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Let’s explore Taipei---the host city of WSD2017!

20 April, 2017

Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, is not only the commercial and cultural centre, but also a vibrant entertainment hub. Taipei is home to one of the world’s largest skyscrapers Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum(故宮博物院) and some of the island’s best restaurants, bars and night markets. Taipei also offers a wide selection of worthy day trips such as the cable car ride to the tea houses of Maokong(貓空), the hot springs at Beitou(北投) and the volcanic peaks of Yangmingshan National Park(陽明山國家公園). When you stay during WSD2017, must explore Taipei.

More information of Travel Taipei : https://www.travel.taipei/zh-tw


(Map provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


Taipei Highlights

Please find following information of the visiting attractions we recommend.


Tamsui District(淡水區)

  • Tamsui Old Street(淡水老街)

Nearest MRT Station : Tamsui (淡水) Station (R28)

Located along the riverfront in Tamsui, Tamsui Old Street is a boardwalk-like area full of shops, carnival games, restaurants and cafes. The waterfront area is a great place to watch the sunset over the Tamsui River.

         photo_Tamsui old street

         (Photo provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


  • Fort Santo Domingo(紅毛城)

Nearest MRT Station: Tamsui(淡水) Station(R28)

Located in Tamsui at the northwest edge of tamsui Old Street, Fort Santo Domingo was built by the Spanish during their occupation of the North Coast of Taiwan.

photo_fort santo domingo

(Photo provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


  • Cloud Gate Theater(雲門劇場)

Nearest MRT Station: Tamsui(淡水) Station(R28)

Cloud Gate Theater, located in Tamsui, New Taipei City, is home of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Cloud Gate 2, and Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation. Cloud Gate Theater stands on a hill, adjacent to the Hobe Fort built in 1886 and Taiwan’s first golf course from 1919. With four performing spaces—a 450-seat main theater, two studio theaters, and a 1500-person capacity outdoor theater— along with a café and a restaurant, it not only presents performances by the two home-based companies and visiting troupes, but also functions as a production theater and a cultural hub of the Tamsui district.

Website : http://site.cloudgate.org.tw/eng/

cloud gate theater

(Photo provided by Cloud Gate Dance foundation)


Beitou District(北投區)

  • Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch(北投圖書館)

Nearest MRT Station: Xinbeitou(新北投) Station(R22A)

This library was the first building in Taiwan to receive the certification of ‘’Green Building’’. The structure makes generous use of French windows and natural light, and blends in with the surrounding environment. Built mainly of wood and steel, it resembles a large treehouse just waiting to welcome visitors.

Beitou Library is ‘’green’’ from inside to outside. Part of the roof is covered in solar panels, which can store up to 16KW of power. The wooden balcony railing is also eco-friendly; its vertical design conserves energy by reducing the amount of heat-causing rays allowed to kenter the rooms. Rainwater collected by the sloping roof’s drainage system is used to water the library’s [lants and flush the toilets. Eco-friendly paint was also used, to reduce the amount of toxins released into the environment.

photo_beitou library

(Photo provided by Taipei City Government)


  • Beitou Hot Spring Museum(北投溫泉博物館)

Nearest MRT Station: Xinbeitou(新北投) Station(R22A)

Daikichi Imura, the magistrate of Taipei Prefecture under Japanese Colonial Government, built the Beitou Public Bathhouse in June 1913, which was the largest bathhouse in East Asia at that time. The design of the bathhouse was based on the Mount Izu Hot Spring Bathhouse in Japan. After World War II, the Beitou Public Bathhouse was abandoned due to constantly changing institutions in charge.

In 1994, a group of teachers and students from Beitou Elementary School discovered the deserted bathhouse on a field trip of local culture course, and petitioned for the conservation of it. The Beitou Public Bathhouse was finally declared Municipal Monument on February 20, 1997. After certain restorations, the Beitou Hot Spring Museum was open to Public on October 31, 1998.

As the very first building to be salvaged by the community and converted into a museum, the Hot Spring Museum has become a symbol of Beitou culture, also serving as the core of hot spring culture in Beitou. It is often viewed as the cluster of the rich Beitou local and resources.

