After a night at Raohe Night Market, we woke up the next morning feeling refreshed, and ready to head out to the next city on our Taiwan Tour: Kaohsiung.
Kaohsiung turned out to be one of our favorite cities in Taiwan, and had a lot of beautiful sights to see and explore. One of our most favorite things was the Lotus Pond.
Lotus Pond is a man-made lake in the Zuoying District, on the east side of Kaohsiung. The lake was opened in 1951, and is most famous for the various temples and pavilions that line the perimeter of the entire lake. As the name suggests, there are many lotus plants that grow in the water which only add to the magical quality of the pond.
In 2009, Lotus Pond was the site for many water sports during the World Games, and still attracts tourists and locals alike.
Finding Quiet Solitude:
Going to the Lotus Pond was the perfect thing to do after traveling the day before. There are no tickets or passes to be bought, so we were free to walk around the pond and take as much time as we wanted in the pavilions.
Once we got to the pond, we grabbed a quick lunch at a bakery across the street, and then started walking around to explore and take in our surroundings. Check out our video below to see what we had for lunch, because it was DELICIOUS.
We went inside almost every pagoda, but here are a few of our favorites.
Dragon & Tiger Pagodas 龍虎塔:
These pagodas were unique because we had to pass through each mouth to go to the top of the buildings. From the top we could see the entirety of the dragon and tiger bodies, as well as a great view of the pond and the surrounding city.
Spring & Autumn Pavilions 春秋閣:
These pavilions were built in 1953, and with bright red & orange hues, they are strikingly beautiful against the clear waters of Lotus Pond. We visited on a calm, warm day, and couldn’t help but marvel at the beauty of these pavilions.
If you think this statue looks big in the picture, just imagine it being double the size in person. Something I’ve learned while traveling is that whatever you capture with a camera, can never do the actual place/statue/building justice. The towering statue was so impressive, and had incredibly intricate paint work and design. You can just tell that the artist put painstaking effort into the art piece, and it’s amazing to see how it has been maintained.
The Beauty is in the Details:
What I loved most about Lotus Pond were the incredible details on each structure, along with how the natural elements interacted with the man-made ones. Lotus flowers grew in this man-made lake, and birds perched contentedly on the long fingers of one of the statues. This only added to our experience, and I was able to appreciate it even more.
Check out Lotus Pond!
If you find yourself in Kaohsiung, Lotus Pond is a must see if you’re looking for a quiet day activity, or if you just have some extra time to spare. It’s a nice change from the hustle & bustle of the night markets, and a great place for photographers, nature lovers, or people who appreciate beautiful things.
Feel free to walk or bike around the pond, and don’t forget to check out the shops and bakeries that are nearby. There’s nothing better than eating a sweet pastry while admiring the beauty of Kaohsiung.
How to Get There: Take The Red Line and get off at Zuoying Station (R16), and then walk down Mingtan Road to Lotus Pond