One of the prettiest towns in central Taiwan is only a short train and a bus ride from some of areas biggest cities. Take a day trip to explore beautiful old Lugang and the giant Buddha in Changhua.
Taiwan has a tendency to knock old buildings down, and often “old towns” in Taiwan only stretch a block or two, but Lugang is different. Lugang is one of the prettiest towns I’ve seen after spending a year in Taiwan and well-worth the time it takes to get here.
Train to Changhua
Take a train from Chiayi to Changhua. The local train takes about an hour and a half and costs a little over 100 TND.
Bus to Lugang
There is a bus station in front of Changhua Train Station. The bus station is across from a McDonald’s. When you get to the bus station, look for the English signs that says “Lugang Tourist Shuttle” and get in line. There is a bus every 15-30 minutes, so you shouldn’t have to wait long. You can use your Easy Card to get on the bus, otherwise you can pay in change. The ride to Lugang is about half an hour from Changhua.
What to do in Changhua
The big tourist attraction in Changhua is the giant Buddha statue. It’s easily accessible from the train station. When you get out of the station start walking straight and you’ll eventually reach the park. Then climb up through the park to the top of the hill to see the temple and statue.
Changhua city also has plenty of old architecture worth exploring.
And interestingly Changhua also has some pretty good shopping, including a ton of sneaker shops, so there should be plenty to keep you entertained in town.
What do in Lugang
Lugang’s historic center is quite large. There are plenty of beautiful old buildings…
…gorgeous old temples…
…and gift shops to keep you entertained.
Also check out the old-timey arcades with wooden puzzle games and pinball machines.
You can even get some fun traditional snacks in Lugang such as tea soup, which is a weird but tasty mixture of sweet and salty.
So if you’d like a fun day trip from Chiayi (or Taichung or Tainan) hop on the train and head over to gorgeous old Changhua and Lugang for some picturesque red brick streets, shopping, fun, and history.
Have you been to Changhua or Lugang? What did you think and what did you get up to while you were there? Let me know in the comments.
And check out Oscar’s vlog for some more fun in Changhua and Lugang.