Ruisui Qinglian Temple, located in Ruimei Village, Ruisui Township, has over 120 years of history. The temple worshippers worship an unusual "Black faced" Sakyamuni Buddha. This temple is the main religious center for the Ruisui Townspeople.
According to tradition, Qinglian Temple had miraculous origins. It is said that in 1877, an old man carried a bamboo cage into this area. He left the bamboo cage in front of a house in Suiweizhuang, Damayan (today’s Ruibei Village in Ruisui Township), and then visited family nearby. After many days, he still had not returned, so the family living in the house and their neighbors opened the bamboo cage, only to find two copper Sakyamuni Buddha statues and an attached piece of paper: One of these statues was to guard Suiweizhuang, and the other was to protect Mataian (present day Guangfu Township)! Everyone was amazed, and decided the old man must be the incarnation of Buddha. They thus chose a place to build a thatched cottage in Ruimei Village, where they could worship the Buddha statue. They named the cottage "Cisheng Temple". In 1924, the villagers pooled their resources to replace this thatched cottage with a brick and tiled building, and asked Ruisui scholar Zhang Cai-xiang to change its name. He decided to give it the name "Ruisui Qinglian Temple", which it uses to this day.
Qinglian Temple has been renovated many times, and by 1986, took on the appearance that it has today. The temple is a quaint, dignified, and majestic sight. The outer walls and the inner floors are made of Ruisui's local serpentine stone, and have a completely local appearance. Every year on the eighth day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar, which happens to be Buddha's birthday, Qinglian Temple holds a grand Buddha washing ceremony, idol patrolling activity and temple fair. However, while attending these activities, don't forget to take a look at the supreme object of the temple, namely the Buddha statue that according to tradition was found in the bamboo basket!
Address:No.109, Ren-ai Rd.,Ruimei Village, Ruisui Township, Hualien County 978, Taiwan (R.O.C.)(Turn at 268.1K, Provincial Highway No.9 to downtown Ruisui. At Ruisui Train Station, and Take the road on the east side to Ruimei Village.)