My trip when going back from Fo Guang Shan ended at Kaohsiung Main Station and was greeted by little drizzle which began to fall.
My time began to be counted down during 2 hours from that time because the next destination would close precisely at 5 pm.
I took my KPP Taiwan Pass out. I got it at Kaohsiung International Airport MRT Station a day before. I immediately moved towards Ecological District Station.
KPP Pass is a cloud-based pass card which used in three regions i.e Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Penghu (three major cities in southern Taiwan)
Finding a bus shelter and waiting for bus no. R35A to get access towards Lotus Lake would be my next step. I waved my hand when bus was fastly running at Bo’ai 3rd Road towards me. Maybe the driver thought that there wasn’t passenger at bus shelter. Nimbly stepping aside, finally bus stopped in front of me.
Apparently the driver was a woman, asking me about where is my destination in Taiwan language made me speechless.
I: “Dragon-Tiger Pagodas, Mam”
Driver: shake her head, her eyes were closed and raised her hand as surrender sign that she didn’t understand my words.
I: “Hahahaha …….”
Driver: looked like a little annoyed when I laugh.
I: “Wait … wait”. I took my smartphone out, I looked for the pagoda image which I meant and I showed it to her.
Driver: “A little shouted excitedly….yeah….yeah….while thumbing up.
After paying USD 0,5 by entering my coin into the fare box, I stood behind.
It took 10 minutes only to arrive at Lotus Lake and finally the twin pagodas were clearly visible.
Panda is an iconic animal in Taiwan, so you will often meet its profile in public places. I found it at this pagoda also.
If you want buy souvenirs, enter that building!
Entering pagodas area, clearly seen the Dragon statue and the Tiger one:
According to the myth, I must enter from dragon mouth and come out from tiger mouth….And I would luck.
This seven-story pagodas with yellow floors and red pillars emit a solemn aura in the middle of Lotus Lake.
Opposite in front of Pagodas stand the magnificent Tzu Chi Palace
I left Lotus Lake on 16:45 to looking for dinner at Kaisyuan Night Market.
My confusion was started here, I didn’t know which bus number must I take and where I must go. At that time, I just used map and compass when traveling there, I didn’t use Google Maps just for save my budget because I didn’t need to buy internet quota. So as long as I don’t get WiFi, then my presence in a country willn’t be detected … It’s cool, I am like CIA agent….Hahaha
If I am confused, I will randomly take a city bus….wherever. Then I will stop near famous spots which I’ve learned before visiting that country. Finally, I randomly took a bus that afternoon. And in confusion, I finally saw Kaohsiung Arena (the biggest soccer stadium in Kaohsiung). I stopped at its nearest bus stop. Either it was free or driver didn’t know, I never tap my KPP pass on automatic fare machine.
From this station, I finally managed to find Kaisyuan Night Market.
It was a little crazy adventure, bro …
14 thoughts on “Visiting Dragon-Tiger Pagodas, Kaohsiung.”
Rencananya aku mau ke Taiwan kak bulan Agustus ini, tapi masih rencana hehe
Wah…. Jalan jalan keliling Asia Timur yaaa…. Kmrn dari Jepang ya… Lihat di artikel milik Elin…….keren banget
Iya kak, mumpung sekarang lagi di Jepang. Kan dekat tuh hehe siapa tau murah
Oh pantesan….. Sekalian aja Taiwan-Hongkong-Macau-Shenzen…. Bisa sekali angkut tuh, Lin…. Deketan itu mah
Kak lain kali bisa di list kira2 habis berapa hehe biar bisa persiapan sebelum ke sana.
Oh berencana ke Taiwan juga…….siap deh, nanti dirinci pengeluarannya….. Tapi ini ala backpacker ya mbak Iffa. Kalau nanti mau berangkat boleh email deh… Kukasih itineraryku dulu.
Oiya emailnya apa ya kak? Terimakasih
Oh ya… Saya ke Taiwan waktu itu ke Kaohsiung (Taiwan Selatan). Kaohsiung adalah kota terbesar kedua di Taiwan setelah Taipe.
Yes… Amazing destination… Amazing adventure…. Amazing story….. Backpacking always find many amazing things which can tell to everyone.
A very interesting blog to know more deeply about the landscapes, monuments and temples of South Asia kingdoms. Thanks for your visit and subscription. I hope we’ll get in touch in the future.
Oh okay. I will tell my journey in Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives in my blog. Just wait for it….
Yes, I will read your articles later.
Pffff!!! I really envy you, man!!! 🙁
You will get the chance too, man….. I very hope you can go there also.