Most famous are the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas found on the south-western edge of the lake. It’s a rather novel experience as you enter via the dragon’s throat and exit from the tiger’s mouth, which is said to symbolize turning bad luck to good fortune. Inside are paintings of heaven and hell, both to inspire you to do good things and to show what might happen if you don’t!
The Spring and Autumn Pavilions are also fun to check out. Located a little to the north of the pagodas, the pavilions are dedicated to the God of War, called Kuan Kung. They are littered with various colorful sculptures and beautiful stone carvings. Further up on the northern edge is the magnificent Kaohsiung Confucius Temple.
There is a walking and cycling path that goes around the whole lake. It takes a few hours on foot, and is an excellent way to escape the crowds that all seem to focus on the pagodas and pavilions. On our last visit and walk around, there were very few people bothering to explore, even to the Kaohsiung Confucius Temple.
How to get there
The Lotus Pond is a 10 minute walk from Zuoying Station, which is on the Taiwan High Speed Rail and Kaohsiung Metro. It’s not far from Formosa Boulevard Station (13 minutes, NT$25) or Kaohsiung Station (11 minutes, NT$25). There is also a Taiwan Railways station next door called Xin Zuoying Station. Follow signs to the Lotus Pond, and then around to the pagodas on the south-western side.
There are a few bicycle rental stations around the pond, such as one nearby the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, and some outside the train stations mentioned above.
Hours and fees
Hours: Park open 24 hours, pagodas 8am to 6pm