Top 10 Places to Visit in Taipei

Are you planning a trip to Taiwan? If you are going to take a trip to Taipei and do not know what places to visit in Taipei. Do not worry, below are the top 10 places of interest worth visiting. Be sure not to miss any of the following attractions:

1. Yangmingshan National Park

Bamboo Lake

Every year in March and April is the flora season of calla lilies in the Bamboo Lake.

When visiting Taipei, how can you miss Yangmingshan National Park! Every March and April, the oriental cherry just wither while the calla lilies in the Bamboo Lake start to bloom, tourists can pick calla lilies and enjoy local people’s wild vegetables food. You may lie on grasslands and imagine different shapes of clouds. When the sun sets, you can walk round to the back mountain of Chinese Culture University and watch the beautiful night view of Taipei city.

Address: No. 1-20, Zhuzihu Road, Beitou District, Yangmingshan, Taipei City 11292, Taiwan
Entrance Fee: Free
Open Hours: AM8:30~PM5:00 from Monday to Friday (closed on the last Monday of each month)
Tel: (886-02)2861-3601

2. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Original written “大中正至”, and now it has been changed to “自由广场” , meaning “Freedom Square” in English.

The second must-visit spot is the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall! It is one of the world-famous landmarks. The building is decorated mainly with blue and white colours. It seems to be extraordinarily quiet in the bustling Taipei city. Come here, you not only can watch flocks of pigeons at “Freedom Square”, but also take pictures with them. If you like to enjoy the performing arts, you can find Chinese palace-style National Theatre and Concert Hall on the two sides of the square, which stage many international arts performances. The daily honour guard handover ceremonies at 9:00 and 17:00 are worth seeing.

Address: No. 21, Zhongshan S Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Entrance Fee: Free
Open Hours: 9:00-18:00
Tel: (886-02)2343-1100
Transport: Taipei City Buses 15, 18, 20, 22, 37, 204, 208, 214, 236, 248, 249, 251, 252, 261, 263, 270, 293, 297, 621, 623, 630, 651, XinYi Express all pass the Memorial Hall.

3. National Palace Museum

The National Palace Museum

The collections in the National Palace Museum are all world-class treasures.

No matter what, National Palace Museum should be in your top 10 attractions list. It is located in Shuangxi District and treasures up the most prestigious collections of ancient Chinese art and the museum receives more than 5 million visitors each year. It is also the largest museum in Taiwan and the world’s seventh most popular art museum. It is the first choice for those who love ancient relics. After the visit to the Palace Museum, visitors can walk to adjacent Zhishan Garden to enjoy Chinese gardening arts just like enjoy a long unfolding landscape painting.

Address: No. 221, Section 2, Zhishan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Entrance Fee: NTD $250
Open Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (Sunday ~ Friday) 09:00 – 20:30 (Saturday)
Tel: +886 2 2881 2021
Transport: MRT Shilin Station – Bus 304, 255 or Red 30 – National Palace Museum

4. Ximen Red House Theatre

Red House Theater was originally used as a market.

Red House Theater was originally used as a market.

Ximen Red House is a must see tourist attraction in Taipei. It is a red brick building located next to the bustling Ximending area. It was first built in 1908 and designed by Japanese architect Kondo Juro, the building was first used as a market and later a theatre since 1945. Now the nearby streets has become a creative market. Tourists can enjoy various street performances, eat in themed restaurants and do shopping in innovative retail shops. You can also just sit quietly inside a tea house and watch the crowd coming and going.

Address: No. 10, Chengdu Rd, Wanhua District, Taipei city
Entrance Fee: Free
Open Hours: 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Tel: +886 2 2311 9380
Transport: http://www.travelking.com.tw/eng/tourguide/taipei/red-house-ximending.html

5. Mengjia Longshan Temple

Longshan Temple has been a very prosperous place for Buddhism.

Longshan Temple has been a very prosperous place for Buddhism.

Mengjia Longshan Temple, located in the Wanhua District, is formerly known as Bangka, the birthplace of Taipei City. The temple was built in 1738 and was the religious centre and gathering place for local residents. Various folk festivals are held regularly every year and visitors can enjoy the beauty of the temple, participate in a variety of activities or even just burn incense to pray in front of the Buddha.

