Big Buddha of Baguashan

  Overlooking the City of Changhua 彰化巿, is the Big Buddha 彰化大佛 of Bagua Mountain 八卦山. The Great Buddha sits 72 feet tall on a lotus flower made of ferroconcrete. Internet searches for images of the Big Buddha turn up mainly daytime photographs, where the shadows created by the sun make Buddha's eyes seem closed in meditation. However, the... Continue Reading →

Taipei Confucius Temple

The first generation of the Taipei Confucius Temple also known as 臺北孔子廟, was originally constructed in 1879. From what I can gather from some searching on the Internet, it was originally located where the current Taipei First Girls High School is now located. The original temple was torn down during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan in... Continue Reading →

1000 Buddhas

Jinbaoshan 金寶山, which translates to 'Golden Treasure Mountain' is a serene cemetery site located in the Yangmingshan  陽明山 mountains on the north coast of Taiwan. Jinbaoshan is known for its vast burial sites and tower covering the mountainside, its view of the north coast, many sculpture gardens and the gravesite of famous Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng. Thousands... Continue Reading →

Chingshuei

When they say you can get just about anything at a Taiwanese Service Stop, they weren't kidding! This is the main entrance to a rest stop/service center off the highway, not an amusement park or shopping mall! I guess it was kind of an amusement shopping center considering what it housed.     This Service... Continue Reading →

Baoan Temple

I visited the Dalongdong Baoan Temple 大龍峒保安宮 also known as the Taipei Baoan Temple 臺北保安宮 when I was in the Datong District in Taipei, Taiwan. The architecture and adornments are absolutely beautiful! The original temple which was a simple wooden structure was built in 1760. The temple was replaced in 1804, and through the centuries has been extended and improvements... Continue Reading →

The Grand Hotel

Looking for a place to stay when you visit Taipei, Taiwan? Check into The Grand Hotel (圓山大飯店). It's a true landmark located on Yuanshan (圓山) in the Zhongshan District. If you've ever flown into the  Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) you may have already caught a glimpse if this 14 story, golden tiled palace. It was the tallest... Continue Reading →

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