Lugang: A Little Sweet Township Still in Old Time

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Lugang , meaning Deer Port, is located in Changhua County, Taiwan Province, China. This township faces the Taiwan Strait. In historical Dutch has taken here and use this town as a port for deerskin trade.

Time flies. Now Lugang is a name listed in Top 10 Small Tourist Towns in Taiwan.

In Southeast China or even Southeast Asia people believe in Mazu, who was thought to roam the seas and protect fishermen safe back home. Mazu is seen as high as the god in other religions.

Nearly every town has a Mazu Temple. Lugang of course is not an exception. In the early 20th century Lugang has the most population in Central Taiwan. Now this role was taken by Taichung.

Lugang Mazu Temple
Lugang Mazu Temple

Everyday many people go there to pray for safety, love or other things.

Lugang Mazu Temple
Lugang Mazu Temple

Peoples donated to the temple and decorated the temple with traditional dragon relief.

Lugang Mazu Temple
Lugang Mazu Temple

This beautiful roof has been built 400 years ago.

Lugang Mazu Temple
Lugang Mazu Temple

Inside the temple what you can’t ignore is the ceiling. I don’t know how many skilled workers spent how many months to make this. But it is so beautiful and shining.

Lugang Mazu Temple
Lugang Mazu Temple

This ceiling seems to be older.

Lugang Mazu Temple
Lugang Mazu Temple

Walking out of the temple to Lugang Old Street.

“Wow, this is exactly what I have seen in television 20 years ago ”

The time seems to have little power on changing Lugang although outsides world increasingly develops and improves every second.

street in Lugang
street in Lugang

In the quiet Lugang Old Street you can feel comfortable.

street in Lugang
street in Lugang

Some families keep their doors open. Via the door you can see the small shrine in the middle of house.

house in Lugang
house in Lugang

Others’ doors are closed but you can see their wish from Spring Festival Couplet they put on in Chinese New Year. On this couplet it says they want to live a year full of luck, peace, safety and fortune.

house in Lugang
house in Lugang

In the old street, there is a market. It is one of typical Chinese market years ago. People set up booth along the street to sell fruits, vegetables, meat, etc.

market in Lugang
market in Lugang

Grandma is sitting and waiting for customers. Her fruits are fresh and delicious.

market in Lugang
market in Lugang
market in Lugang
market in Lugang

You can even find plants. People decorate house with plants.

market in Lugang
market in Lugang

Moru Lane is a funny name. This means the lane is so narrow that can only one person go through. If you by chance meet a girl on the other entrance you can touch her breast. Moru literally means touch breast. I don’t know how the name is made but I guess people in Lugang love

Lugang Moru Lane
Lugang Moru Lane

Lugang is an old town but you can find a lot stories. You can also take a lot of photos.

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