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Temple predicts launch of fortune-telling app

TAIPEI--A temple in southern Taiwan will expand its already-popular online divination service to a smartphone application in 2013, with the aim of making the 100-year-old temple better-known among netizens from home and abroad.

"With the increasing popularity of smartphones, we will launch our own divination app next year," said Hung Yang-chen, website designer for the Jhen Hai Temple in Pingtung County's Donggang Township.

The Chinese-language app will first be available on the iOS operating system and later the Android operating system, Hung told CNA Friday, adding that an English version will also be launched in the near future.

Although the app is not yet available, Hung said, people can still use the service online, in both Chinese and English.

Hung, 32, said the idea of setting up a website for the temple came from his father, Hung Chuan-jei, the temple's chief director.

"My father wanted to attract more people," he added.

Since the launch of the online service in 2005, the number of visitors to the temple has increased by some 30 percent, he said.

In order to provide better services to international followers, the temple started to provide an English version of its website in September 2010, said Hung.

Seeking advice from an oracle is a traditional Taoist way of making decisions on everything from love and health to career and family, Hung went on.

The website now gets some 3,000 visits per day, mainly for its divination services, Hung said, adding that the visitor number is still growing, which is why the temple wants to launch the smartphone app.

International visitors, including those from the United States, China, Australia, Canada and Japan, account for 6 to 8 percent of the total website visits, he said.

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