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20 Must-Visit Attractions in Taipei

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Updated: 28 February 2018
Taipei 101 and night markets are the two main attractions that most tourists think of when you mention Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei. But there’s so much more to this vibrant city than the former tallest building in the world. Here’s our pick of the best in town.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Building, Memorial, Park
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C.K.S. Memorial Hall
C.K.S. Memorial Hall | © Ciaran McEneaney

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

The monument to former military and political leader Chiang Kai-shek is a beautiful building set in a quiet central city park. Most tourists come to see the changing of the guard which happens on the hour, from 9am to 5pm.

21 Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Sun - Sat:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

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Dr Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall | © Chein Hao / Flickr

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Dr. Sun Yat-sen was the former leader of the KMT party and the first president of the Republic of China, which we also know as Taiwan. The park around the memorial hall is a nice place to relax in the afternoon while the hall itself houses some of Sun Yat-sen’s personal items.

505 Renai Road Section 5, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Sun - Sat:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Elephant Mountain

Hiking Trail
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The view from Elephant Mountain at night
The view from Elephant Mountain at night | © Chris / Flickr

Elephant Mountain

This is by far and away the best place to get a bird’s eye view of the city, and Taipei 101 in particular. It’s a short and not too taxing hike to the top, and it’s the perfect location for a few snapshots of the city skyline.

Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail, Alley 342, Lane 150 Xinyi Road Section 5, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Bopiliao Old Street

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Bopiliao Old Street | © Yu-Ching Chu / Flickr

Bopiliao Old Street

This historical street has been restored to its former glory and now houses a free museum. Here you can wander through the old buildings and learn about how the citizens of old Taipei lived their daily lives.

Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Grand Hotel

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Grand Hotel, Taipei
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Grand Hotel

Taiwan’s most famous hotel has been host to many foreign dignitaries and celebrities. It’s a wonderful building with a historic feel. Even tourists who are not staying at the hotel come to enjoy afternoon tea and take photos of the impressive structure.

1 Zhongshan North Road Section 4, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Martyr’s Shrine

Just short walk from the Grand Hotel is the Martyr’s Shrine. It’s a peaceful memorial to the soldiers of the KMT who died in the Chinese Civil War. You can also watch the changing of the guard here too.

139 Beian Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan

Shilin Night Market

Market, Street Food
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Shilin Night Market, Taipei
Shilin Night Market, Taipei | Allon Lim / Flickr

Shilin Night Market

You can’t visit Taipei without taking a trip to the night market, and Shilin is about the most famous of the lot. This huge night market has everything from local street food to cheap clothing.

101 Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Sun - Mon:
3:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wed:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun:
3:00 pm - 1:00 am

National Palace Museum

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National Palace Museum main building
National Palace Museum main building | © Alexander / Flickr

National Palace Museum

Home to the world’s largest collection of Chinese Imperial artifacts, the National Palace Museum is an impressive museum with equally impressive permanent and visiting exhibitions.

221 Zhishan Road Section 2, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Mon - Thu:
8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Fri - Sat:
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sun:
8:30 am - 6:30 pm

Chiang Kai-shek Shilin Residence

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Pond outside the official residence
Pond outside the official residence | © 1992 Since / Flickr

Chiang Kai-shek Shilin Residence

The former president’s official residence is set within beautiful botanical gardens and is now open to the public after years of restoration work. The building is full of interesting items that once belonged to both Chiang Kai-shek and his wife, who was known as Madame Chiang.

60 Fulin Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tue - Sun:
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Danshui Old Street

A wonderful old street in the old fishing village of Danshui (which is now more of a town), Danshui Old Street checks all the boxes for quaintness, food, and souvenirs.

Zhongzheng Road, Danshui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

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Fort San Domingo

Originally built by the Spanish and then rebuilt by the Dutch, Fort San Domingo is relic of Taiwan’s colonial past. It was also once an unofficial embassy of the UK.

1 Lane 28, Zhongzheng Road, Danshui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

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Hobe Fort

Not too far from Fort San Domingo lies Hobe Fort. This solid military structure was never actually used in a war, but it is nevertheless an impressive building and has stood the test of time very well.

34 Lane 6 Zhongzheng Road Section 1, Danshui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Lovers’ Bridge

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Lovers’ Bridge, Taipei
Lovers’ Bridge, Taipei

Lovers’ Bridge

Also in Danshui, you’ll find Lovers’ Bridge by Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s a nice place to take some photos and enjoy a spot of lunch in one of the many local seafood restaurants.

199 Guanhai Road, Danshui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

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Longshan Temple

Buddhist Temple
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Locals pray at Longshan Temple
Locals pray at Longshan Temple | © schen1119 / Flickr

Longshan Temple

Arguably the most famous temple in Taiwan, Longshan Temple has survived innumerable earthquakes, typhoons, and a few wars. Damaged by bombs during World War II, it has been lovingly restored by the local community.

211 Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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National Taiwan Museum & 228 Memorial Park

The National Taiwan Museum is two separate buildings: the main wing is located in 228 Memorial Park, while the second building is across the street in a former bank. Both buildings are filled with interesting exhibits on the natural history of Taiwan and its aboriginal tribes. When you’re finished here, you can take a walk through the park.

2 Xiangyang Road Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan

The Presidential Palace

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Presidential Palace
Presidential Palace | © Uwe Aranas / WikiCommons

The Presidential Palace

The Presidential Palace was built during the Japanese Colonial period and is quite the impressive feat of architecture. It houses the day-to-day working office of the president, but some sections are open to the public.

122 Chongqing South Road Section 1, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Huashan 1914 Creative Park

Bookstore, Park, Winery
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Huashan 1914 Creative Park

Set in a former winery, this creative park is now home to a variety of shops, cafés, restaurants, and exhibition halls. Here you’ll also find a lot of local craft and artworks for sale.

1 Bade Road Section 1, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Sun - Thu:
9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Miramar Ferris Wheel

The Miramar Ferris Wheel offers a wonderful view of the city. It’s located within a department store where you can also do a spot of shopping or dine in one of the many restaurants.

20 Jingye 3rd Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan

Yangmingshan National Park

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Yangmingshan National Park, Taipei
Yangmingshan National Park, Taipei

Yangmingshan National Park

One of Taiwan’s most incredible parks, Yangmingshan is a wonderful day trip just outside the city. The park has plenty of hiking trails and there are even some fumaroles where you can see steam rising from vents in the ground.

Yangmingshan Visitor Center, 1-20 Zhuzihu Road, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Taipei 101

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The view from the top
The view from the top | © Kabacchi / Flickr

Taipei 101

We couldn’t name the top attractions and leave out Taipei 101. Still the tallest building in Taiwan, a trip to the top is well worthwhile.

7 Xinyi Road Section 5, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan

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