Baguanshan is perhaps the most famous religious site in Changhua, and has the best views of the city and the surrounding area. It is also known for its large buddha statue and viewing platform. There are also hiking trails and historical sights nearby. It is definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Changhua.
Baguashan can literally be called "Eight Trigram Mountain" because Bagua means eight triangles placed together, which is said to ward off evil in Buddhism and Daoism. The mountain was named as a key battleground during the Lin Shuangwen Rebellion, in which a clan of Hakka people rebelled and was crushed by the Qing Dynasty.
Later during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, the mountain was used as a military base. During the ROC era, local resident Lin Qingyao built a temple here and a giant Buddha in 1956. A veteran's memorial martyr's shrine was also built by the ROC on the mountain.
The mountain itself is only 97 meters above sea level but still provides great views because it is surrounded by flat land. The mountain is slowly rising and in millions of years will create a mountain chain.
How to get there:
By car/scooter: Take provincial highway 1 to the foot of the mountain, then turn up. There is limited parking on the side of the road and two paid parking lots which can get full on weekends.
By Train: The mountain is within ten minutes' walking distance from Changhua TRA station.
I have been to Baguashan once, and it was a great experience. It is definitely my favorite place in Changhua City. It is great for taking photos either with Changhua City or the giant Buddha.
For a full view of the area, see our drone video above.
Or check out our 360 degree drone photo above.
We visited on a weekend, and the parking lots were jam packed. We had to go up to the upper parking lot and wait for a spot to open.
Near the top of the mountain there are also some retired military planes sitting there.
And a jet.
More photos of the top of the mountain above.
Map of Baguashan.
Another map of the area.
Views through the trees looking toward Taichung from the top of Baguashan.
View of the city below.
From the parking lot there is this metal skywalk that leads to the giant Buddha.
Giant water storage facility.
Lanterns on display.
An empty fountain.
A splash fountain with no water.
View looking south from the mountain.
Another view from the skywalk.
In front of the temple there are a few stalls selling food and trinkets.
There are also a lot of trees which provide some nice shade.
In front of the buddha there is a big splash fountain.
180 degree views from the viewing platform in front of the Buddha above,
Another view of the Buddha.
Selling boiled eggs.
Another view of the Buddha with stone lions.
ROC jets in the air. It was double ten day.
Closer view of the buddha.
View looking up.
View looking at the city from the Buddha.
A closed door into the buddha.
View from behind with windows on the Buddha's back.
three story monastery behind the Buddha.
Last view from behind.
Views of the temple.
Pagoda next tot eh temple.
Another pagoda near the temple.
The Skywalk here is 1 KM, the longest in Taiwan.
Views of stalls below.
Lanterns in the trees.
Playground next to the parking lot.
More photos of the area above.
At the bottom of Baguashan, you can also find the Martyr's Shrine, Confucius Temple, Fountain of Youth, and Red Hair Well.
For our full blog on the Red Hair Well, click here.
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