Baoan Temple is the religious center of Yehliu; the “Sacred Prince-Developer of Zhangzhou”, Mazu, Tu-Di-Gong (local earth god) and other gods and goddesses are being worshipped here by local people. Long time ago in the Ching Dynasty (1820 B.C.), a boat was floating to the waters near Yehliu area. Local people found it, carried no one, but a piece of god sculpture with a bunch of materials used for building houses. Later on, they used the materials they found on the boat to build the Baoan temple and settled the god sculpture there. It’s confirmed later that the piece of god sculpture as found is the statue of General Chen Yuanguang, the Sacred Prince-Developer of Zhangzhou.
The religious rituals held by Baoan Temple such as “harbor cleansing” (as held in the 15th day of the first month in lunar calendar), “Greeting of Mazu”,”Birthday Ceremony of Sacred Princes” (both held on the 15th day of the second month in lunar calendar) and “Sea Ritual” (held in the 10th day of the 10th month in lunar calendar) are very important traditional customs as preserved and believed by local people.