On the same day I went to Treasure Hill (previous post) I also went to a place I will call "Sesame Hill". It's Chinese name is "Zhishan", but the character for "zhi" is one of the characters that is in the word "sesame", so I'm going to call it Sesame Hill from here on. I didn't notice it at the time, but when I looked it up later I found out that the nearby subway station looks pretty cool.
A wizard-themed traffic safety poster.
It was unfortunately already quite late by the time I got here, and I had a bus back to Tainan to catch, so I just whizzed through and took a bunch of grainy, blurry photos and then was out of there. I want to go again at some point in the future, because it seems like a pretty cool place.
There was a collection of Arhat statues, which one can see in various places all over Taiwan. I've posted photos of them before. This guy doing a "raise the roof" pose usually makes an appearance. I just looked it up, but I think his name is Kanakavatsa. There is a set of 18 individuals who regularly appear in Chinese Buddhist art it seems.
There were a million frogs in this pond.
At the top of the hill I was greeted by this neon gate. Taiwanese temples love neon signs.
Here's the same sign with the contrast and saturation jacked up. This is more like what it felt like to me when I came upon it after tramping up the very dark hill.
I only got to look at this temple for like 30 seconds before I had to head back down and go to the subway. Some other time!
And that's it for Taipei for now!