Photo Story : Taiwan – Part 4

After the visit of Sun Moon Lake on previous day, you are not ready for any ordinary sight and you love the day when your expectations are fulfilled or I should say, exceeded. To read about last three parts of photo story of Taiwan, please refer Part-1, Part-2 and Part-3.

Fo Guang Shan (Chinese: 佛光山) is around 50 years old, an international Chinese Buddhist monastic order and new religious movement based in Taiwan. The headquarters of Fo Guang Shan, located in Dashu District, Kaohsiung, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The organization is also one of the largest charity organizations in Taiwan.

Founded by  Hsing Yun, the order promotes Humanistic Buddhism and is known for its efforts in the modernization of Chinese Buddhism. And availability of Star Bucks inside monastery premises is the best proof of it. Number of restaurants, cafes and shops inside monastery never makes you feel that you are in religions premises.

The entrance is not extra ordinary and at entrance, you can never  imagine, what mixture of art, religion and technology, you are going to witness inside the monastery.

Beyond the Welcoming Hall are eight Chinese-styled pagodas on either side of the main avenue leading up to the Bodhi Square.  And every step towards Bodhi Square reminds you how tiny we are and our problems. A peaceful surrounding, artwork everywhere and Statue of Buddha at the highest point….what else can you think of?

 

And yes, looking back from different levels, from Bodhi square will never allow you to stop the camera clicks…Proofs 🙂

Above the hall are four stupas that symbolize the Four Noble Truths.

Standing behind, there is an enormous seated metal Shakyamuni Buddha of 108 meters height and believe me, that’s the most beautiful sight.

The Center was opened at an international ceremony on 25 December 2011 and the memorable picture from the opening ceremony is mind blowing.

And with this, if you are thinking, this photo story is ended, you are mistaken. Remember? I said, the dream place was Taipei….So, I am yet to cover the main part – Taipei City….And of course, one more beautiful place from Taiwan…Stay tuned 🙂

Photo Story : Taiwan – Part 1

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….

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(picture source : Google and my phone)