Lukang

Lu-kangis situated at the edge of the coastal plain on the west-central coast of Taiwan. In local parlance it means deer harbor.It derives its name from the fact that wild deer roamed the then-undeveloped plains around the town. In the distant past Lu-kang was one of Taiwan’s 3 most important harbors. Because of severe silting of the sea and the Lu-kang River, today it is placed some distance from the shore.

The best known of crafts in the region is woodworking, fan making, incense manufacture, tin sculpture, and lantern making. In fact Lu-kang boasts of more recipients of Living Heritage awards than anywhere else in Taiwan. On a trip to Lu-kang one can see these highly skilled artisans at work.

==== LU-KANG – ATTRACTION

Old market Street – This street is made up of the curved, red-tiled lanes of today’s Putou, Yaolin, and Tayu streets. Both sides of the streets are lined with newly renovated old-style shop buildings that feature intensely interesting internal room layouts and old-style exteriors. Here you can feel some of the atmosphere of old Lu-kang.

Lu-kang Folk Arts Museum – This is a European-style structure in Lu-kang. It exhibits a large collection of artifacts. These include articles of daily use in ancient times. Worth seeing in this museum is the external appearance of the opulent building, the complicated layout of its rooms, and the collection of folk artifacts that lies within the museum.

Nine-turn Lane – The famous lane was built with many turns and curves. It was so built to prevent the entry of bandits and avoid damage from the September winds.

Remembrance Hall, Lungshan Temple, Wenkai Academy Civil Shrine Martial Temple are also attraction of tourist here.

==== LU-KANG – WHEN TO GO

The summers in Lu-kang are hot with occasional thunderstorms. The spring and fall have moderate temperatures. The winters are cool. From September strong north easterly monsoons blow large amounts of sand and dust. This continues till March. So, spring season is good for visit.

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