Getting good photos inside most of these temples isn’t easy without using a tripod. Most of the time I either didn’t have it with me or was too timid to try it for fear of upsetting the gods. At the Temple of Enlightenment, a Taoist temple at the Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung, I decided to follow my own advice in situations where the rules are unknown or ambiguous: it’s better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for than ask for permission. No gods struck me down this time. Even so, there’s so much going on in some of these places that it’s difficult to really capture it all. The Taoist philosophy seems to be ‘more is better’, at least when it comes to gaudy, golden goodness.