Donggang, Pingtung

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Dongang Township
Traditional Chinese 東港鎮
Literal meaning East port township
Hanyu Pinyin Dōnggǎng Zhèn
Wade–Giles Tung1-Kang3 Chen4
Pha̍k-fa-sṳ Tûng-kóng-tsṳ́n
Hokkien POJ Tang-káng-tìn
Donggang Township in Pingtung County
Donggang Township
Jinde Bridge

Donggang Township or Tungkang Township (Chinese: 東港鎮) is an urban township in west-central Pingtung County, Taiwan. Located on Taiwan's western coastline, along the Taiwan Strait, it has one of Taiwan's largest fishing harbors. Dapeng Bay with its national scenic area is just south of Donggang. The town also has East Haven Palace of Eastern Prosperity (東隆宮; Dōnglóng gōng; "Donglong Temple"), which worships "Royal Lord Wen" (溫王爺; Wēn wángyé. The word Wen is pronounced the same as "plague" in Chinese), and is known for its triannual ceremony of "burning king's boat" (burning plague boat).

History[edit]

Donggang was opened as a port by the Chinese admiral Koxinga in the 17th century. It was a major commercial port for Taiwan until the end of the 19th century. During Japanese rule, it was placed under Takao Prefecture as Tōkō town (東港街?) and served the Japanese naval facilities in Dapeng Bay.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The township comprises 23 villages: Bade, Chengyu, Chuantou, Dapeng, Datan, Dingxin, Dingzhong, Fengyu, Gonghe, Jialian, Nanping, Tunghe, Tunglong, Xiabu, Xinghe, Xingnong, Xingtai, Xingtung, Xingyu, Xinsheng, Zenghai, Zhaoan and Zhongxing.

Economy[edit]

Donggang's primary economic activities are fishing and agriculture. It is famous for its fresh and abundant seafood. The town has a flourishing tourism industry which peaks during April to June, due to the availability and increasing popularity of the southern bluefin tuna for sashimi. The town's other delicacies include karasumi (desalinated mullet roe) and sakura shrimp.

Tourist attractions[edit]

Transportation[edit]

The nearest railway station to Donggang Township is the Nanzhou Station or Libian Station of the TRA Pingtung Line. The township houses the ferry harbor to Dafu Port in Lamay Island.[1]

References[edit]

Lee Fongmao (2011). "East Haven Palace of Eastern Prosperity". Encyclopedia of Taiwan. Council for Cultural Affairs. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 22°28′00″N 120°27′16″E / 22.46667°N 120.45444°E / 22.46667; 120.45444