Small County, Big Adventures: 10 Best Things To Do In Changhua

things to do in changhua

Changhua is known as one of Taiwan’s smallest counties, and its rich history is evident in its many attractions. For the nature lovers, there are parks that offer not only lush scenery and mountain views, but also tranquil vibes. Let these ten places give you a much deeper appreciation for this lovely county in the center of Taiwan.

1. Great Buddha Statue of Baguashan

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It’s situated on a hill 74 meters (242 feet) above sea level, and it’s one of Asia’s biggest Buddha Statues. Seeing the Great Buddha Statue Of Baguashan up-close is sure to be a memorable experience. After marveling at the 86-meter-high (282 foot) sculpture, explore the six floors inside to see the dioramas that depict the life of Buddha. When you reach the top, prepare to be mesmerized by the panoramic view of Changhua. Near the legendary statue is a pond that has nine impressive golden dragon figures.

Great Buddha Statue Of Baguashan

Address: 8-1, Guashan Rd., Changhua City, Changhua County, Taiwan

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Contact: +886 47289608

2. Tianzhong Forest Park

A trail in the nearby Tianzhong Forest Park.

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Tianzhong Forest Park is the ideal spot to enjoy nature. You can walk or go cycling on the 3-kilometer (1.8-mile) track to admire the greenery and the view of the Changhua Plain and Taiwan Strait. Birds and butterflies can also be seen here. If you just want to relax, there are areas with chairs and tables. The calm vibes of the park will surely make you stay longer.

Tianzhong Forest Park

Address: 520, Taiwan, Changhua County, Tianzhong Township

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Contact: +886 492580525

3. Nanyao Temple

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2 kilometers (1.2 miles) south of Changhua Station is a temple that honors Mazu, the goddess of the sea. Nanyao Temple was built during the Qing Dynasty period, and it’s well-known for its fusion of Fujian, Western, and Japanese architectural styles. Visit the historic structure and let the unique design of the roof, ceiling, columns, and clay mirrors amaze you. The paintings and the wood and stone carvings are also worth seeing.

Nanyao Temple

Address: 43 Nanyao Rd, Changhua City, Changhua County, Taiwan 500

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Contact: +886 47222893

4. Wanggong Fishing Port

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This port on Yugang Road is famous not only for its fishing industry, but also for its scenic spots. Visit Wanggong Fishing Port to watch the sampan boats unload their newly caught oysters, mud skippers, and fiddler crabs. If you’re hungry, you can visit the food court and restaurants to try out the wide variety of delicious seafood dishes. The mangrove field is another must-see attraction in the area. Apart from the beautiful trees, the field is also home to egrets and many other water birds. Complete your Wanggong Fishing Port experience by checking out the 37.4-meter-high (122 foot) Fangyuan Lighthouse, which was built in 1978. The octagonal tower’s black-and-white features are guaranteed to leave you in awe.

Wanggong Fishing Port

Address: Yugang Rd., Wanggong Village, Fangyuan Township, Changhua County

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Contact: +886 48934758

5. Lukang Old Street

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Travel back to Old Taiwan as you walk on the red brick lanes of this historic site in Lukang Township. Lukang Old Street will astound you with its well-preserved buildings dating back to the ancient times. Most of these structures consist of artifacts that are believed to drive evil spirits away. You can just go for a stroll or visit the shops to buy traditional artworks or famous local delicacies.

Lukang Old Street

Address: 3 Butou St., Lukang Township, Changhua County

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Contact: +886 47764923

6. Changhua Confucius Temple

Confucius Temple, Dacheng Hall, Chunghua (Taiwan)
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This temple on Kongmen Road was built in 1726 in honor of one of the greatest Chinese philosophers of all time. Take a trip to Changhua Confucius Temple and be enthralled by its well-maintained Qing Dynasty architecture. The stone carvings are considered as some of the best in the country. Teachers’ Day, which is on the 28th of September, is the best time to visit because it’s where you can watch the ancient Eight Rows Dance.

Changhua Confucius Temple

Address: 30 Kongmen Rd., Changhua City, Changhua County

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Mondays)

Contact: +886 47236746

7. Yuanching Temple

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Built in 1763, it’s the first temple in the country to worship the Jade Emperor. Yuanching Temple on Minshen Road is renowned not only for its brilliant Qing Dynasty design, but for its awe-inspiring statues and paintings of deities and dragons as well. Enjoy the sights and get to know more about Chinese culture during your visit here. You might also have a chance to see a puppet show dedicated to the gods.

Yuanching Temple

Address: 207 Minsheng Rd., Changhua City, Changhua County 500, Taiwan

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

Contact: +886 47254093

8. Changhua Coastal Industrial Park

Changhua Coastal Industrial Park - Service center in Hsianhsi area
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Changhua Coastal Industrial Park in Xianxi Township is the biggest wind farm in Taiwan, and its turbines are some of the most iconic landmarks of the city. There are over 200 huge windmills on this site, all of which serve as providers of renewable energy. You can take photos or just walk around and marvel at the sights. The park also offers a wonderful view of the sunset, which can be seen at around 6:00 pm.

Changhua Coastal Industrial Park

Address: Qing’an N. Rd., Xianxi Township, Changhua County 507, Taiwan

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 24 hours

Contact: +886 47810211

9. Changhua Arts Museum

Changhua Arts Hall
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It was an assembly hall in 1933, but now, it’s a museum housing relics from the Dutch period and artworks from beloved local artists. Head to Changhua Arts Museum on Zhongshan Road to see the masterpieces up-close and learn more about Taiwanese history and culture. You will also see the last remaining Dutch-built well, which is about 300 years old. The museum’s blend of modern and classical architecture is sure to be a captivating sight.

Changhua Arts Museum

Address: 542, Section 2, Zhongshan Rd, Changhua City, Changhua County, Taiwan 500

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Mondays)

Contact: +886 47287243

Website: Changhua Arts Museum (Chinese Website)

10. Taiwan Glass Gallery and Temple

Mazu Temple in Taiwan Glass Gallery, Changhua County (Taiwan)
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Just like Nanyao Temple, this structure is dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu. What makes it different is its marvelous glass design. Everything in the temple is transparent except for its pillars. Visit this one-of-a-kind site in Lukang Township and marvel at the glass doors, windows, and statues. Lights are turned on at night, making the temple even more spectacular. Beside it is a gallery filled with beautiful glass lotuses, fruits, and many other artworks. Not only will you see the handicrafts, but you will also have a chance to watch how the artists create their masterpieces. Taiwan Glass Gallery and Temple is a must-see for everyone.

Taiwan Glass Gallery And Temple

Address: 30 Lugong S. 4th Rd., Lukang Township, Changhua County 505, Taiwan

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Contact: +886 47811299

Have a wonderful time in Changhua

After exploring the temples, museums, forests, and parks, make your journey even more memorable by having a bite of Changhua’s traditional cuisine. Let the restaurants satisfy your appetite with stir-fried noodles, oyster omelets, mutton cooked with Chinese herbs, fried oysters, and many other local specialties. Bei Men Kou on Minsheng Road is the place to be if you want to try out the popular Taiwanese meatballs. You can head to Pizza Rock near the Changhua Train Station if you prefer Italian dishes. As for the weather, July is the hottest month, while January is usually the coldest. June is often considered to be the wettest month of the year. Whatever the season is, you will surely enjoy the natural and historical wonders of this small county. Begin your epic adventure in Changhua now.

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