Tianhou Temple (The Matsu Shrine)
Kinmen is an island, and the
people rely on the sea around it for their livelihood. Kinmen has twelve temples devoted
to Matsu, the Goddess of the Sea. Though the votive statues of the goddess may be large or
small, the golden decorations and beautiful material adorning them testify to the hopes
and devotion of the many fishermen on the island. Each year in the third month of the
lunar calendar one can hear the clamour and bustle of a huge celebration as the faithful
show their gratitude to Matsu.