Lungshan Temple

Lungshan Temple

Lukang (also Lugang) in Changhua County is the second oldest town in Taiwan. This modest town is famed for its culture and heritage that have been well-preserved through the generations. A pride of this settlement is its historic district, where red brick buildings with traditional Taiwanese architecture still stand firmly.

 giant fortune sticks at Lungshan Temple

giant fortune sticks at Lungshan Temple

 photoshoot at Lungshan Temple

photoshoot at Lungshan Temple

The ideal way to take in the sights and sounds of Lukang is by going on a walking tour, with Lungshan Temple that features carved dragon pillars, pagoda ceiling, and exquisite garden courtyards, as starting point. The 233-year-old temple accommodates Goddess of Mercy as resident deity.

street of Lukang

street of Lukang

Mo Ru Lane

Mo Ru Lane

From there, stroll over to the narrowest of narrow Mo Ru Lane, followed by Lukang historic district, where century-old flavours of Cheng Yu Chen (since 1887) await.

 Lukang Old Street

Lukang Old Street

second generation Cheng Yu Chen

second generation Cheng Yu Chen

 Cheng Yu Chen traditional biscuits

Cheng Yu Chen traditional biscuits

all in the family

all in the family

From these traditional biscuits to the fashionable pudding of Simple Delicious Workshop, from classic street food fare of fried oyster omelette and large intestines rice vermicelli to hipster cafés, the saying that one can get to know a place well through its food holds true in Lukang.

 鹿港童年往事之懷舊柑仔店

鹿港童年往事之懷舊柑仔店

Simple Delicious Workshop

Simple Delicious Workshop

Xinzu Temple

Xinzu Temple

 Chinese biscuits that are also available in Malaysia

Chinese biscuits that are also available in Malaysia

Also well known in Lukang is Ellen “Bicycle” Café (ELLEN鐵馬咖啡 – 鮮烘咖啡專賣), popular among the locals for its freshly baked bread and snacks, as well as coffee products, such as delicate coffee, drip coffee, coffee gift packs, coffee-making utensils, and more.

ELLEN 鐵馬咖啡 - 鮮烘咖啡專賣

ELLEN 鐵馬咖啡 – 鮮烘咖啡專賣

Ellen brews her coffee

Ellen brews her coffee

From what I understand, Ellen began her coffee business from a tricycle. Due to overwhelming support for her aromatic coffee, she was able to move her business to a permanent shop.

 frying oyster omelette

frying oyster omelette

Lukang street food

Lukang street food

Lukang street food

Lukang street food

I wouldn’t say that Lukang is an “exciting” town, as its glorious days as a port town is long gone. However, tourists who enjoy a laid-back lifestyle will fancy it, so would foodies, because of the array of street food options.

Lukang street food

Lukang street food

Lukang street food

Lukang street food

If you have visited Lukang before, do you plan to make a return trip?

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