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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.

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