A Lighthouse, Sunsets, & Coastal Views: Exploring the Town of Wanggong [王功], Taiwan

Exploring the Coastal View of Wanggong, Taiwan
Exploring the Coastal View of Wanggong, Taiwan

Worth the Effort?

Wanggong is a place that may not appeal or interest most folks, but it certainly appeals to me. It may not be Taiwan’s hottest and ‘must-see’ attractions, but that could very well be why I enjoy going there so much. There is nothing fancy about the place, nothing extravagant. However, the incredible natural views is enough to have me returning again and again.

A Video of Wanggong

Location

Wanggong is a coastal town located on the west coast of central Taiwan. It is not far from the historical town of Lugang, which is also located in Changhua County. Some people opt to visit both of these places to make the ideal day trip – a splash of old and man-made with a dash of nature.

View of the Lighthouse from the Boardwalk -Wanggong, Taiwan
View of the Lighthouse from the Boardwalk -Wanggong, Taiwan
Sunset in Wanggong, Taiwan [1]
Sunset in Wanggong, Taiwan [1]

What to See and Do [and Photograph]

~1~ Eat Seafood

Once you leave the parking lot, there is a row of vendors selling a wide variety of seafood, drinks, and snacks nearby. Seating is provided and the area is shaded with a roof providing shelter from the blaring hot sun common in Taiwan during several months of the year.

I personally gravitate towards the pogo sticks [hot dogs on a stick] just because of the Chinese characters of ‘Wanggong’ and ‘harbor’ written on the outside with batter. It’s a pretty clever marketing tool if you ask me [it captured my attention anyway.]

Pogo Sticks - Wanggong, Taiwan
Pogo Sticks – Wanggong, Taiwan

~2~ Boardwalk and Coastal Views

There is a boardwalk circling the perimeter with trees and other types of vegetation providing some shelter from the elements on each side. There are a few dead ends that branch off the main path which serve as lookout points with pretty good views. It is not really long, but there is a gazebo along the way for those who would like to rest or just take it easy for a while. I should also mention that there are power generating windmills can be seen in the far off distance. Some consider them an eye sore, but I think producing natural energy is the way to go.

Lighthouse and Boardwalk - Wanggong, Taiwan
Lighthouse and Boardwalk – Wanggong, Taiwan
Close-Up of a Flower along the Boardwalk in Wanggong, Taiwan
Close-Up of a Flower along the Boardwalk in Wanggong, Taiwan

~3~ The ‘Zebra’ Lighthouse

When the boardwalk subsides, you are right smack dab in front of the lighthouse. And this is not just any lighthouse, it is one with black and white stripes running up and down, one that I always refer to as the ‘zebra’ lighthouse. This lighthouse can also be admired from a distance at several vantage points along the boardwalk.

Entrance into the lighthouse is not permitted. [However, I recently read that admittance will be granted to the public to enter certain lighthouses in Taiwan in 2015 and 2016.]

The 'Zebra' Lighthouse in Wanggong, Taiwan
The ‘Zebra’ Lighthouse in Wanggong, Taiwan
The View of Wanggong, Taiwan
The View of Wanggong, Taiwan

~4~ The View and Activities during Low Tide

Wanggong has become increasing popular in recent years as city dwellers descend upon the town for a unique coastal experience. I have never personally participated myself, but there are several motor powered vehicles [similar to tuk-tuks in Thailand] that will take travelers to pick clams and what not when the water subsides during low tide. They retreat back to land before the tide becomes high again. The round trip ride will set you back NT$200 and these vehicles are available for hire at the parking lot.

I prefer to enjoy the view from the breakwater wall, with access just meters away from the lighthouse. At low tide, you can see oysters nets from afar. Plus, the sun dancing and shimmering on the water creates such a beautiful, almost mystical, view for photographing.

Coastal View of at Low Tide - Wanggong, Taiwan.jpg [2]
Coastal View of at Low Tide – Wanggong, Taiwan.jpg [2]
Coastal View of at Low Tide - Wanggong, Taiwan
Coastal View of at Low Tide – Wanggong, Taiwan

~5~ The Sunset

Visiting Wanggong is all about timing. Most people [including myself] usually arrive in Wanggong in the late afternoon or early evening, right before the sun descends from the sky and night falls upon the town. I am not entirely sure, but it may be one of Taiwan’s best kept secrets, as the sunset views here are pretty awesome and spectacular. Additionally, there are a few bird-watching huts that extend out from the breakwater wall. Bird-watching enthusiasts use these structures to locate wildlife. However, I use them as for composition purposes when I am capturing images of the setting sun.

