228 Peace Park – Stone Lions

More than one hundred years ago, there was a pair of stone lions in front of the old government office of Taipei.

That office was gone, but the two stone lions were moved in this park, till now.
(See more History of Taipei)

The lion with a ball under its paw is male.

The other lion with a baby cub under its paw is female.
(See more Chinese guardian lions)

Do you notice that there is a ball in the lion’s mouth?

Why is there a ball in the lion’s mouth?

It is said that there was a hero in ancient times.

He had a magic ball.

As long as he put the ball in his mouth, he could change into a lion.

The lion he changed into scared away the monsters which had been disturbing people.

That is why there is a ball in the mouth of the stone lion.

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