This glass building in Budai is the highest high-heeled structure in the world. It is not actually a real church, it is a classic tourist trap that is slowly fading in popularity. There is not much here except this and some seafood restaurants, but it was still fun to visit.
Budai is a fishing port village in Chiayi county and has the only ferry to Penghu from the main island of Taiwan.
Construction of the high-heel church was completed in 2016. It is composed of 300 pieces of blue glass and is 17.76 meters tall, 12 meters wide, and 25 meters long.
Many people were afraid that the building would be abandoned by tourists after completion because it is lacking in historical or cultural significance. It is said the chapel was built to honor the women that suffered a breakout of blackfoot disease which broke out in the area decades ago, which prevented them from wearing high heels and having a happy wedding.
After construction, it received the Guinness World Record for the highest high-heeled shaped structure in the world.
Even though the high-heeled building is used as a wedding venue, it is not a real church and is not related to any religion.
How to get there:
By car/scooter: Take provincial highway 17 or Expressway 61 to Budai along the coast in Chiayi, then head west to the coast. The high heeled church is near the ocean in Budai and is hard to miss.
By bus: You can take bus 7209H from Chiayi HSR station, which takes about an hour and a half to reach Budai.
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Budai High Heeled Church was a fun stop for us on our round-island tour of Taiwan in 2021. It was a fun place to take photos and enjoy the scenery.
For a better view of the area, check out our drone footage above.
Or you can see our 360 degree spherical panoroama above.
We drove there by car and got there right before sunset.
Next to the high heel church there is a viewing platform where you can look out over the oyster feilds near Budai harbor.
View of the platform.
Sunset over the water. Ferries to Penghu in the background.
Moon and high heeled church behind.
Some artsy teepees here.
Making our way to the church.
Love sign in front of the church.
View of the church from behind.
View from the east.
Another view of the reflection.
The reflection pool around the shoe is pretty impressive.
Reflection of the shoe and the moon.
Another view of the moon and shoe.
Small playground in the park here. There were a fair amount of people here but not super crowded by any means.
View from the front.
At night, lights and music went off.
There are also about 100 disco balls in there.
And inside is a screen with the church.
Moon through one of the artsy towers here.
View from behind at night.
Another artsy wooden tower at night.
View from the side.
View from the air.
More photos of the area in the gallery above.
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