Baguashan in Changhua is home to one of the tallest Buddha statues (22m-high) in Taiwan and in the world. Mt. Bagua also has a large temple complex just behind it, as well as some nice parks where you can stroll around.
Walking on Mt. Bagua
There’s a couple of interesting walking paths and farmer’s roads heading southwest from the temple complex and statue, along the mountain spine. These paths offer a glimpse of what countryside life is outside the busy sprawling cities below. The walking here can’t really be described as “hiking”, because most paths are covered with concrete, but the nature is vibrant and lush, and the vegetation is thick and bright green. The smells and sights in the “hidden” and wilder part of Bagua Mountain always remind me that I’m definitely in the tropics.
There are rooms inside the Great Buddha Statue at Baguashan. You can visit them and check out some scenes from the life of the Buddha. It’s not super interesting, but it’s still worth the effort if you’re already in the area.
The following pictures were taken at the temple complex behind the Giant Buddha Statue. On weekends, this place is very lively with families and tourists strolling around, paying respect to ancestors, eating traditional snacks, and snapping pictures. On weekdays, the whole place is extremely quiet.
Map of Baguashan
Getting to Baguashan
High-Speed Rail (HSR) or normal train to Changhua, then bus or taxi to Baguashan.