12 June 2017

Temples of Sun Moon Lake

Traveling around Sun Moon Lake I definitely couldn't miss to visit some Temples of Sun Moon Lake. We already travel here 3 times, once a year. Last time was in April 2019, although I prefer to update my old posts than write new one about the same places.

The most well known temple here is Wenwu Temple (文武廟)First there used to be 2 temples near the lake but in 1919 Japanese colonizers decided to construct a hydro power project which could increase the level of water. 
The temples was replaced and combined together in 1938.

See also: Sun Moon Lake





The temple was rebuild and increased in size in 1969. Temple has 3 main halls dedicated to different Gods and 2 lions guarding the entrance.

You can also climb to the top of temple to see the lake view. There are 366 steps which symbolizes the days in a year. 






Another one of temples we visited is Longfeng Temple (龍鳳宮月老廟). The temple located on a hill was originally build on Shuishe and relocated here in 1934. Long means dragon, feng is phoenix. Also the Yue Lao Shrine was brought here from Lalu Island after being damaged in earthquake.

sun moon lake nantou longfeng temple, temples of sun moon lake
sun moon lake nantou longfeng temple, temples of sun moon lake


Ci'en Pagoda (慈恩塔is a chinese-style tower build in 1971 on the Sabahan Mountain. The Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek build it in honor of his mother. The tower is build 954 meter above sea level and is 46 meter tall. The top of this tower is exactly 1000m above sea level. It's the highest point of Sun Moon Lake to admire panoramic view. 
To go to this place you need to climb 570m long trail from parking lot. That's so tired in this hot weather... But the view of lake from tower is really worth it. 





Opposite of the tower, you can see two-story Madame Wang Tai Memorial Hall. On the first floor is Mr. Chiang Kai-shek's lounge with portraits and furniture.
Every April and May Ci'en Pagoda is a good place to see fireflies. Three of Sun Moon Lake's firefly species are active in the daytime.




We also did a quick stop at Xuan Zang Memorial Hall (玄奘大師紀念館)
The Xuanzang Temple was build in 1965 by Nantou County Government. Xuangzang (602-664) was a Buddhist monk who travel India for 17 years.

sun moon lake nantou xuan zang memorial hall

sun moon lake nantou xuan zang memorial hall

sun moon lake nantou xuan zang memorial hall



Address: 
1. Wenwu Temple, No. 63, Zhongzheng Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, 555
2. Longfeng Temple, No. 291-26, Zhongshan Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, 555
3. Ci'en Pagoda, 環潭公路 Yuchi Township, Nantou County, 555
4. Master Xuan Zang Memorial Hall, No. 389, Zhongzheng Road, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, 555

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