3 November 2017

Lotus Lake: Dragon and Tiger Pagodas

We came to Kaohsiung after watching the article by Lonely Planet in which they named this place 5th best city in the world to visit in 2018. It's only 2 hours away from our place so why not to go and see what interesting they have around here.

Dragon and Tiger pagodas (龍虎塔) are located on Lotus Lake in Kaohsiung. Lotus Lake (蓮池潭) is man-made lake and was opened in 1951 in Zuoying District. This lake is pretty big and have a few other temples to see like Spring and Autumn Pavilions (春秋閣), Confucius Temple or Pei Chi Pavilion.

dragon and tiger pagodas kaohsiung taiwan lotus pond


dragon and tiger pagodas kaohsiung taiwan lotus pond

Those pagodas was build in 1976 and belongs to the Cihji Palace. The temple is build just across the street. 
Cihji Palace was build in 17th century. During Japanese rule the temple was a military base. All the patron saints was moved to another location. In 1959 the construction of temple was finished and all sculptures was brought back to here. 
In 1974 Baosheng Dadi ordered to build pagodas, which was finished in two years.

In Chinese culture dragon symbolizes strength and power. Dragons have control over water including rains and floods. Dragon is also one of 12 Chinese zodiac signs. People believe that those born in this year are smarter and more blessed than others.

Tiger is a symbol of righteousness and harmony. People believe tiger is a king of all animals.

dragon and tiger pagodas kaohsiung taiwan lotus pond


dragon and tiger pagodas kaohsiung taiwan lotus pond


There is also a sign in front of temple telling you to enter through dragon's mouth and go out from tiger's mouth. If you enter through dragon's mouth you will get rid of your bad luck and increase the good luck. 
Inside of temple you can see various Buddhist and Taoist paintings.

My husband felt tired of walking because we park 2,5 km away this place and the weather didn't let as feel good too. I still wanted see other temples on this lake but it would be really exhausted to walk so far and back. 
The only other stop for today will be Love River. Hope in the future we back here to see some more.

dragon and tiger pagodas kaohsiung taiwan lotus pond


dragon and tiger pagodas kaohsiung taiwan lotus pond




Address: 
Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, No. 9, Liantan Road, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City, 813

1 comment:

  1. Piękne widoki, chyba zacznę planować podróż na przyszły rok

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