13 Best Things To Do in Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei travel guide will unveil a good mix of Chinese traditional culture and modern society in a contemporary metropolis that was blended seamlessly. Looking up to the sky, you will  find the remarkable building of Taipei 101 that standing firmly in the center of financial district, travelers can enjoy the view from its observatory deck or hike up to the famous Elephant Mountain (Xiangshan) for the epic cityscape. All worth the hype, don’t forget to treat your tummy with the flavorful street food. The experience you’ll never forget


Taipei Travel Guide & Things To Do

1. Taipei 101

Taipei World Financial Centre’ or Taipei 101 (台北101) located in the heart of Taipei, Xinyi Road, Taiwan. The tallest building in Taipei was built in a sustainable way that adopted innovative technology, smart energy management and other well control system

The unmissable destination on your Taipei travel guide list.  Taipei 101 Observation Deck offers a panoramic cityscape view of Taipei on 89F and The Skyline 460 on 101RF will made you feel like walking in the clouds.

The outdoor area with unobstructed 360o view on the highest point in Taipei that will simply blow your mind

Taipei 101 Mall is a high glass dome occupied B1 to 6F offers a flavorful street food to Michelin Star cuisine, the metropolitan plaza that located in Taipei finest area will surely have everything you could possibly ask for

Tips: Take MRT Tamsui-Xinyi (Red) Line to Taipei101 / World Trade Center Station – Exit4

 

Taipei Travel Guide - Taipei 101 Taiwan

Taipei Travel Guide

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2. Liberty Square

A public plaza or Liberty Square or Freedom Square (自由廣場) located in Zhongzheng district, Taipei. The place also served as a public gathering and major landmark of Taiwan

The memorial and cultural center on the Eastside is a National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (hundreds of cultural exhibitions and performances were held every year), National Concert Hall on the North and National Theater on the South were the place for people to enjoy world-class musical and theater performances

Tips: Take MRT Tamsui-Xinyi (Red) Line or Songshan-Xindian (Green) Line to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station – Exit5

Taipei Travel Guide - Liberty Square Taiwan
Taipei Travel Guide - Liberty Square Taiwan
Taipei Travel Guide - Liberty Square Taiwan
Taipei Travel Guide - Liberty Square Taiwan


3. Lungshan Temple

One of the oldest Buddhist temple, Lungshan Temple (艋舺龍山寺) was built in 1718 in Qing Dynasty devoted to Guan-Im, the Goddess of Mercy

Being one of the most famous temple in Taipei with the dedicated architecture design from traditional Chinese style. Even if the temple had been restored for many times but there are still have a trace of wood sculptures, Chinese poems, symbols and signs, a glimpse of literature

Lungshan has been well respected for both locals and travelers. Rich in culture and history, a center of Buddhist religious in Taipei. Being one of the most important local cultural heritage site, this will definitely worth your visit

Tips: Take MRT Bannan (Blue) Line to Lungshan Temple Station – Exit1

Taipei Travel Guide - Lungshan Temple


4. Hsing Tian Temple

The temple was built in 1967 by Master Hsuan Kung. Hsing Tian Temple (行天宮) devoted to Guan-Yu, the God of Loyalty and Justice, located in Zhongshan district, downtown Taipei

One of the most sacred temple in Taipei, people travel from miles away to pay homepage and worship to Guan-Yu and wish for their best wishes to come true (The temple always busy, listed Hsing Tian temple on top of your Taipei travel guide list, polite dress code is expected)

Tips: Take MRT Wenhu (Yellow) Line to XiantianTemple Station – Exit3

Hsing Tian Temple Taipei Taiwan
Hsing Tian Temple Taipei Taiwan


5. Taipei Confucius Temple

The temple was built in 1879 in Qing Dynasty, the architecture is similar to the original Confucius Temple in Qufu, Shandong, China. Taipei Confucius Temple (臺北孔子廟) devoted to Confucius, paragon of Chinese sages, one of the greatest philosophers and teachers of all time

The legend told, Qin dynasty wanted to keep his people illiterate so that they would not challenge his rule; he had books burned and scholars killed, but the student hid their books on the rooftop built it as a chimneys

As the highlight in a stone plate inscribed with gold lettering said ‘Educate without Discrimination’ by Chiang Kai-Shek located in the main hall

Tips:  Take MRT Tamsui-Xinyi (Red) Line to Yuanshan Station – Exit2

Taipei Travel Guide - Confucius Temple Taiwan


6. Dalongdong Baoan Temple

The UNESCO Asia-Pacific heritage, Dalongdong Baoan Temple (大龍峒保安宮) was built in 1825. The temple has an exquisite design and named after the Emperor Baosheng (Wu), the main resident God

Bao’an Temple was constructed with wood, stone, and artisan material from mainland China that took almost a full quarter of century to complete. With the delicate design that full of traditional decorative arts made this place even more unmissable destination when visited Taipei

Tips: Take MRT Tamsui-Xinyi (Red) Line to Yuanshan Station – Exit2

Taipei Travel Guide - Dalongdong Baoan Temple Taiwan
Taipei Travel Guide - Dalongdong Baoan Temple Taiwan


7. National Taiwan Museum

The oldest museum in Taiwan that was built in 1915. National Taiwan Museum (國立臺灣博物館) located in 228 Peace Memorial Park, Zhongzheng district

