Category Archives: Temples

Yuanshan Water Shrine 圓山水神社: A Secluded Relic in the Capital

A signpost and stone lantern at the Yuanshan Water Shrine.

A signpost and stone lantern at the Yuanshan Water Shrine.

Most people get off at Jiantan Station to fill their stomachs at the Shilin Night Market.  However, a hidden relic of the Japanese colonial era is a mere few minutes away.  While there are thousands of temples in Taiwan, the Yuanshan Water Shrine 圓山水神社 is one of the few remaining Shinto shrines.  When standing in the middle of the shrine’s garden, it’s hard to believe you’re in Taipei at all.  Here are some pictures from my first visit.

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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.

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Tales of Getting Lost: Shanguang Temple 善光寺 and Misread Maps

Shanguang Temple 善光寺 on a clear day.

Shanguang Temple 善光寺 on a clear day.

Even with the internet, GPS on phones, and tourist-friendly maps, I often find myself getting completely lost.  Maybe it is something innate within me, or maybe I don’t clearly pay attention to directions.  Either way, I often find that getting lost can lead to amazing experiences and take you to places you may have never found on your own.  Today’s “getting lost” story is about underestimating distance, Shanguang Temple善光寺, and Jeremy Lin.

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