Tiny Temples – Taipei, Taiwan
|One of the easier to find temples|
We went in search of an old temple we had heard about. After hiking for a while we ask directions of a 30-year-old guy, he directs us to the “only temple” on the mountain – the big huge one you can see from the street below the mountain. After that we asked an old grandfather who put us on a tiny little trail headed directly up the mountain. After climbing up the mountain – literally up, climbing ropes would have been nice – we meet the old temple/trail monk caretaker. We barely made it up the trail, how does a little tiny old monk do it? We continue around the mountain, every few turns there are huge, life-sized statues, some are really spooky, one looks like he is looking right at you as you descend a tiny decrepit stone stair ledge, where if you fell, you could impale yourself on his sword. This trail breaks off into even smaller, little trails. Slowly we start finding some of the old temples that are hidden in the brush.
|View from a ledge on the way up|