond of smoking, so many worshippers offer cigarettes at the shrine, lighting them and placing them in stands, just as they do with incense. Or it just could be a result of the temple's popularity with gangsters and prostitutes.

18 Kings Temple is a popular place of worship and is especially busy at night, when large crowds visit to make offerings of incense and food.

十八王公廟的全名為乾華十八王公祠,乾華指的是所在地石門區乾華里,在地人則稱為阿里磅,漢人入墾之前,也是凱達格蘭族的舊社。里人討海遇到危難時,經常會碰到十八王公顯靈相救,於是人民乃集資建小廟加以奉祀,小祠建成之後,顯靈的事蹟愈多,終而成為北台灣相當具有知名度的有應公廟。
由於十八王公是人狗合祀,民間對狗的印象,大多是忠誠的、有益於人類的,因此許多人相信,只要誠心祭祀狗,必能贏得狗的忠心相待,就因為這樣,許多人千里迢迢去拜十八王公,就為了那隻義犬公。

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