Lotus Pond 蓮池潭: Enter the Dragons

The Dragon and Tiger Pagodas at Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung.

The Dragon and Tiger Pagodas at Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung.

 

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.

The Dragon Pagoda.  Only enter through here!

The Dragon Pagoda. Only enter through here!

A view of the lake.  Off in the distance you can see the Pei Chi Pavilion.

A view of the lake. Off in the distance you can see the Pei Chi Pavilion.

One half of the Spring and Autumn Pavilions.

One half of the Spring and Autumn Pavilions.

A cavalcade of statues near the Spring and Autumn Pavilions.

A cavalcade of statues near the Spring and Autumn Pavilions.

A back shot of the dragon that runs through the Spring and Autumn Pavilions.

A back shot of the dragon that runs through the Spring and Autumn Pavilions.

You can actually go into the dragon that crawls through the pavilions.

You can actually go into the dragon that crawls through the pavilions.

This is just a small sampling of turtles you can find.

This is just a small sampling of turtles you can find.

A long walkway leads outwards into the lake.

A long walkway leads outwards into the lake.

The area has no lack of lanterns.

The area has no lack of lanterns.

The Confucius Temple on the opposite side of the lake.

The Confucius Temple on the opposite side of the lake.

There are both real and fake animals around the lake.

There are both real and fake animals around the lake.

To the left is Guanyin, the goddess of mercy.

To the left is Guanyin, the goddess of mercy.

 

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.

Location

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.

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Posted on February 25, 2014, in Kaohsiung, Nature, Temples and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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