Tips: Take MRT Tamsui-Xinyi (Red) Line to NTU Hospital – Exit4 or Take MRT Bannan (Blue) Line to Taipei Railway Station – Exit5

The Exhibition Features

  • Exploring Taiwan (Taiwan from pre-history to indigenous culture)
  • Discovery Taiwan (Age of natural history and Naturalist of Taiwan)
  • Taiwan Our Home (Children’s exhibition)
  • Outdoor Exhibition (Relics of the giant stone culture, collaborated with Capital Cultural Park planning project)
National Taiwan Museum Taipei Taiwan


8. National Sun Yat-Sen Memorial

Dr.Sun Yat-Sen is a father of a nation, the first president of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The hall features a large auditorium, art galleries, other exhibitions and history rooms. The highlight would be the changing of guards in the central hall on every hour from 9AM – 5PM

Sun Yat-Sen Memorial (國立國父紀念館) located in the heart of Taipei city, Xingyi district, closed to Taipei 101 building that was built in 1972, inspired by the Chinese Palace

Tips: Take MRT Bannan (Blue) Line to Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station – Exit4

Taipei Travel Guide - National Sun Yat-Sen Memorial


9. National Palace Museum

The museum hosted the world’s largest collections from paintings, documents, calligraphy, jades, ceramics, rare books, curio, and bronze. Taiwan National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院) is located in Shilin district that was built in 1965

The priceless Chinese arts treasures with more than 650,000 pieces were well-organized and definitely worth a couple hours of your time to learn more about the richness in culture of Taipei

Tips: Take MRT Tamsui-Xinyi (Red) Line to Sailing Station – Exit1, then take a Bus No.R30 to National Palace Museum Station

National Palace Museum Taipei Taiwan


10. 228 Peace Memorial Park

A municipal park of 228 Peace Memorial Park or Taipei Park (二二八和平紀念公園) is located in Zhongzheng district, Taipei

The oldest park in Taipei also served as the historical site that was built in 1900 in Qing Dynasty, to memorial the victims in police event on 28 February 1947. The 228 memorial monument located in the center of the park

The park has been one of the tourist attraction in Taipei, the exercise site and the bandshell area for locals

Tips: Take MRT Tamsui-Xinyi (Red) Line to NTU Hospital Station – Exit1

Taipei Travel Guide - 228 Peace Memorial Park


11. Hemei Mountain Trail

The beautiful senset trail located near Xindian, New Taipei City in Bitan area. A loop trail of 3.2km perfect for family easy day out, the loop will take you around one hour to finish

Paddling swan through the river is one of the options for a relax afternoon in Bitan. We were there until the sundown, you can expect to see some locals walking through the bridge and doing exercise along the river

Tips: Take MRT Songshan-Xindian (Green) Line to Xiaobitan Station – Exit1

Taipei Travel Guide Taiwan


12. Huashan 1914 Creative Park

The winery that had been converted to the creative park since 2008 to hold cultural events, exhibitions, and other big performances

Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914文化創意產業園區) features creative crafted shops, restaurants and cafes to showcase Taipei talents. A perfect place to showcase Taipei creative talents

Tips: Take MRT Bannan (Blue) Line or Wenhu (Yellow) Line to Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station – Exit1

Huashan 1914 creative park in Taipei Taiwan
Huashan 1914 creative park in Taipei Taiwan
Huashan 1914 creative park in Taipei Taiwan


13. Jiufen

The previous gold mining that attracted thousands of prosperous families into the city turned into the country of snacks that filled with Taipei tasty street food. Add Jiufen to your Taipei travel guide, otherwise your tummy will scream. From travler’s favorite Lantern Tea House or hike up the Teapot Mountain

Explore through the small alleys of Jiufen or Chiufen (九份) that is located in New Taipei City, on the seaside mountain area in Ruifang district, the Northeast t of Taiwan.

Tips: Take MRT Bannan (Blue) Line or Wenhu (Yellow) Line to Zhongxiao Fuxing Station – Exit1, then take a Bus No. 1062 or 788 (Keelung Bus to Jinguashi)

*The bus will take around one hour to arrive at Jiufen Old Street

Taipei Travel Guide Taiwan - Jiufen
What to eat in Jiufen
Taipei Travel Guide Taiwan - Jiufen


What To Eat In Taipei

There is a wide range of food available in Taipei, we tried a bunch of Shabu, Milk tea, Beer, Street Food and don’t forget to try Xiao Long Bao!

We even went to KFC and ordered some Mala Fried Chicken – Mala spice was something you should try at least once

I listed some of my favorite below:

Shabu: Mala Yuanyang Hotpot, Mo-Mo Paradise

Taiwanese Food: Din Tai Fung 101

Street Food: Jiufen Old Street, Raohe and Shilin Night Market

Japanese Food: Taipei Fish Market

Bubble Milk Tea: Chun Shui Tang, Xin Fu Tang, Fire Tiger

What to eat in Taipei Taiwan


How To Visit Taipei

We took a direct flight from Bangkok to Taipei (TPE) that will take around 4hrs

Catch a flight by plane is the easiest way, there are 2 International Airports available

• Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), Taipei city

• Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH), Kaohsiung city

From Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei City, you can take MRT (available for both express and commuter train), bus, airport shuttle or taxi

Taipei Travel Guide Taiwan

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