Lanterns at Matzu Temple [天后宮] in Lukang [鹿港], Taiwan [台灣] [A Photo Essay With Video]

Lanterns at Matzu Temple in Lukang, Taiwan [Look at the beautiful sky]
My Travel Monkey Lanterns at Matzu Temple in Lukang, Taiwan [Look at that beautiful sky]
Close-Up Shot of the Red and Yellow Lanterns - Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan
Close-Up Shot of the Red and Yellow Lanterns – Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan

My Obsession with Lanterns

If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you are probably aware of the fact that I have quite the obsession for certain things. Flowers are definitely high on the list, closely followed by dragons and sunsets. However, during this time of the year, I find that lanterns are ranked at the top of my list of things to see and photograph.

Maybe it is because there are newly hung lanterns everywhere – especially in front of temples to welcome the New Lunar Year. It could also very well be that there are lantern festivals happening all over the island now which are always quite the spectacle.

The Taiwan Lantern Festival is kicking off today in Taoyuan [about an hour’s drive from Taipei] and maybe I feel compelled to complete this post because this may be the first year in seventeen years that I won’t be able to check it out, which actually makes me a little sad. 😦

See, sometimes I forget that pregnancy has certain limitations [for those that missed the announcement, read here]. I can no longer spend countless hours wandering about. I get tired easily and have aches and pains where I never thought possible. My brain is finally coming to grips with the fact that it is not all about me now.

I am willing to do whatever it takes to keep the little bundle of joy safe inside. That is probably why a two hour drive to the lantern festival, followed by a night of exploring, and then a two hour drive home is not in my best interest at the moment.

And let’s not forget that I feel my photography is not up to par these days as I refuse to kneel down or bend a certain way or stand on something in order to frame what I believe to be a good shot. My husband has actually been my go-to guy for help when it comes to this.

So maybe this year, the lanterns around the Matzu Temple in Lukang, Taiwan will have to suffice.

However, I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that I get an extra boost of energy later this week or next week so I can attend the Taiwan Lantern Festival.

Shadows and Lanterns - Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan
Shadows and Lanterns – Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan
Lanterns and a Dragon - Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan
Lanterns and a Dragon – Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan
More Lanterns - Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan
More Lanterns – Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan
Lanterns and a Dragon [2] - Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan
Lanterns and a Dragon [2] – Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan

Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan

Matzu Temple, located is Lukang [also spelling Lugang], Taiwan, is one of the oldest and most popular temples in Taiwan. It was originally built in 1725 and renovated in the 1920’s. Beautiful cravings, most showing their age, can be admired throughout the structure.

If you go to this temple during Chinese New Year, then you will know what I mean when I say it is popular, as Taiwanese worshippers flock to the temple to ‘bai bai’ [worship] for good luck and good fortune for the new year. I visited this temple on Chinese New Year’s Day a couple of years ago and captured the scene in the picture below. Needless to say, it is self-explanatory why I didn’t even attempt to enter the temple on that particular occasion.

Matzu Temple on Chinese New Year's Day - Lukang, Taiwan
Matzu Temple on Chinese New Year’s Day – Lukang, Taiwan

However, what I love about the place is that during this time of the year new lanterns are hung to welcome the New Year. Temple celebrations are also in abundance and if you are lucky enough like I was, you can take in a lion dance or a warrior routine.

I had the chance to visit Lukang recently on a beautiful sunny day – a perfect day to photograph the new lanterns and capture the place on video. I just love how the lanterns cast a shadow on the ground below – just gorgeous!!

[Please note that I feel a little uncomfortable photographing/video-recording the alters and statues as well as the people while they worship, so that is why the video is lacking close-up shots.]

Hope you enjoy.

The Video

Warriors - Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan
Warriors – Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan
Waiting Warrior - Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan
Waiting Warrior – Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan
Another Shot of those Beautiful Lanterns - Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan
Another Shot of those Beautiful Lanterns – Matzu Temple, Lukang, Taiwan

Treat Day

Oh, and a trip to Lukang isn’t complete without a couple of baozi from one of the famous stands in town.

