Hakka Cultural Park
Today we’re cycling in Pingtung, and we’re going to
visit the Liudui Hakka Cultural Park.
Pingtung has public bicycles that you can rent with
a credit card or iPass. Today we’re riding on the
first and so far the only bicycle path in Taiwan that
runs under the freeway.
When the Hakkas immigrated to Taiwan from China, one
group went to the north and one group came to the
south. Around 1721, times were difficult, crime often
broke out and looting was prevalent in this part of
Taiwan. The Hakkas in the south formed six military
camps to protect themselves. “Liudui" means “six
camps.” The conflict eventually subsided, but the
six villages in which Hakka people in the south lived
came to be known as “Liudui.” this is Liudui Hakka
Here at the cultural park, you can learn a lot
about Hakka culture, including what Hakka people
in southern Taiwan eat.
This is pork knuckles. Savory, spicy and garlic-y.
There are lots of really great displays here. This
was a real tobacco barn, originally built 65 years
ago. Lots of tobacco was produced here because the
government gave price guarantees on tobacco, which
makes good money to begin with.
In the park, rice paddies and tobacco fields are
living displays and they cycle through them several
times a year.
This is the “bagong,” or the earth god, a real earth
god. When do people pray to him? Once in the morning
and once at night. For what do people pray to him?
Anything. “Bagong” is like everyone’s uncle, people
pray to him like they do to their ancestors.
To be honest, this is my first time in Pingtung
City and at the Liudui Hakka Cultural Park. We,
just like 99% of everyone else, usually go straight
to Kenting for the beach to go surfing. If you want
to get to know Hakka culture and enjoy this wonderful
cultural space, this is where you should come!