Friday Photo: Chicken Lays Golden Fortunes at Lotus Pond

Bei-Ji Shien-Tien Emperor
Bei-Ji Shien-Tien Emperor at Pei Chi Pavilion

Many tourists in Kaohsiung head to Lotus Pond (蓮池潭) to see the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, but there are other temples nearby that attract fewer tourists and have unique characteristics for visitors to enjoy.

Much like the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, the Spring and Autumn Pavilions (春秋御閣) has a large statue that serves as a shrine. The pavilions are dedicated to Guandi, the god of war, and has a statue of Guanyin, the goddess of mercy, atop a dragon that visitors can walk through.

chicken fortune teller
It may not be Zoltar, but it does provide fortunes

There is also the Pei Chi Pavilion (北極亭), a Taoist temple for Xuan Wu, which features a large statue of Bei-Ji Shien-Tien Emperor (北極玄天上帝). Visitors to this pavilion can walk through the base of the statue and into the temple.

At the Pei Chi Pavilion visitors can find fortune-telling vending machines at the entrance to the statue of Bei-Ji Shien-Tien Emperor. There are similar ones at other temples, but this one has a mechanical chicken that lays golden eggs with fortunes inside for only NT$50.

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