Bagua Mountain 八卦山 with the famous Big Buddha 八卦山大佛 on top is probably Changhua City's most visited site. With an altitude of 97m above sea level, the mountain visibly sticks out from the rest of the city, which spreads out on the plains of Western Taiwan. The iconic 26m tall Buddha, that protects Taiwan, has become one of the nation's landmarks, attracting foreign and domestic visitors alike. As an avid Taiwan enthusiast, I had to climb up here to see it for myself - and naturally, I was very curious about the famous Buddha statue overlooking the city. Below are some of my photos from that adventure, hope they can serve you as a reference for your own trip.
Tourist map of Bagua Mountain. Please click on it to enlarge.
Walking up Bagua mountain will take you around 15 min. The trail is not too steep, so even if you're out of shape like me, you will still be able to make it. We started the tour up at the intersection of Kongmen Road and Zhongshan Road Section II. There is a paifang (or Chinese arch) above the road. Once you cross that intersection, you walk through and voila - you're right below Bagua Mountain (see a map here). Then the climb begins.
View over Changhua City
Nine Dragons Fountain
The Big Buddha
The Buddhist Temple
After we came back to Zhongshan Road, we decided to explore more of the central Changhua and wrap it up with a visit to one of the poplar night markets. In ,y next post you can read about Yongle Street, Changha's popular shopping street. There is of course much more to see on Bagua Mountain, but we haven't had time to explore the other parts of the mountain. All in all, you can spend a whole afternoon here, in case you just want to see the Buddha and head back, 1-2 hours should suffice.
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