After exploring the Shakadang Trail, the next stop for my wife and I to explore Taroko Gorge was the Eternal Spring Shrine. About 1 to 2 km down the road from the entrance of the Shakadang Trail lies the Eternal Spring Shrine that is nestled in the corner of a valley, sitting peacefully while spring water flows underneath it. The story behind this shrine was that it was built by the Taiwanese government to commerate the 226 personnel (most of whom were military veterans) who died in the 1950’s during the construction of the Central Cross Island Highway that cuts right through the mountainous range of Taroko Gorge. Looking at the spring water that flows naturally underneath the shrine, along with the rich vegetation all around, it was a very peaceful and serene site.
The Eternal Spring Shrine, with the beautiful spring waterfall flowing through.
View of the Eternal Spring Shrine, showing how wide the valley was.
View of the Eternal Spring Shrine, showing how tall the mountain behind it was.
The trail to enter the Eternal Spring Shrine starts at the entrance of an old steel bridge. Once you walk on to the bridge, there is an entrance way on the right that will lead through a series of caves before you reach the main shrine.
My wife and I at the entrance of the old steel bridge.
Off we go to explore the Eternal Spring Shrine!
Got a nice view of the side of the waterfall, when we entered the entrance of the trail that led to the shrine.
View of the valley from the entrance to the shrine.
Once you walk through the series of caves and tunnels, you will reach the main shrine. Curious to find out from where the waterfall came from, I walked up the flight of stairs to the shrine, and to my surprise, the water actually collects into a rock pool first before draining off the cliff below. There were actually people there relaxing and soaking their feet in this natural spring pool! One thing to take note though, when it rains, the trail and shrine area does get very slippery, so watch out!
The Eternal Spring Shrine.
At the top of the shrine.
The source of the waterfall…a natural rock pool.
Some folks taking a dip in the pool.
and finally, the water falling down below…
The trail actually continues beyond the main shrine, where there are a flight of rocky stairs climbing up to the top of the mountain to a bell tower and eventually leading to a suspension bridge that leads to a monastery. Unfortunately, my wife and I was not able to continue the climb up, as the rainy conditions made it too slippery and dangerous to continue. Definitely I will be there a second time to finish this trail off! I will be back!
What other interesting waterfalls you seen before? Please share your experiences! Cheers!