Sun Moon lake is the most attractive tourist place in Taiwan and the largest water body in Taiwan too. Located in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, east side of the lake resembles the Sun and west side resembles the Moon and hence the name.
Located approx. 2500 ft above sea level, the lake offers many trails for hiking in surrounding area. The lake and surrounding countryside is one of the most scenic area in Taiwan.
Wan Wu temple is the proof of art of its kind. And even after dedicating a whole post to it here, I still feel I could not cover up it completely.
Ci-En Pagoda is another landmark around the lake. Built in 1971, in memories of late president’s mother, the Pagoda is an Octagonal building.
And when you see art in right weather, you appreciate it more.
The hiking trail of 700 m, to Pagoda and the magnificent sight of Sun Moon Lake through trail is a treat to eyes.
And when you are too busy spotting beauty of lake, you find the rope way station and your happiness doubles.
The Sun Moon Lake Rope way is a scenic gondola cable car service that connects the lake to theme park.
Running on Solar and Hydro-electric power, the rope way’s cars are painted red, yellow, and blue to symbolize the red sun, yellow moon, and blue lake.
And again, the lake from the cable car…..unforgettable sight.
And btw, did I tell you? The Sun Moon Lake offers a beautiful biking track around the lake and if you want to believe me, it would be one of the most memorable experience of your life to bike around the lake….
Do you think that’s it about Taiwan? Well, I want to say…stay tuned. Most exciting part is on the way.
If I remember correctly, a beautiful picture of Taroko Gorge was the reason to add Taipei in dream bucket list. Never thought the dream would come true so soon. Taiwan visit was a memorable treat to soul and will always be nearer to my heart..
Taiwan is a small island nation 180km east of China with modern cities, traditional Chinese temples, hot springs resorts and dramatic mountainous terrain. Taiwan is the most populous state that is not a member of the United Nations and the largest economy outside the UN.
When the itinerary read temple with famous Sun Moon lake in Taiwan, I was almost sure that I would not be interested in visiting that temple rather would spend time around lake. But being proved wrong always feels good. That bright, serene and picturesque temple is still fresh in my mind and therefore we will start Photo Story of Taiwan with Wan Wu Temple.
I will allow you to enjoy the visual treat rather than me inking words here….
The Wen Wu Temple (日月潭文武廟) is located on the perimeter of Sun Moon Lake in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan
Previously, two temples were located on the coast of Sun Moon Lake. After the Japanese handed over Taiwan to the Republic of China in 1945, the government invested in developing tourism around the lake. Wen Wu temple was rebuilt again in 1969, increasing its size and constructing it in the Chinese palace style.
The temple consists of three halls. The first hall, located on the second floor of the front hall, is a shrine devoted to the First Ancestor Kaiji and the God of Literature. The central hall is devoted to Guan Gong, the God of War, and the warrior-God Yue Fei. The rear hall is dedicated to Confucius.
This layered and intricate temple is major attraction for the tourists. As soon as you have passed through one temple, you enter another and you do not want to stop.
Every wall and colorful carvings on them are mind blowing proof of art. You will not be able to take off your eyes.
The Wall in the very back of the Temple is like a gate to another palace. I was in awe. Could not stop myself for picture.
Want to watch the whole story in couple of minutes? Here it is….
(picture source : Google and my phone)