It might be hard to imagine quietness when new highrises are constantly being built, open markets everywhere, and people socializing on the streets as the sun goes down. But, when I visited Lukang Dragon Temple in Central Taiwan, as I stepped into the front yard, suddenly I could not hear the sounds of the cars, street vendors, and people talking anymore. It was complete silence and serenity, with no disturbance in the air. It sure felt like time has stopped and as long as I was there, there’s nothing to worry.

Lukang LongShan Temple (鹿港龍山寺), also known as Lukang Dragon Temple and “Forbidden City of Taiwan”, was built in Ming Dynasty (1653), then moved to its current location in Lukang in 1786. It is considered one of the most beautiful, detailed temple from its time period, and has been labeled as a State Level 1 Historical Building in Taiwan (there are 3 levels). It is a Buddhist temple that worships Bodhisattva (觀世音菩薩).

Please enjoy the photos =)

(Photo Above: Entrance. The stone poles have hand carved dragons on it)

(Photo Above: Each door has a painting of famous general from the past with the meaning to protect the temple from wild, evil spirits as guardsman)

(Photo Above: Even the door handles have religious symbolism engraved)

(Photo Above: Stone statues in the front yard)

(Photo Above: A Divine Dragon painted on the ceiling. The dragon is also seen on past emperor’s clothing.)

(Photo Above: Don’t be confused, this Swastika is faced in opposition direction than those on Hitler’s flag. This is a religious symbol.)

(Photo Above: Though some paints are chipping off, the details of the carving and the leftover gold paint served as hints of the temple’s past artistic glory.)

(Photo Above: They sell paper gold money for worshipers to burn to Bodhisattva as offerings or as returning a favor for a wish they made before that came true.)

(Photo above: Temple caretaker and his friends taking a break)

About Lukang Town Itself

During Ming to Qing Dyansty, Lukang was a large port town in central Taiwan where everyday was filled with bustling ships coming in and out, merchants selling their goods, visitors eating seafood and drinking wine, scholars enjoying the scenery and making poems on the spot. Yet when Sino-Japanese War broke out, Lukang slowly lost its luster and the streets died down.

Today, Lukang town survived as one of the popular local attractions in central Taiwan. Lukang Dragon Temple stands there as it was before in 1786 with many other historical temples  and shrines in the town.

Dragon Temple Address: 彰化縣鹿港鎮龍山里金門街81號 (No. 81, Jīnmén St, Lugang Township, Zhang Hua)

Access: Direct Buses from TaiChung (彰化客運/Zhang Hua Bus), Buses from Taipei (台汽客運/Taiwan Bus, or 統聯客運/UBus) Please inform bus driver ahead of your destination.