The Dragon of Pagoda in Kew Garden and Lotus Pond | 龍之塔


吉客鏈:東方寶塔 X 龍的印象 X 名勝亮點


In the western imagination, dragons are bad and scary. For instance in Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, or even Saint George of England, which is often portrayed as killing a dragon.

Photo Credit | Dad Hsu

Those western dragons aren't the ones I used to know.

I was raised up near to the dragon and tiger of pagodas, at the edge of the Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung. I and my younger sister even dressed in 'the dragon - color' made by my skillful mum, when I was probably 7 and she was 3. (More reading about Lotus Pond - Old FongShan City - Lotus Pond )

The dragon in my belief system is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. It can protect and bring a prosperous life for people. Over the dynasties, only emperor could wear the dragon gown.

The look of dragon I used to see composed with antlers of a deer, head of a camel, eyes of a demon, neck of a snake, belly of a clam, scales of a carp, claws of an eagle, paws of a tiger and ears of an ox was friendly, not scary.

The KEW's Pagoda