Golden Tunnel & World Under the Sea

Golden Tunnel & World Under the Sea

Located within the industrial area on reclaimed land off Lukang in Changhua County are these attractions known as Taiwan Glass Gallery and glass Mazu temple, both built and owned by Taiwan Mirror Glass Enterprise Limited (台湾玻璃馆), or TMG in short.

Golden Tunnel

Golden Tunnel

Cantonese-speaking guide

Cantonese-speaking guide

The highlights of Taiwan Glass Gallery are Golden Tunnel and Underwater World. As you can probably already imagine, the Golden Tunnel is a maze-like space that is surrounded by glasses and mirrors. The effect of seeing your own reflection everywhere you turn may cause dizziness, so tread with caution.

 yours truly pose for a photo in the World Under the Sea, made of glass, of course

yours truly pose for a photo in the World Under the Sea, made of glass, of course

glass exhibits

glass exhibits

Visitors are required to take off their shoes and wear a pair of Japanese slippers (flip flops), as well as gloves, as they would need to feel their way around the tunnel, looking for the exit. From personal experience, this Glass Tunnel is not suitable for those who easily lose their equilibrium.

more items on display

more items on display

impressive glass craft

impressive glass craft

The other attraction, the World Under the Sea, is more “friendly” to one’s senses. If you have been to the Museum of Illusions, either in Kuala Lumpur or another world city, you would be able to spot similarities with some of the displays. Have fun with the mind-bending illusions with glass!

Kottor Bear in a mirror kaleidoscope

Kottor Bear in a mirror kaleidoscope

a meal at the Glass Gallery, where diners are allowed to take home glassware, but don't take my word for it

a meal at the Glass Gallery, where diners are allowed to take home glassware, but don’t take my word for it

Within the building complex are various glass art-crafts, glassware and masterpieces. I understand that glass crafters would host demonstrations and workshops regularly to impart knowledge to members of the public who are craft enthusiasts.

glass Mazu temple

glass Mazu temple

glass Mazu temple

glass Mazu temple

Adjacent to the main complex within the same compound is the glass Mazu Temple, believed to be the only such structure in the world, made entirely with sheets of glass, except its pillars. This temple is an engineering feat, no less. What a wondrous sight to behold, especially at night when the lights are turned on.

main altar with a mountain backdrop made of glass

main altar with a mountain backdrop made of glass

For more details about Taiwan Glass Gallery and Glass Mazu Temple, visit the website of TMG.

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