Taichung Park (台中公園 Táizhōng gōngyuán) is the oldest park in Taichung city, built in 1903 during the Japanese occupation.
It contains a large man-made lake full of ducks and turtles.
Situated in the center of the lake is the Lake Heart Pavilion, built in 1908 for Japanese Prince Kanin-no-miya Kotohito.
You can cross a foot bridge to go inside the pavilion. It is almost entirely made of wood. Even though the park is in the middle of a busy urban area, from inside the pavilion all you hear is creaking wood and the lapping water of the lake under the floorboards.
In 1999, Taichung Park was granted historical landmark status.
Today the park is popular with families because of the large playground, and people looking for a shady spot to walk their dogs.
It is also the site of large celebrations for Lantern Festival, marking the end of Chinese New Year. I imagine the lake and pavilion are beautiful on a cool night in early Spring, lit only by twinkling red lanterns.
Taichung Park Visitor’s Notes:
- Name in Chinese: 台中公園 Táizhōng gōngyuán