What happens when a newly renovated temple is found to be on illegal ground? The people who run the temple didn’t want to tear it down and rebuild it again. So they decided to mobilize over a thousand people to physically move the building!
The Fu-An Temple in Pingtung County has been around since the Japanese occupation period and it just got a facelift last year. But new urban planning left the temple in the middle of a three-way junction. The building had to be moved 40 meters to be safe.
Residents in the area actually thought they could move the 1,200-ton building by mustering 1,200 people to move it physically. First, the structure had to be lifted 1.5 meters upward and then placed on rollers. Then construction workers had to place eight strong ropes under the building for people to hold on to and then pull the heavy structure over the rollers. All this work took one week to prepare.
On the morning of Dec. 15, the 1,200 volunteers evenly distributed themselves around the eight ropes. But before they started to pull, one of the ropes snapped. At the end, they brought in large machinery to operate the move instead. Though the original plan didn’t work out, the people still thought it was an honor to take part in the historical moving of their sacred temple.