I have a little more of Chiayi to introduce. First of all, there's this thing. (See photo below)
Do you remember how in the last post I mentioned that the main building of the Kagi Shrine burned down? Well, guess what they replaced it with. (See photo below) Yeah. I'm not sure why either.
The tower is kind of neat though. It's located at a high spot in the park, and of course it's tall itself, so you get a great view of the city if you go up to the top.
Down in another part of the park are some old cannons...
...and an old engine.
After leaving the park, I drove around town and encountered some interesting buildings.
This church has quite a bit of history to it from what I understand, but the grounds were closed, so I only took photos from outside the gate.
Near the railway station is a site that belonged to the Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation (TTL). During the Japanese era, various important industries like alcohol production, salt, tobacco, etc. were under the control of a government monopoly. This system made the government a lot of money, so when the Republic of China took over Taiwan after WWII, they took over this system and maintained it. It wasn't until 2002 that the monopoly on tobacco and alcohol was eliminated. The TTL still exists, and they are still a major company in Taiwan (they are the makers of Taiwan Beer, for instance) but you can buy alcohol and liquor made by other companies as well now.
This site is being turned into some sort of art space from what I can tell, though I think they're not done yet since most of it appeared to be just empty. There are some cool, old buildings on the grounds too.
The site is right next to the railway tracks.
Across the street from the TTL property above, there is this building. This was also a TTL property. (Maybe it still is too. I'm not sure.)
Around back are some more buildings in a similar style, all arranged around an open courtyard.
This probably used to be a chimney.
I went to get dinner and came across this building.
And this is where I ate dinner. This restaurant is REALLY popular. Be warned if you go on a weekend or holiday like I did.
It was already too dark to get anymore good photos, but I stopped by this station anyway. This is part of the Alishan Railway line that leaves from Chiayi station and goes up into the mountains. The station building is rather old. It probably dates back to the Japanese era since the Japanese government built this railway in order to ship valuable trees down from the mountains.
A local temple's impressive gate.
I also stumbled across this temple too. It looks interesting, but it was too late to go in. Next time I'm in Chiayi, I guess!