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Spreading over 34 meters in width and 157 meters in length, Longshan Temple is a national historic monument that showcases magnificent architecture, artistic carvings, and vibrant wall paintings. The temple hosts a wide collection of art masterpieces and earned its reputation as the palace of Taiwan’s folk arts. The main hall worships Guanyin goddess, re-enshrined from China’s Quanzhou City. Even though Longshan Temple has undergone several restorations over the past few centuries, it has well detained its original layout and architectural elegance as its first repair in 1831. It is the most well-preserved Longhsan Temple in Taiwan and is now a acknowledged national treasure.
Constructed in the 17th year of Jia-Qing Emperor of Qing Dynasty, this national historic site is composed of three building blocks with Wen Kai Academy on the left, Wen Temple at the center, and Wu Temple on the right. Commonly known as the Wen Wu Temple, this institution used to be Lukang’s center for education and was the cradle for many famous poets and scholars.
With more than 400 years in history, Lukang’s Mazu Temple still hosts the original Kai-Ji Mazu statue, the only remaining founding Mazu statue known to the world. Our Mazu Temple was established in late Qing Dynasty in the center of Lukang, a city known as the trading and cultural hub of Taiwan. The temple exhibits exquisite architecture, wood and stone carving and wall paintings that are works of famous artisan masters of the time. Lukang Mazu Temple is a national historic site that draws millions of visitors every year.
A-Zen Steamed Buns are both delicious and health conscious; they use only CAS-approved pork in conjunction with secret ingredients to produce the finest pork buns that are world-famous and recommended by the Wall Street Journal.
At the First Market, you can find some of the most authentic street foods of Lukang, including oyster omelets, duck meat thick soup, pyramid dumplings, soup vermicelli, shrimp balls, taro balls, meat balls, squid thick soup, pork thick soup, and pig blood soup noodle. With as little as NT$100 one can enjoy up to three delicious local delights.
Established by master Zheng Chui in 1888, this famous bakery shop has been producing tea snacks for Lukang’s high society for more than a century. Its signature snacks include phoenix eye cake, agar-made jelly, mung bean cake, crunchy cake, and more.
Ducks are first blanched, and the meat is removed from the bone and then threaded. The bone is then braised for hours to create the duck broth. And finally, both the duck meat and broth are cooked with bamboo shoots, pickled vegetables, ginger, fungus, and dried mushrooms to produce a bowl of delicious duck meat thick soup.
Well known for its signature noodle soup that has a rich variety of ingredients and toppings, San-Fan is also famous for offering a very traditional style oyster omelet that is crisp and juicy topped with plenty of chopped green onion and fresh oysters.
This is the only place where thin noodles are hand-made, stretched, and dried at the courtyard of a traditional three-block house. The owner’s humble, friendly and welcoming personality makes Lin’s thin noodle factory a popular destination for photographers and visitors.
Lukang Folk Arts Museum used to be the residence mansion of the Koo family, one of Taiwan’s top five prestigious families a century ago. In 1973 the Koo family donated the mansion and its surrounding green space to establish Lukang Folk Arts Museum where Qing dynasty arts and treasures are well kept and displayed.
The unique design of the entrance and the colorful human sculptures set a happy, healthy, and balanced ambience. BRAND’S Health Museum helps one to understand his/her body and introduces the concept of health through fun and interactive media.
Abandoned Japanese dormitory blocks built during Showa Years were refurbished and turned into performing stage for local masters to showcase arts of Chinese calligraphy, decoupage, sword-lion, and an array of traditional craftsmanship; hands-on DIY workshops taught by masters are also available.
Yi Lou is also known as the Remembrance Hall where a romance story ended in vain. Yin Niang, the lady awaiting the return of her husband who traveled far to the imperial exam, spent years at the attic of her residence overlooking a carambola tree planted by her husband. Her husband never returned and Yi Niang eventually died in grief.
Also known as the 9 turns alley, Jiu Qu Lane stretches over one kilometer long starting from Lukang’s Longshan Temple (south) through the First Market (central) to the Mazu Temple vicinity (north). The alleyways are narrow and curved allowing residents to shield against invaders and the strong ocean wind.
Shi Yi Lou has the structure of two shop fronts and is interconnected by an overpass corridor where high society personalities gathered to enjoy the TEN great recreations – music, chess, poetry, wine, painting, flower, moon, gamble, tobacco, and tea.
This exquisite estate was founded by a Lukang scholar who won the rank of “Jinshi” in Qing court’s imperial exam and later returned home to establish his family residence. Occupying over 1,000 square meters in vicinity, the mansion possesses, in the following order, a shop front, deep well, guest hall, central well, and a main hall. The layout, carvings, and colorful paintings of this ancient mansion are all worth savoring.
Lukang Assembly Hall has become a Changhua County designated monument since July 14th, 2000. The site used to be a community center and assembly hall for residents of Lukang’s old street, it was later remodeled to become Lukang’s art exhibition center.
Built in 1935, the Fuxing Barn House was Lukang’s largest warehouse to store and preserve rice and food supplies. The building was designed with the traditional “tiger window” on its rooftop to ensure adequate ventilation and humidity. Fuxin Barn House is now a significant landmark in the greater Lukang area.
National Heritage Award Winner Master Li Bing-kuei is an expert wood carving artist whose creations range from buddha statues, historic figures, wild animals, to temple architecture and home decorative furniture. Master Lee receives his inspiration from calligraphy, traditional literature, ancient stone carving and architectural designs.
Located across from the Longshan Temple, Master Chen’s Studio creates tin-based sculptures that become popular home decorative art pieces. Master Chen’s creations are so highly respected that one art piece was presented as state gift by former KMT Chairman to Chinese President in a historical cross-straight event in 2005.
Lukang is often regarded as an open-air museum where conventional customs, historic landmarks and traditional craftsmanship are exhibited daily. Many artists are trained and groomed in Lukang and over time develop to become experts. Master Shih’s creation of buddha statue gives the sculpture lively figure, gesture, and facial expression that are unparalleled in the art of buddha statue craftsmanship.
Master Shih has devoted 40 years to the art of wood sculpture and has earned numerous prestigious honors including National Folk Arts Heritage Award, Artist Golden Lion’s Award, and National Craftsman Achievement Award. Master Shih’s works are collected and displayed at many national historic sites/temples and he is also leading a government program to promote and teach the art of wood sculpting.