Sunset in Wanggong, Taiwan [2]
Sunset in Wanggong, Taiwan [2]
Bird-Watching Hut and Sunset in Wanggong, Taiwan [2]
Bird-Watching Hut and Sunset in Wanggong, Taiwan [2]
Bird-Watching Hut and Sunset in Wanggong, Taiwan [1]
Bird-Watching Hut and Sunset in Wanggong, Taiwan [1]
Bird-Watching Hut and Sunset in Wanggong, Taiwan [3]
Bird-Watching Hut and Sunset in Wanggong, Taiwan [3]

~6~ The Blue Bridge and Its Arches

Once you take in the breathtaking coastal views and sunset, the bridge with the tall blue arches will lead you over the harbor and right back to the parking lot. If you haven’t had enough and you wish to take in more scenery, then veer right, climb up onto the breakwater wall, and continue exploring. That is where you will find the pebble stone arches pictured below.

The Aches of the Blue Bridge - Wanggong, Taiwan
The Aches of the Blue Bridge – Wanggong, Taiwan
View of the Blue Bridge Arches at Sunset in Wanggong, Taiwan
View of the Blue Bridge Arches at Sunset in Wanggong, Taiwan
The Bridge and Boats - Wanggong, Taiwan
The Bridge and Boats – Wanggong, Taiwan
The Pebble Arches in Wanggong, Taiwan
The Pebble Arches in Wanggong, Taiwan

[The pictures included in this post were taken on three separate occasions during the past three years.]

What type of attractions do you prefer? Natural or man-made? Be sure to drop me a line in the comment box below!

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41 thoughts on “A Lighthouse, Sunsets, & Coastal Views: Exploring the Town of Wanggong [王功], Taiwan

  1. Wanggong looks like such a beautiful place, what beautiful scenery it has. Excellent cloud voer. But you might be right – it might depend on timing and that was a breathtaking sunset you caught there. Lucky! That lighthouse looks massive and so good to hear that some of them might be open to the public soon. All the more reason for you to go back.

    In the food photo, those things don’t really look like hotdogs! Battered hotdogs, never seen that in my life 😀

    1. Yes, you are right! It is all about timing when it comes to natural scenery. That is why people sometimes feel disappointed when visiting a place – they expect it to look a certain way but the natural elements are not co-operating.

      Someone mentioned below that the pogo sticks are called Dagwood Dogs in Australia. If you ever see them around, you should one. 🙂

  2. The name of the place itself does not sound like a very enticing name to visitors. I don’t know, King’s Effort does not sound like the name of a terribly interesting place to me.

    You said eat seafood, yet show us two sticks of battered hotdogs. That’s so evil of you! :/

          1. Oh boy. That can be really tough. I do the same at Korean BBQ places. Ha ha! In that case though, it’s primarily organs and I’m not a fan of those cuts. I love my salad and so I make do with the one or two token pieces of cabbage. 😀

  3. I definitely prefer natural sites, but found the lighthouse to be particularly intriguing because of its color and stripes. The imprints of the city’s name and harbor on the pogo stick are very clever!

  4. I prefer visiting natural attractions. Beautiful photos. I especially like the sunsets and the tide flats (coastal view at low tide.)

  5. There’s something special about coastal towns, maybe how they get reflected in the water, maybe how they make you feel when you get to look as far as over the horizon as possible. Maybe I’ll travel to Taiwan some day. If I do, I’ll definitely like to find myself by a coast like this one.

  6. Pogo sticks look really yummy! I’d love to go visit Taiwan someday. Looks gorgeous. Thanks for joining us on #TheWeeklyPostcard blog link-up.

  7. Natural or man made? It depends on what it is. If it interests me, I’m satisfied. That said, I like my nature more natural and uncluttered with man made things, unless some effort has gone into the created piece to make it fit nicely with the surroundings. A vending machine does not fit on top of a mountain.

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