|The Sen-ji Pavilion that we see
now was rebuilt in 1925. This is the largest and
most complete Si-ji pavilion in Taiwan. The compound
of this pavilion is designed in a centralized parallel
manner. The buildings include the pavilion itself,
central gate, and main gate. The entire space is
designed in an organized manner. The central gate
consists of a cloud-wall and ¤K-shaped gate,
which displays an elegant shape and soft feeling.
The tall stone brushes on both sides contribute
a feeling of stability and visual enjoyment to this
space. The layout truly justifies the craftsman's
dedication and sincerity.
The pavilion is the essence of the entire building.
The pavilion is divided into the foundation and
the pavilion itself. The foundation is a square
and 2-story erection made of washing-pebbles.
The dragon-shaped stone carving on the four sides
of foundation are unusual treasures. The spectacular
shapes and the abalone carving show the construction
skill as well as the mixture of eastern &
western cultures. The pavilion contains a furnace
for people to burn paper money. The pavilion
is made of stones, and consists of 3 stories.
The carving "Kirin spits books" on the
bottom level is finely crafted with an elegant
shape. The middle level is the opening of the
furnace. The Chinese couplets on the furnace
remind people to respect words so as to promote
literature. On the top are two dragons embracing
the tablet of Sen-ji (literally translated as
Holy Remain). A calabash decorates the roof.
In general, all levels of the pavilion are designed
in different ways and constitute a perfect unit.
This pavilion is a good example of "totality includes partiality,
and partiality includes totality".
Sen-ji Pavilion of Lung-tan is an outdoor facility
for worship with complete onstruction and scenery.
Its layout and construction style reveal a plain
and spiritual feeling. As such, this pavilion
is a valuable ancient site for the respect of
literature. Unfortunately, a portion of the garden
was eliminated due to the widening of roads in
recent years resulting in the pavilion's situation
right next to the road