Taiwan's Tian Gong Temple is working with a bank to process small-amount deductions using EasyCards and EasyCard credit cards. In addition, the temple is globalizing and digitizing by adding two new electronic lot-drawing machines with six language options.
Foreigners are unable to fully experience Taiwan's temple culture because lots are usually only available in Chinese. Tainan's Tian Gong Temple therefore began offering lots with English and Japanese translations in 2017. This year, it launched digital lots with several more language options.
You don't have to spend all that time there waiting to draw a lot. Drawing lots can take a lot of time.
There are a lot of tourists from Southeast Asia because of the New Southbound Policy. That's why we started providing translated (lots) in Vietnamese and Korean. Lots are usually paper. To be more environmentally friendly, we launched lot machines so tourists can enjoy the fun of drawing lots.
The temple has also teamed up with a bank to be able to process e-payments for offerings.
This is very convenient. (Is this the first time you've seen this?) Yes, the first time. I think it's pretty innovative.
We can use mobile payments for incense and other activities. We are keeping up with the times.
Tiangong Temple is the first of Tainan's 1,630 temples to accept mobile payments. The city government has actively promoted mobile payment systems in the past and mobile payment apps can be used to pay for everything from parking to entrance tickets at historical sites across the city.
民眾表示：「這樣子很方便。 (第一次看到嗎？) 對，第一次看到，我覺得還滿有創意的。」