Lugang Old Street

Lugang Old Street, Lukang: Address, Lugang Old Street Reviews: 4.5/5

Lugang Old Street
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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2,130 contributions
Don’t miss the opportunity to take a stroll down the Lukang Old Street and share in its unique old charm.
Jan 2020
From 28 December 2019 through to 14 January 2020 my wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary on an 18 day Asian tour enjoying short visits to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Laos and Singapore.

Our 6 night private tour of Taiwan arranged through Wendy Wu Tours had hotel stays in Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

On the last day of our tour we travelled on the west of the island from Kaohsiung (Taiwan’s third largest city and its largest port) back to the capital Taipei; a 350 kilometre easy drive on an excellent highway. On the way we visited the charming old town of Lukang (formerly known as Lugang) at the halfway point. Lukang was one of the really surprise stops on our tour boasting some really wonderful attractions. Our itinerary took us to two excellent temples – Xinzu Temple and Long-shan Temple and to get to both of these we enjoyed a very pleasant stroll along the Lukang Old Street.

Lukang Old Street is essentially the narrow, curved, red-tiled lanes of today's Putou, Yaolin, and Dayou streets. Both sides of the street are lined with old-style, renovated shop buildings featuring interesting room layouts and old-style exteriors. There are many shops selling well made handicrafts and lots of street food vendors selling a wide range of novel, local food specialties. We enjoyed our walk passing the many shops and by keeping our eyes opened we were rewarded with some pleasant unexpected surprises.

We were fascinated by one shop which had very salty dried cod roe for sale. There were around 70 of these in orderly rows on a rather crudely assembled but effective wooden table. They were elongated heart shaped and parted down the middle by a defined line and brightly coloured orange. Another store was selling a range of candies and biscuits and yet another was offering an eye catching display of what my research for this review has determined to be Tanghulu. Tanghulu, I discovered, is a traditional Chinese cuisine made by stringing wild fruits with bamboo sticks and dipping them with maltose and tasting sweet and sour. The red and wild mountain plants are arranged on bamboo sticks according to their size, and they are covered with crystal clear sugar. They make for a very colourful and tempting display. Finally my wife, who is an ardent cat lover had to take a photo in the store that had its ginger and white cat cheekily making its home in its own cat basket amongst a range of toys for sale.

Visitors to Lukang should not miss the opportunity to take a stroll down the Lukang Old Street and share in its unique, old charm. I understand that it can get very crowded on weekends, which is not surprising, given the immense atmosphere of the place. How fortunate then that we were here on a weekday (Monday) when very few people were around.

This was a memorable experience.
Written August 11, 2020
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Horlicks88
Canning Vale, Australia682 contributions
Good stroll
Jan 2020 • Family
Around this old town, the main stop is the temple, surrounding this is lots of restaurant specialises is oysters, along the way lots of stalls selling snacks food, drinks, fried various seafood and local biscuits. Worth a visit here.
Written January 24, 2020
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TravellerMan72
Oslo, Norway1,379 contributions
Charming old street
Nov 2019
Charming small street in the heart of Lugang (Lukang) town. Many shops, tea shops and old red brick buildings. The street is historic and a must visit when in the town.
Written November 24, 2019
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jeffayn
Shah Alam, Malaysia648 contributions
Lovely Old Street...
Mar 2019
This is a great walking tour .. it give you a story about LuGang, sometime in the past... narrow lanes, but full of memories...

It is interesting and not taking up too long time.. an 60min~90min stroll would be good enough...

There will be lots of traditional souvenir shops, snacks, food stall along the walk.. the best part is.. if you are tire, you can hire e-trishaw .. or else, is a totally free walking tour...

At the end of the walk, depending where your started... it is the famous Matsu Temple.. of course beside the Matsu, there is a handful of other temples/shrine along the walk..

I personally do enjoy the walk..
Written November 3, 2019
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,290 contributions
Annoying motorcycle traffic
Sep 2019
The narrow Lukang Old Street wasn’t anything special. It was lined with shops selling useless tourist trinkets and restaurants serving nothing that looked appetizing. The excessive motorcycle traffic in the narrow lane was quite annoying and we couldn’t wait to get out of the street. Other than an old brick building here and there, the street itself wasn’t exactly scenic either.
Written September 16, 2019
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David H
Union City, CA8,033 contributions
Another great Old Street
Aug 2019 • Couples
Before coming to Lugang Old Street, I was not very impressed about Lugang (which I was thinking to come for a long time). Once spotting the entrance of it, I was sold completely. After touring the street, I was so glad to finally come to experience this great old street which is full of history, culture, architecture and more! It’s definitely a place you can come to explore more Taiwan culture, history, immigration and fully enjoy another spiritual experience.
Written September 6, 2019
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Regina F. 🎈
Mossel Bay, South Africa2,821 contributions
Old Lugang... A piece of history
Jan 2019 • Friends
Old Lugang with its winding narrow lanes, little shops, little eateries and the many small shrines.

We were there on a Sunday afternoon and it was so crowded, but it was still nice.

Photography is possible!
Written January 13, 2019
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Robert W
Singapore, Singapore1,615 contributions
Old Town
Dec 2018 • Family
Lao Jie or old town in Lukang. Many narrow paths with old houses or shops lining both sides of the path. Experience the old way of life in Lukang and do Ensure time is allocated for this visit . It will take about 2 to 3 hours if not in a rush. Indulge In the local fare & souvenirs as it’s decently priced. And don’t forget to try the traditional biscuits which is a plenty there. Best of it all - freshly baked .
Written December 26, 2018
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Sook Hoon S
Selangor, Malaysia164 contributions
Squid lips and glutinous rice!
Dec 2018 • Family
Like this old street. The stand out food will be the squid lips. Plump with flesh and very yummy. TWD100 for a pack. There is an auntie selling many flavours of glutinous rice and it is very good. My kid loves it. Dont miss the temple!
Written December 17, 2018
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NanNorth
Washington DC, DC272 contributions
Very interesting ancient street bustling with people.
Nov 2018 • Couples
We took a day trip to Lukang when we were staying in Taichung. Arranged for taxi transport thru Tripool Taxi ($23 USD one way, 40-minute ride) that was very easy and convenient (even for us English-only speakers). Even in the bustling streets, we easily saw which taxi was our ride (the license plate number and model of taxi). The Old Street is very interesting with many vendors and authentic crafts. Highly recommend Lukang and Old Street.
Written November 24, 2018
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