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LANTERN FESTIVAL, TAIWAN FEBRUARY 2019

The Taiwan Lantern Festival 2019 takes place in Pingtung City(屏东), Dapeng (大鹏) and Dongang(东港) from 19 February to 3 March.Now into its 30th year, the dazzling festival attracts 10 million tourists, both local and foreign. 


It adopts a slogan“Ping an peng lai, Light-up30”(屏安鹏来,光耀30)  cleverly playing on the pun of’‘ping’(  屏) as in Pingtung(屏东)  and  ‘peng’ (鹏) as in Dapeng (大鹏).  The wide array of food, city sights, nature attractions and lanterns beckons! After a comfortable flight to Kaoshuing and a relaxing ride through the city where local residents too immerse themselves in this mega event, one is awed by the many lanterns showcasing the creativity of the Taiwanese.

The main attraction of Taiwan’s Lantern Festival is a 16-metre high depicts a giant tuna jumping out of sea, aptly called “Tuna Brings Wealth”. 


Clearly a departure from the usual theme that features the Chinese zodiac animals of the year. Pingtung has decided to showcase the rich marine agriculture that it is well-known for!  This giant golden tuna lantern in its majesty overlooks the Dapeng Bay. It will be permanently on display as a landmark of Dapeng Bay in Pingtung.

Being the Year of the Pig in 2019, it is only appropriate these
cute animals take centre-stage in this grand show of lanterns.
above: Immersed in the deep-sea ­– Under the Sea lantern area

 

 

Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, Kaoshuing
Located in Dashu District, Kaoshuing, Fo Guang Shan
Buddha Museum is a part of the largest monastery in Taiwan. 
The Big Buddha statue, which uses 1,800 tons of metal
to cast,stands at an imposing 108 metres tall. 
There are 8 pagodas lining the 240-metre path on both
sides that leads to this highest bronze Buddha in the world.

With many Buddha statues and The museum houses
the tooth relics of Sakyamuni Buddha, One of the only 3 in
the world. With cultural, literary and spiritual all
encompassing, it is an enchanting place for all.
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Fireworks are flared behind the Big Buddha
during the Lunar New Year festivities
 
Yuejin Lantern Festival Taiwan’s Lantern Festival is celebrated nation-wide annually. 
We visited the lantern festival at Yuejin, a small town in
Yanshui District, Tainan.

We were greatly impressed by
the high standards of the 32 art installations which
turned Yuejin Harbor Water Park into a fairyland.

top: Reflection of a bottle.
Focusing on the theme of “Breath of Light”
art-pieces are placed along and in the water of the lake, previously a harbour.
It shows much dedication from the people of Taiwan. 
This is achievable through creativity and sheer diligence!

THE FINALE

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