Yu-Tsai Elementary School (2019 CyberFair Project ID 8446)
Taiwan, New Taipei City
Official Status: Final Project: Ready for Judging
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)
We estimate 10 student(s) from 10 to 12 will work on this entry.
Description of Our Community: Our school is located in Yonghe district, New Taipei City. Yonghe is located in the southeast corner of Taipei Basin, and its boundary with Taipei City is marked by Xindien River. There are currently Zhongzheng Bridge, Fuhe Bridge, and Yongfu Bridge that connect the two cities, and they facilitate the prosperous growth of Yonghe district. There are many business districts and markets for residents of Yonghe to enjoy. Besides the Korean Street and Lehua Night Market, Yonghe residents can head to Yang San Lang Art Museum or Fuhe Holiday Flower Market for more artistic venues and immerse themselves in the city’s relaxed atmosphere. Fude Temple on Dianzai Street, the subject of our research, is not only the historic, cultural, and religious center of Yonghe, but also the place that brings peace of mind to the locals. The temple cares about the people of Yonghe, and it is also the place where selfless love is offered to all unconditionally.
Project Description: In 1671, the boom in transportation by the river made Yonghe district the center of commodity trade. Ships used to dock by what is presently Xiulang Road for business and rest, and that made the region more prosperous with more shops opening up. The region started to boom with more business activities, and the name Dianzai street (street with small shops) was given. It also became the first commercial area of Yonghe. The locals and the nearby businesses followed the tradition of building an Earth God temple (Fude temple) to bring protection and good fortune, and followers have been coming nonstop to the temple to pray ever since. Fude Temple on Dianzai Street has been around for more than three hundred years, and it is also one of the most famous Earth God temples in northern Taiwan. Undoubtedly, it is the Earth God temple with the longest history in Yonghe. Fude Temple on Dianzai Street continued Earth God’s spirit of protecting and caring for the locals with activities like ‘Donate Rice Instead of Gold’ to take care of disadvantaged locals. The temple takes donations from followers and channels them to people in need, spreading love to all corners of the society. Yu-Tsai’s Cyberfair squad worked as a team on the topic. We learned more about the unique cultural values of the Fude Temple on Dianzai Street through interviews, field studies, researches, and participating in activities. We aimed to foster the spirit of caring for others and the notion of ‘it’s better to give than to receive.’ Our team members would first be seeds that study and experience the spirit of giving from the Fude Temple on Dianzai Street before introducing it to other schools, people in the community, and the world.