Taiwan’s glass slipper church was built to attract more female attendees, but so far it has been attracting mostly condemnation over its peculiar design — and noisy tourists.
Located in Ocean Park of Budai town, Taiwan, the slipper towers over buildings at 55 feet tall and 36 feet wide. It consists of 320 pieces of blue tinted glass, and took two months to build.
Netizens have expressed concerns over the implications of a shoe shaped building for a sacred space, but the architectural design was actually based on a Taiwanese wedding tradition.
Before a traditional Taiwanese wedding, the bride would wear a heeled shoe to tread on and smash tiles, ultimately throwing the shattered pieces away. This ritual symbolizes the end of past misfortunes and the beginning of wedded bliss.
Recent Chinese weddings have been known to be creative and extravagant, and now couples will be able to have a true Cinderella wedding.
According to Zheng Rongfeng, the spokesperson for the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area, “there will be 100 female oriented features in the church like maple leaves, chairs for lovers, biscuits and cakes.”
This shoe church’s grand opening will take place before Chinese New Year in February and is another worthy addition to our list of must-see travel destinations — at least before Shanghai opens its Disneyland in June.
By Eugenia Xiao
[Images via CCTV]