And I treated myself to a Starbucks’ caramel frappunccino. I went from having a coffee a day to one every month or two, so boy, did this one ever taste good!

Is there anything that you are particularly fond of? Please let me know in the comment box below.

Baozi [Steamed Pork Buns] - Lukang, Taiwan
Baozi [Steamed Pork Buns] – Lukang, Taiwan
Baozi [Steamed Pork Buns] 2 - Lukang, Taiwan
Baozi [Steamed Pork Buns] 2 – Lukang, Taiwan

Starbucks - Lukang, Taiwan
Starbucks – Lukang, Taiwan

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Temple Warriors, Lanterns, & a Temple Tour - Matzu Temple [天后宮], Lukang [鹿港], Taiwan [台灣]
Temple Warriors, Lanterns, & a Temple Tour – Matzu Temple [天后宮], Lukang [鹿港], Taiwan [台灣]
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27 thoughts on “Lanterns at Matzu Temple [天后宮] in Lukang [鹿港], Taiwan [台灣] [A Photo Essay With Video]

  1. Lovely pictures and video! Seems like a blast!

    Out of curiosity, what camera do you use? 🙂

    It’s funny, I know so many people (including myself) who used to drink a lot of coffee and now they don’t drink any or almost any coffee anymore! In South Africa, we still don’t have a Starbucks store, although they are supposed to open in the first quarter of this year. Personally with me, if I do drink coffee nowadays, I tend to go for Vietnamese coffee. It’s surprisingly less sweet than I thought it would be! That caramel frappuccino looks yummy though!

    1. Thank so much for your lovely comment!

      I gave up drinking coffee when I found out I was pregnant. I read that a coffee every now and then in moderation is ok, but I do try to keep it to the bare minimum. Starbucks is actually really popular here which is surprising as it is quite pricy [compared to other drink and tea shops.]

      BTW, I use Sony camera which a great zoom lens for close-up shots and I also have a Canon DSLR [I can’t remember the particular models off the top of my head.] But, whatever camera you are using is pretty awesome – your shots during CNY look very professional.

  2. I’ve actually seen the news channel on TV show this temple on CNY Eve at night where everyone is on standby for the clock to strike midnight, and then it is a mad dash to see who gets to plant the first incense stick! It would have been pretty spectacular to watch… from a helicopter!

  3. Things certainly change when you are pregnant. Many things get so much harder or even impossible/ too dangerous to do on your own.

    Now after watching those pictures I really really want to eat some baozi!

  4. These are such beautiful shots of the lanterns and the temples. So vivid, so colourful. Sometimes walking around slowly and not pushing yourself, you allow yourself more time to appreciate what’s around you and get more shots 😀 Those are very good shots of the baozi. Very clean and crisp, and they look sooo deilcious! I could probably eat a handful right now. It is great that the buns are covered – which seems a common practise in Singapore and Malaysia too. Here in Australia, it is all too common to see food such as buns, bread and muffins at cafes exposed to the air.

    At the moment, I’m particularly fond of ice-cream. Perfect in this summer heat 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comments, Mabel. I am glad you enjoyed the photos.

      Yes, as the saying goes, everyone should ‘slow down and smell the roses.’ I also love taking my time and enjoying the scenery. However, I always want to see everything, which is difficult when you get tired easily [like I do now].

      Ice-cream is the best, particularly during the summer months. However, shaved ice with fruit is what I usually go for in Taiwan.

  5. Those lanterns fluttering in the wind are just gorgeous. What a fantastic sight. I hope you got to see the Taiwan Lantern Festival. Being pregnant can get in the way of the fun stuff every now and again. It’s all worth it though! #MondayEscapes

  6. Wonderful photos and I love lanterns very much too – especially when they are lit up. We also like steamed pork buns – a great combo for a good day out! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

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