Website : https://goo.gl/YG1CUA

photo_beiout hot spring mueseum

(Photo provided by Taipei City Government)


  • Yangmingshan National Park(陽明山國家公園)

Nearest MRT Station: Beitou(北投) Station (R22A) or Shipai(石牌)Station (R19).

Located in northern Taipei City and is easily accessible from downtown. Spanning 114 square kilometers the area is home to numerous parks, hiking trails, interesting plants and wildlife, and the internationally famous hot springs.

Favorite attractions: Qingtaingang Grassland Trails(擎天崗), Yangming Park(陽明花園), Flower Clock(花鐘), Xiaoyoukeng(小油坑), Zhuzihu(竹子湖), Lengshuikeng(冷水坑), Menghuan Pond(夢幻湖), Liuhuanggu Sulfur Lake(硫磺谷).

Website : https://goo.gl/lxS0x

photo_bamboo lake

(Photo provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


Shilin District(士林區)

  • National Palace Museum(故宮博物院)

Nearest MRT Station: Shilin(士林) Station(R16)

As an extremely popular tour site the National Palace Museum collects and displays more than 700,000 items of ancient cultural artifacts from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, including paintings, jade, sculptures, books, antiques, and ceramics. The Building resembles that of a Chinese emperor's palace with flying roofs, and royal gardens surrounding it. The Garden is free of admission.

Website : https://www.npm.gov.tw/en/

photo_Palace museum

(Photo provided by National Palace Museum)


  • Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines(順益台灣原住民博物館)

Nearest MRT Station: Shilin(士林) Station(R16)

Originally opened in 1994, the museum is privately operated as an ethnology museum providing visitors with an understanding of Aboriginal culture. The main displays introduce the natural environment of Taiwan as well as indigenous culture, including artefacts, clothing and personal decoration, tools and utensils, as well as ritual objects and religious life.

Website : http://www.museum.org.tw/symm_en/index.htm

photo_Shung Ye

(Photo provided by Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines)


Zhongshan District(中山區)

  • Taipei Fine Art Museum(臺北市立美術館)

Nearest MRT Station: Yuanshan(圓山) Station(R14)

The conception and construction of TFAM’s physical structure is uniquely creative and symbolic. The architecture is infused with elements borrowed from traditional Chinese architecture, which are presented via the structure of piled brackets in the form of suspended corridors, that, together, form a tubular-shaped composition. This tube-shape is identical to the Chinese character for ‘fountain’, hence fostering the museum’s analogue as a live source of culture.

Website : http://www.tfam.museum/index.aspx?ddlLang=en-us

photo_Fine Art

(Photo provided by Taipei Fine Arts Museum)


  • Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei(臺北當代藝術館)

Nearest MRT Station: Zhongshan (中山) Station(R14)

The Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (MOCA) is the first art institution in Taiwan dedicated exclusively to contemporary art, and housed in a historical building. The building was originally an elementary school, established in 1921, and later became the Taipei Government City Hall in 1945. Transformed into a museum in 2001, MOCA has introduced the most innovative and avant-garde visual aesthetics, media technologies, architectural design, and fashion from Taiwan and overseas.

Website : http://www.mocataipei.org.tw/index.php


(Photo provided by Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei)


Zhongzheng District(中正區)

  • Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall(中正紀念堂)&National Performing Arts Center(國家表演藝術中心國家兩廳院)

Nearest MRT Station: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall(中正紀念堂) Station(G10 & R08)

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is located in the heart of Taipei City. The area surrounded by a park, is 250,000 square meters and it is the attraction most visited by foreigners. National Theatre and National Concert Hall have become landmarks of Taipei City. These two performing arts venues were completed in 1987 as the first modern arts facilities of Taiwan. The buildings are traditional Chinese palace style with distinctive yellow tiled roofs and red pillars adding to their stately elegance. Both National Theatre and Concert Hall host various local and world-class international performances each year.

