Templed out ~ ah, the delights of Lukang!

Yep, temples, temples, temples, that’s the historic town of Lukang ~ down on the coast not far from Taichung and definitely an important place to take visitors to ~ so off we went yesterday for the day with our good friends Mr. and Mrs. Chiu from St. James’ Church, Taichung, to show Lynn – our delightful visitor from the Philippines – all the amazing sights…

The 2 most famous temples in Lukang are Longshan Temple:

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and Matzu Temple…

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and both were full of worshipers and tourists and junior-high school students on their graduation trips….

Lukang is also famous for its lanterns, being made there and then – colour everywhere!

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There’s also the old streets and shops to wander around…

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and of course tons of delicious and very famous Lukang delicacies things to eat ~  ice-cream at the old Sugar Factory train station, famous meat buns, squid soup and of course pig’s blood soup ~ which most foreigners are not too keen to try, but hey there’s plenty of pig’s blood soup in the Philippines, so there’s smiles all round!

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And in the afternoon to the Glass Factory just down the coast where there are exhibitions and things to see, including a glass Matzu Temple and a kaleidoscope – it’s fun!

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Phew, templed out, that’s me!   Taiwan’s temples are interesting from a historical and cultural perspective, but spiritually very dark and oppressive places…

1 John 1:5 ‘This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all’….

Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Chiu for a great day – and thanks Lynn for coming and giving us so many opportunities to show you around!

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2 Responses to Templed out ~ ah, the delights of Lukang!

  1. Joan Ross says:

    Thank you once more, Catherine, for the wonderful photos and descriptive prose. It is great to get to know, in a small way, what your part of the world is like. So different from our home ground!

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