Photo Essay: CET Taiwan

Written by Victoria Hans, (Western Kentucky University) Student Correspondent CET Taiwan, Spring 2019

Longshan Temple is a popular tourist spot in Taipei; however, many locals are still seen praying here. This temple has also survived multiple earthquakes and wars.


At a Buddhist festival in Taipei, festival-goers lined up to receive a blessing by one of the monks. As he patted me with the leaves, he murmured a blessing and tied a red string around my wrist.


Din Tai Fung, which is a Michelin Guide-recognized restaurant around the world, originated in Taiwan. Upon entering the restaurant, one can watch the workers wrap dumplings as pictured here.


One of the most striking aspects of our apartment was the view from the eighth-floor balcony; we overlooked a park and multiple restaurants.


To conclude my internship, I helped one of my supervisors at the Museum of World Religions with the opening of a new exhibit in the museum. The new exhibit was on pottery and murals that were made with cloth.


One of the most popular desserts to eat while in Taiwan, mango shaved ice is perfect to complement a hot day.


This is Taiwan’s largest mosque, called the Grand Mosque of Taipei. I was allowed to walk through and take pictures that I will be able to use for my undergraduate thesis.


This was the last day of class at ICLP; pictured is the class I went to first every day, which was about Chinese culture, taught entirely in Chinese.


Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall is also referred to as Freedom Square, which is what the gate pictured says. Chiang Kai Shek led the Guomindang party to Taiwan after Chairman Mao’s party gained control of China. There is a statue of him here, which is similar to the Lincoln Memorial.


To wrap up the semester, our group had a farewell dinner. Pictured is everyone who studied through CET Taiwan this semester, along with some of our local roommates and the CET Taiwan staff.