john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

Travel Taiwan Haiku - Kaoshiung Lotus Pond


Lotus Pond
temples spread out
like a sacred bloom

Lotus Pond
temples spread out like petals
of the sacred bloom

Lotus Pond
temples spread around
like petals

Lotus Pond
gods and goddesses too
wait for tourists

Lotus Pond
i try hard to find
a lotus

Lotus Pond
a round about way to
beautify Kaoshiung

Around the Lotus Pond, there are giant statues of gods and goddesses including that of Kuangying. On one bridge there are numerous figures of Chinese gods in different postures, exhibiting their skills with swords as well as objects of miraculous power. The only drawback when I visited it this afternoon (July 11) was that steps were still being taken to upgrade the lake. There is now little water in it and nowhere is there even a lotus in this big lake. The temples here however are breathtaking in their grandeur especially their colourful and intricate rooftop architectures that include colourful swallow tail layered roof tips. One of the temples has its statues and ceiling
carvings of sandalwood. When you walk into it, the smell envelops round you and takes you to a different realm.

Submitted: Friday, July 11, 2008
Edited: Thursday, October 09, 2008

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