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Wugou Hakka Community

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Founded by Hakka migrants from Guangdong who migrated to Taiwan during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722), Wugou Hakka Community (五溝) is a superbly preserved and characterful village of approximately 400 households. Surrounded by banana, betel nut and coconut groves, the streets - which are far quiter than those around the nearby Wanjin Basilica - make for very pleasant random exploring.

The toponym means "five ditches," and it wasn't until settlers began to dig irrigation channels in the late 18th century that the region's tremendous agricultural potential could be exploited.

The most famous of the many traditional buildings in the village is the Liu Ancestral Hall (劉氏宗祠). Established in 1864, the buildings in this complex date from 1887 to 1921. Like many other ancestor-worshiping institutions in Taiwan, until the arrival of the Japanese it also served as a school where the Chinese classics were taught. Among the beliefs associated with this shrine is the worship of a minor deity called Lord Xiqin (西秦王爺). It was to him that Wugou families traditionally brought infants who constantly cried, were unduly nervous, or whose development was stunted. Lord Xiqin adopted them so they could safely grow up.


From Pingtung City, take Highway 1 (the old provincial road), then follow the signs  southeast toward Wanluan and then Wugou. Bus no. 8212 (just two services per day, at 8:55am and 4:45pm) from Pingtung Bus Station goes through Wugou en route to Wanjin.

Type: Village
Costs: free
Location: Taiwan
Street address: Wugou Village, Wanluan, Pingtung County
Nearest public transport: Wugou bus stops
Opening hours: 24/7

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