Huiji Temple in the Winter Gloom

Huiji Temple on Zhishan
Huiji Temple on top of Zhishan, a modest hilltop in Shilin District, Taipei.

I was looking at apartments in Shìlín District 士林區 yesterday, a part of Taipei 台北 that I have not previously explored all that much (apart from the famous but—in my opinion—vastly overrated night market of the same name). While I was there I took the opportunity to wander around and get a feel for the rhythm of the streets away from the MRT line. Strangely enough, the whole place has the upscale and yuppified feel of Kitsilano in Vancouver.

One thing that caught my eye was a small hilltop along the riverside with some kind of structure perched on top. This park turns out to be named Zhīshān Cultural and Ecological Garden 芝山岩文化綠園, home to Huìjì Temple 惠濟宮 (pictured above) and the rather interesting Zhīshān Stone Gate 芝山岩隘門, which dates back to the early 1800s when competing immigrant groups from China engaged in armed conflict.