Website : http://www.cksmh.gov.tw/eng/index.php


(Photo provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


  • Taipei Botanical Garden(臺北植物園)

Nearest MRT Station: Xiaonanmen (小南門) Station(G11)

Built by the Japanese as "Taipei Nursery" in 1896, the park was expanded in 1921 to become a botanical garden home to over 2,000 species of plant species. Occupying 82,000 SQ METRES of land in Downtown Taipei, the garden today serves as a research centre for the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute as well as a public park for the public to enjoy. The National Museum of History (國立歷史博物館) and National Taiwan Arts Education Center (國立台灣藝術教育館) are located next to the garden.

Website : http://tpbg.tfri.gov.tw/en/Introduction.php


(Photo provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


  • Huashan 1914 Creative Park(華山1914文化創意產業園區)

Nearest MRT Station: Zhongxiao Xinsheng(忠孝新生) Station(BL14 & O07)

In 1997 members of the Golden Bough Theatre made a startling discovery. There, deep in the heart of Taipei and cordoned off from all vistors, stood an abandoned factory. The group described the factory as a city, a place where nature was lest to age with concrete for nearly a decade and they were intrigued. In 2007 the Taiwan Cultural-Creative Development Co. Ltd assumed responsibility for the renovation and operation of the Park and renamed it Huashan 1914. An organically creative environment has been growing ever since. Huashan 1914 now serves as Taipei’s primary creative arts center and a hosting ground for Taiwan’s most significant cultural activities. Examples include the Simple Life music festival and the BiBo student expo. Today Huashan 1914 is not only the heart of Taiwan’s creative pulse, but also a bridge to a unique architectural past.

Website : http://www.huashan1914.com/en/


(Photo provided by Huashan 1914 Creative Park)


  • Guang Hua Digital Plaza(光華數位新天地)

Nearest MRT Station: Zhongxiao Xinsheng(忠孝新生) Station(BL14 & O07)

The largest electronics marketplace in Taiwan, Guanghua is arguably the centre of the booming Taiwanese technology and IT industries. In addition to the main, 6-story building housing everything from PC components to karaoke systems, the lanes and alleys directly south of the complex along bade Rd are hone to countless shops selling literally anything and everything tech.

photo_Guang Hua

(Photo provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


Datong District(大同區)

  • Dalongdong Bao’an Temple(大龍峒保安宮)

Nearest MRT Station: Yuanshan(圓山) Station(R14)

Originally constructed in 1742 as a wooden shrine, the Bao’an Temple is a Taiwanese folk religion temple. Throughout Taiwan’s history, the temple was renovated and reconstructed numerous times, leading to a 2003 induction into UNESCO for cultural heritage conservation.

Website : http://www.baoan.org.tw/english/

photo_Baoan temple

(Photo provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


  • The Dihua Heritage District(迪化街)

Nearest MRT Station: Beimen (北門) Station(G13)

The city turn-of-the-20th-century commercial boom transformed Dihua Street into a hotbed of business and cultural sophistication. Running 800 meters, the northern half features Southern Min-inspired architecture, while the southern half features baroque & contemporary colonial architectural styles. Today, the street still bustles, with stores selling bulk wares, dry goods, tea, Chinese herbs, fabric, and much more as well as a growing numbers of culture-creatives retailers & artists.

Favorite attractions : Yongle Textile Market(永樂市場), Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple(霞海城隍廟), Dadaocheng Wharf(大稻埕碼頭)


(Photo provided by Taipei City Government) 


Wanhua District(萬華區)

  • Longshan Temple(龍山寺)

Nearest MRT Station: Longshan Temple (龍山寺)Station(BL10)

Located in the district Manka Taipie City, is founded in 1738 and dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy(Kuan-in).

Website : http://www.lungshan.org.tw/en/index.php

photo_longshan temple

(Photo provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


  • Ximending(西門町)

Nearest MRT Station: Ximen(西門)Station(BL11 & G12)

The Harajuku of Taipei City, this pedestrian shopping haven is one of the city’s culture centres, hosting a massive variety of fashion clothing shops, electric restaurants, clubs and bars.


