Taiwan Preview 2

Here’s a selection of images from a religious procession that passed where I was staying on the outskirts of Taichung back in April 2005. It’s the annual pilgrimage by the goddess Matsu and her worshipers from her home at Jenlan temple in Dajia Township (alternate spelling: Chenlan temple, Tachia Township). Here they stopped at a local temple in Dadu (Tatu). The experience was very loud and smoky thanks to the thousands of firecrackers exploding all around me and the burning ghost money. BTW, the first half of the temple photos in the previous post were made at Jenlan temple.

There’s a pretty good write up about the temple with photos by blogger Michael Turton here. And you can get some more background here, here and here.

Unfortunately I believe my trip this year will be too early to witness this pilgrimage again, but it’s definitely one of the events I’d like to document in greater depth if I ever spend a longer period of time in Taiwan.

Taiwan Preview

Next week I’ll be going to Taiwan for about 2.5 weeks. It’ll be my third visit. I’ll spend some time in Taipei but will likely also travel around the country a bit.

Here’s a selection of images from the first half of my 2005 trip. I’ll post some more in the next day or so.

The first image is Sun Moon Lake, a few from the east coast, Taroko National Park with its famous gorge and Tunnel of Nine Turns, and my favourite places to hangout – temples. In this case the first half of the temple images below were from Jenlan temple in Dajia Township (alternate spelling: Chenlan temple, Tachia Township), home of the goddess Matsu. The old temple is Longshan (Lungshan) temple in Lugang (Lukang) and the rooftop and pillars images are of Wenwu (Wunwu) temple overlooking Sun Moon Lake.