Luodong, also spelled Lotung, (羅東; Luódōng) is a city in Yilan County.
Luodung is accessible by train, bus(Capital star, Kamalan or Guoguang) or car(National Freeway 5). Navigation is easy as all street signs are in both Chinese characters and either Romanization or English.
There is a free city bus. The buses run every 30 minutes or so. Route maps are in Chinese only. Taxis are available at the train station, and the bus station near Jungshan Park. Bus drivers and taxi drivers at this time(2009) do not speak English.
There are several spots of interest. The biggest attraction is the Luodong Sports Park. There are basketball courts, tennis courts, a professional baseball field, a track for exercise, in addition to areas for strolling, fish feeding (Japanese Grass Carp) and other outdoor activities.
Another park is the Luodong Forestry Culture Garden, on the north side of Luodong. It is built around two logging ponds from the Japanese logging era. The main attractions here are the old train engines and the giant tree stump sculptures.
Luodong Night Market, located on three sides of Jungshan Park, is full of food stalls all with traditional Taiwanese cuisine. Try the oyster omelette, fried rice noodles, or filled tapioca starch balls. For the brave at heart, or smelling impaired, try the stinky tofu. Good buys are dried fruit from Yilan County and an abundance of costume jewelry.
Many temples dot the city of Luodong. Each one is dedicated to a particular god. Gung An temple is one of the biggest. There is also a smaller one dedicated to Sun Wu Kung (the monkey god). The smaller temples are often the most intriguing. While the larger temples have many of the same gods, the smaller temples are dedicated to lesser known deities, such as the god of agriculture, or even the "Brother Pig" - god of thugs and seedy night life.
National Center for Traditional Arts http://www.ncfta.gov.tw/ncfta_eh/main/index.aspx - Found at the end of the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle 台灣好行 close to the ocean. The purpose is to preserve and promote the traditional arts. There is one notable old temple, whereas the rest of the building looks like a reconstructed old street with red brick buildings much like other Lao Jie's in Taiwan. There are performances here.
According to the travel guides, there isn't much to do in Luodung, but it is a fantastic jumping off point to see the rest of Yilan County.
Actually, there are plenty of things to do.
Within Yilan County