Address: No. 211, Guangzhou St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10853
Entrance Fee: Free
Open Hours: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Tel: +886 2 2302 5162
Transport: MRT Longshan Temple Station (two stops west of Taipei Main Station), Exit 1

6. Maokong Gondola

Maokong Gondola

Sitting in Maokong Gondola you will see the whole mountain in front of your eyes.

Do you like leisure style travel? So, come to take the Maokong Gondola! It is located next to MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) Zoo Station. With the total length of 4.03 km, it is Taipei’s first sightseeing cable car and also the longest cable car in Taiwan. After riding the cable car to Maokong, you can visit the Three Stone Teapot Museum to enjoy tea ceremony demonstration, have a cup of tea and enjoy the spectacular views!

Address: Near MRT Taipei Zoo Station
Entrance Fee: TWD$30 (1 stop), TWD$40 (2 stops) and TWD$50 (3 stops).
Open Hours: 09:00 ~ 21:00 Monday Closed
Tel: 886-2-86617627
Transport: Take the Wenshan-Neihu Line of Taipei Metro to the Taipei Zoo Station

7. Beitou Hot Springs

Beitou Hot Springs valley

Appropriate bathing in hot springs can not only make you relaxed but also improve your health.

Like hot springs? Come to Beitou! The hot spring water here can be divided into green sulfur springs, white sulfur springs and iron sulfur springs. From general to luxury hot springs, you can find any kind you want. Here the Beitou Hot Springs Museum displays the historical development of the hot springs, if you would like to learn more about it you can go to the museum. The admission to the museum is free.

Address: No. 2 Zhongshan Road, Beitou District, Taipei
Entrance Fee: The public spa costs from 360 to 460 NTD, a private hot spring from 880 to 980 NTD
Open Hours: 5:30 – 22:00
Tel:886-2-2897-2260
Transport: Take Tamsui Line or Nanshijiao Line, get off at Beitou Station and take Xinbeitou Line to get off at Xinbeitou Station.

8. Daan Forest Park

Daan Forest Park

Tree Sparrow in the park, there are many different kinds of birds here.

Daan Forest Park is located in Taipei Daan District. Covering an area of 26 hectares, it is called the “lungs of Taipei”. This grand metropolis park is divided into children’s play area, bamboo forest area, banyan tree area, flowers area, aquatic plants area and other areas. There is an open music stage set up here, making it an important performing arts centre in Taiwan. Walk in the park, you can enjoy the scenery of different seasons, explore different plants or ride bicycle. Daan Forest Park is a fantastic attraction for both adults and children.

Address: No.1, Sec. 2, Xinsheng S. Rd., Da’an District, Taipei
Entrance Fee: Free
Open Hours: 24 hours
Tel: +886 2 2700 3830
Transport: Take MRT Muzha Line and get of at Daan Station exit 3, walk 15 minutes.

9. Taipei 101 Building

When looking down, you can see the different style Taipei.

When looking down, you can see the different style Taipei.

In addition to Yangmingshan, another place to overlook the Taipei city is the 101 Building. The building has 101 stories above the ground. It was the world’s tallest green building in the world when opening. If you want to have a bird view of Taipei city, you can get to the 89 floor inner observation deck or the 91 floor viewing platform. The Taipei 101 Building is usually considered the top thing to do in Taipei by many tourists.

Address: No. 45, Shifu Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City
Entrance Fee: NTD$500
Open Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am-10:00 pm
Tel: +886-2-8101-7777
Transport: Taipei MRT to Taipei 101 / World Trade Center Station

10. Shilin Night Market

The Shilin Night Market is full of different snacks.

The Shilin Night Market is full of different snacks.

Shilin Night Market features Taiwan snacks and a variety of vendors. The transportation of Shihlin Night Market is very convenient, just near the Shihlin MRT Jiantan Station. You can find many kinds of snacks such as oyster vermicelli, tempura, oyster omelet, pearl milk tea, Guangdong porridge, chicken cutlet, and walking catfish. Besides there are also many clothing and accessories stores here. In Shilin Night Market you will always find a lot of fun things to do.

Address: Shilin District of Taipei
Entrance Fee: Free
Open Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00am to -02:00am
Tel: +886 2 2881 5557
Transport: Take Taipei MRT-Danshui Line to MRT Jiantan Station.

Arouse your interest? I think you already have an idea of what to see in Taipei. Make them included in your visiting list now and visit all highlights of Taipei one time.

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