Ci’en Pagoda (慈恩塔)

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Address: Zhongzheng Rd, Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 555

How to get there: Xuangzang Temple Bus Stop + strong legs for a bit of a hike

Operating Hours: 9:00 AM -5:30 PM

Entrance Fee: NTD 0

The entrance to the Ci’en Pagoda is a little walk from Xuanzang Temple. It’s a little quiet because there’s not a lot of people who go here. If you don’t have a car, the road to the southern entrance (aka the foot of the climb) of the pagoda is a bit of an incline. You might as well prepare for it.

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The southern steps tell you that there are 500 steps separating the southern and northern entrances. Don’t worry, there are areas where you can rest in the case that you can’t make it in one go.

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Ci’en Pagoda is built in memory of Chiang Kai Shek’s mother. In the alignment of things, it is believed to be the heart of the dragon with the Xuanguang Temple as the mouth and the Xuanzang Temple as the head.

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Unfortunately, we weren’t able to go to the highest part of the pagoda because it was currently under maintenance.

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