Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhism Monastery → Yeliou Geo Park → Chiufen Village
DHARMA DRUM MOUNTAIN
Dharma Drum Mountain overlooking the coast at Jinshan, is the largest Buddhist community in Northern Taiwan. The scholarly teachings of its late leader Dharma Master Sheng Yen (1930-2009) was first known for his academic interpretation of Zen Buddhism. The complex is formally aa Buddhist education center, with a library, meditation halls, conference rooms and accommodations for monastics and visiting scholars, as well as dining halls, landscape gardens and collections of religious artworks and artifacts.
The Village of Chiufen were once centers of gold mining in Taiwan. The gold is gone, but these quaint old villages, built of closely-packed houses clinging to steep mountainsides, continue to offer enchanting scenery and fascinating glimpse into the lifestyles of the past.