(Photo provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


Xinyi District(信義區)

  • Songshan Cultural & Creative Park(松山文創園區)

Nearest MRT Station: Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall(國父紀念館) Station (BL17) and Taipei City Hall (市政府) Station(BL18)

Reconstructed from an old Tobacco Factory, Songshan Cultural & Creative Park was designated as District historic site by the city government in 2001. The park was renovated in 2011 to provide a place for diversified cultural and creative exhibitions. It has become the forerunning site for development of cultural and creative industries in Taipei City. It housed the Design Expo in 2011, and is seen as a vital base for the World Design Capital 2016.

Website : http://www.songshanculturalpark.org/en/index.aspx


(Photo provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


  • Taipei 101 (臺北101)

Nearest MRT Station: Taipei 101 / World Trade Center Station(R03)

TAIPEI 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper. The building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. In July 2011, Taipei 101 was awarded LEED Platinum certification, and became the tallest and largest green building in the world. Taipei 101 Firework attracts international spotlight at the countdown of the New Year.

Website : http://www.taipei-101.com.tw/en/index.aspx


(Photo provided by Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs R.O.C)


Da’an District(大安區)

  • Eslite Bookstore(誠品書店)

Nearest MRT Station: Zhongxiao Dunhua (忠孝敦化) Station(BL16)

Eslite Bookstore inspires its counterparts with innovative cultural services. Its space is graceful and comfy, with a large selection of foreign art books. Eslite also hosts an art gallery and holds cultural events. Consumers are presented with a wide range of options as they enjoy this unique experience. The first local bookstore, Eslite Dunnan(敦南) Branch opens 24hours a day, 365 days a year, is a must-go for all travelers.

Website : http://www.eslitecorp.com/index.aspx?a=tw&l=en


(Photo provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


  • Gongguan Commercial District(公館)

Nearest MRT Station: Gongguan Station (G07)

Taipei’s bustling Gongguan Commercial District is close to the campuses of National Taiwan University (NTU) and National Taiwan Normal University. The area offers fun, arts, music, and food all-in-one, the vibrant atmosphere of this part of the city attracting many young people and foreign visitors. Here, the coming together of an old Taipei settlement and modern art can be witnessed, and live performances of jazz, rock, punk, house, and other music styles can be enjoyed at various venues.


(Photo provided easytravel.com.tw)


  • Treature Hill(寶藏巖)

Nearest MRT Station: Gongguan Station (G07)

Treasure Hill is a historical settlement of late Japanese Governance in Taiwan. It sits at the foot of Siaoguanyin Mountain alongside Hsintien River. Along the long journey of shaping up consensus among discussions of urban policy, academic planning and civilian discourse, Treasure Hill conservation movement continues its own trials of finding ways to preserve the original settlement.

Website : http://www.artistvillage.org/

photo_treasure hill

(Photo provided by Department of Information and Tourism, Taipei City Government)


Wenshan District(文山區)

  • Taipei Zoo(臺北動物園)

Nearest MRT Station: Taipei Zoo Station(BR01)

The largest zoo in Asia and home to Yuan Zai the panda, for animal lovers this is a must visit, easily accessible by public transit at the end of the MRT Brown Line.

Website : http://english.zoo.gov.taipei/


(Photo provided by Taipei Zoo)


  • Maokong (貓空)& Maokong Gondola(貓空纜車)

Nearest MRT Station: Taipei Zoo Station(BR01)

Widely known as the most scenic spot in Taipei to drink quality, locally grown tea, Maokong is a quaint village located at the top of a mountain providing breathtaking views of Taipei City.

Website : http://english.gondola.taipei/


(Photo provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


  • Bitan(碧潭)

Nearest MRT Station: Xindian (新店) Station (G01)

Named Green Lake in Chinese, this park is a great getaway from the city. Only 40 minutes away from Taipei Main Station at the southern terminus of the MRT green line, Xindian Station (新店), this riverfront park is home to a wide variety of restaurants and is a great place to relax.


(Photo provided by Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications R.O.C)


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