The beautiful Man-Made Lotus Lake surrounds the Zuoying District of Kaohsiung City, Southern Taiwan. Lotus Lake or Lotus Pond was opened to public in 1951. The lake is a famous tourist destination of Taiwan and probably the best in Kaohsiung. There are temples to explore, traditional food to try and boat rides to enjoy.
Lotus Lake is famous due to blossoming lotus plants on the lake. It was also named after these plants. It is famous for surrounding temples and its large statue of the Emperor of the Dark Heaven, a Taoist God. The entrance of the temple is a Dragons Mouth. Most of the people enter this lake from Dragon’s Mouth and exit from Tiger Mouth for good luck as per their beliefs.
The most famous temples are the spring and Autumn Pavilions, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, and the Confucian Temple. Lotus Lake was the site for many sporting events for World Games 2009, such as; canoe polo, water ski, and dragon boat. You can go to Lotus Lake by train from Kaoshiung City Center, and the beautiful sights are best explored on foot.
Other Temples on the Lotus Lake include Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, Pei Chi Pavilion, Chi Ming palace, Tianfu Palace, God Temple (Saint-doors Inside the celestial palace), Sianshu Three Mountain Palace, Jhenfu Temple, Cheng Huang Temple, Cingshuei Temple, Cihde Palace and Cihji Palace.
There is a wide variety of food options available in Lotus Pond surroundings i.e. Fire lion cake, Da-dao-gong Peace Cake, Ben Beef noodles, Gong Carambola soup and Fenyang Wonton shop. Da-dao-gong Peace Cake is a part of old tradition in which it was presented to Da-dao-gong’s legend. Fire Lion Cake is a symbol of peace and harmony.
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