Lotus Pond 蓮池潭: Enter the Dragons
I’ve been to Kaohsiung a few times, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to truly explore the area. In my last visit, I did manage to see one of the more famed sights of the city, the Lotus Pond 蓮池潭 also known as Lotus Lake. Filled with various temples, pagodas, and classical art, it has a very ancient ambiance even though the entire lake is actually man-made and only about 60 years old. It’s not all new though, as there are several temples sprinkled about that are hundreds of years old. Here are some pictures from my visit.
The first thing that will catch your attention are the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas. You are supposed to enter through the dragon and exit through the tiger. It is supposed to symbolize turning your bad luck into good luck, though I think if you’re in a tiger’s mouth you have fairly bad luck to begin with.
The other duo is the Spring and Autumn Pavilions, which are smaller yet ornately decorated and has a large dragon running through them. In front of the pavilions is a turtle pond with a seemingly uncountable amount of turtles. My pictures cannot accurately portray just how many there were, I have never seen so many in one place in my life.
There are other notable places near the pond, such as the Pei Chi Pavilion which is instantly recognizable due to a giant god sitting on top of the temple, the centuries old Confucius Temple across from the pond, and more. I can’t chronicle every place here since my time was limited, but that means there’s always something to check out the next time. Here are some of my pictures.
Though you can see the most famous sights in a short time, there are other historical venues that could turn your visit into a much longer one. I look forward to visiting here again and seeing everything it has to offer.
Take the MRT to Ecological District Station and get off at the Lotus Lake stop on the Red Bus 51. Alternatively, take the HSR/TRA/MRT to Zuoying Station and walk to the lake.