I traveled to Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan for five days and four nights in the middle of September. I was impressed by Taiwan when I visited Taipei at the end of April, and I revisited Taiwan in less than a half year. I had some difficulties in gathering information compared to Taipei, but I found there were lots of things to do in Kaohsiung as well. In this article, I will write about Lotus Pond as part of Day 3.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Formosa Boulevard Station
* Day 1: 85 Sky Tower and Singuang Ferry Wharf
* Day 1: Singuang Ferry Wharf (Light-up) and Liuhe Night Market
* Day 2: Cijin island
* Day 2: Former British Consulate and Shoushan LOVE Valentine’s Lookout
* Day 2: Pier-2 Art Center
* Day 2: Love River (Light-up)
* Day 3: Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
* Day 3: Lotus Pond [This article]
* Day 3: Taroko Park (Light-up)
* Day 4: Taiwan Sugar Museum
* Day 4: Central Park Station (Light-up)
* Day 4-5: Formosa Boulevard Station (Lighting Show) & Return Home
I returned from Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum to Zuoying Station and then moved to Lotus Pond.
Lotus Pond is a man-made lake with the entire length of 1.4 km located in the suburb of Kaohsiung city. The pond is surrounded by several temples, pavilions and statues. In particular, Dragon and Tiger Pagodas are the most famous tourist spot and I will walk around Lotus Pond from Dragon and Tiger Pagodas in a clockwise direction.
By the way, I happened to see “Kaohsiung bear Hero” again, which I often saw during the trip.
Dragon and Tiger Pagodas / Cih Ji Palace
I will begin strolling around Lotus Pond from Dragon and Tiger Pagodas.
In front of the buildings, there were dragon and tiger statues.
Tigers are believed to be the worst animal among the Chineses zodiac in Taoism. Entering the dragon’s mouth and coming out from the tiger’s mouth is the right way to visit Dragon and Tiger Pagodas.
There was a circular stairs in the pagoda.
View from the top floor.
I came out from the tiger’s mouth, as suggested.
Looked up the pagodas.
This is Cih Ji Palace, located across from Dragon and Tiger Pagodas.
Spring and Autumn Pavilions / Wuliting / Qiming Tang
After I left Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, I moved to Spring and Autumn Pavilions and Wuliting.
First, I went to Wuliting, which floated on the pond.
Just like Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, Spring and Autumn Pavilions were symmetry.
View from Qiming Tang, located across Spring and Autumn Pavilions.
Other snaps around Spring and Autumn Pavilions.
Pei Chi Pavilion / Statue of Taoist God Xuan-Tian-Shang-Di
Then, I moved north and reached Pei Chi Pavilion.
There was the Statue of Taoist God Xuan-Tian-Shang-Di over there.
The statue was 72 meters tall, so it had a tremendous impact.
At the north end of Lotus Pond, there was a Confucius Temple.
Here are some snaps of the Confucius Temple.
Kaohsiung Products Store etc.
After I left the Confucius Temple, I will walk around the east side of Lotus Pond. Here are some snap photos.
I arrived at Kaohsiung Products Store, which sold souvenirs etc.
Is this the mascot character of Kaohsiung Products Store!?
This is the front entrance.
I stopped by a cafe in the building to take a rest.
Then, I moved to the next destination, Taroko Park, and I will write about it in the next article.
That’s it for the article about Lotus Pond as part of Day 3 of my Taiwan Kaohsiung trip.
As Lotus Pond, especially Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, is one of the most famous tourist spots in Kaohsiung, so there were lots of visitors. Although I didn’t visit it due to my schedule, there was also Old City of Zuoying near Lotus Pond. If you have enough time, I would recommend you visit it as well 🙂
In the next article, I will write about Taroko Park as part of Day 3.
1 Lotus Pond
2 Dragon and Tiger Pagodas
3 Cih Ji Palace
4 Spring and Autumn Pavilions
6 Qiming Tang
7 Pei Chi Pavilion
8 Statue of Taoist God Xuan-Tian-Shang-Di
9 Confucius Temple
10 Kaohsiung Products Store
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Very nice photo and description. May i know how to reach Lotus pond from ZuoYing?
Hi Wong KC, thank you for your comment again. In my case, I moved from Zuoying station to Lotus Pond by taxi. It would be possible to walk to the north side of Lotus Pond including Confucius Temple (- I guess it takes 20-30 minutes on foot), but I would like to start my visit from Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, which is located on the south side of the pond and is farther away from the station, so that’s why I used a taxi. I hope my reply will be of some help 🙂
What is the best time of day to visit Lotus Pond?
Hi CL, thank you for your comment. I’m not sure what the best time of day is to visit Lotus Pond. In my case, I visited it in the afternoon due to my itinerary. Generally speaking, I don’t think there is so much difference between in the morning and in the afternoon.