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spiritual experience in a spiritual atmosphere: that's
how I would describe DiShuiFang, the teahouse located
on the first floor of the Chiayi branch of Fokuangshan,
a famous Buddhist organization whose headquarters
are in Kaoshiung County. The organization runs more
than a dozen teahouse-restaurants around Taiwan,
all named DiShuiFang.
Great for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, this
place has a tranquil, soothing atmosphere, spiritual
music playing in the background, and an environment
so clean and spotless that you might think you're in
Outside the window, a lighted waterfall adds to the
serenity (the name of the teahouse means, roughly "place
of dripping water"). The beauty of this place
is best experienced at night. The food is appetizing,
healthy, and also very inexpensive. Among the items
listed on the menu are Vegetarian Beef Noodle Soup
(NT$50), Curry Rice And Vegetables (NT$50), and Fried
Rice Covered With Cheese (NT$50). Portions are large.
The food is not the only attraction. Next to the teahouse
there is an attractive art gallery which makes for
a great pre- or post-dinner stroll. Admission is free.
Gift shops sell Buddhist books, music, and souvenirs.
In the same building, art classes, dance classes, music
classes, and an English-reading club are held. If interested,
ask any member of staff for details. The top floor
is a large auditorium where talent shows and other
events are occasionally held.
The teahouse and art gallery make for a great refuge
from the hustle and bustle of city life, and are conveniently
close to the rear entrance of Chiayi Train Station.
Just look for the Nanhua Education Hall, and you'll
find yourself given a warm and sincere welcome.