22 November 2018

The Fairy Cave and Buddha's Hand Cave

It's the time to visit last place on our list - a temple in the cave. There are two caves near each other, we are going to see them both. Those caves are two of many natural marine caves in Keelung (基隆市).
This place isn't difficult to find, in front of the cave you will see a temple's gate and little more up Buddha's Sculpture. 
The cave is open for tourists everyday 8am - 5pm. 

No one knows when the shrine inside was build. It's said that inside the cave used to live fairy, that's why it's named a Fairy Cave (仙洞巖). In 2006 the cave was announced a Cultural Landscape. 



the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

The Fairy Cave was naturally made by sea erosion and is the biggest one in Keelung - over 80 meters long. The cave separates into two: left one and right one. 

The right cave is pretty big but not so deep. On the walls you can see carvings of Buddhas and calligraphy from the Qing Dynasty. They have a few Buddha sculpture where people come to pray.

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

The area around this cave used to be an important fortress during Qing Dynasty. Also in the cave you will see Buddhist statues which was left after Japanese rule. Also a lot of poems and other calligraphy was left on the walls.

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

The left one is pretty narrow tunnel but much deep. If you decide to go there, you should be careful about people walking back. This part of cave is pretty small that sometimes you have to almost kneel down to finally arrive to see the Buddha sculpture and people praying here.

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung


Close by the Fairy Cave you can see another one - The Buddha's Hand Cave. There is not much to see inside. The cave doesn't have sculptures, no people pray here. So what's there that attracts people? A huge hands up on the stone ceiling! 

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

In the cave there are several chambers, so you should follow the signs on the walls to get to see the Buddha's Hand. The palm print was created due to weathering and resembles the hand of Buddha.


the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung


You can also climb more up to the park and Mazu Temple. You can see Keelung Harbour from here, lighthouse and an old fort on the mountains in the west side.

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung

the fairy cave Buddha's hand cave temple in the cave keelung


Address:
203, Keelung City, Zhongshan District, 佛手洞

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