20 Must-Visit Attractions in Taiwan

Sun Moon Lake | © tingyaoh / Pixabay
Sun Moon Lake | © tingyaoh / Pixabay
Photo of Ciaran McEneaney
3 July 2019

Visitors to Taiwan are spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do and places of incredible natural beauty to visit on the island – with so many attractions, it’s hard to figure out what to see. Let us do the hard work for you, with our list of the top twenty must-visit attractions in Taiwan.

Taipei 101

Building
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Taipei 101
Taipei 101 | © Jose Vilchez / Alamy Stock Photo
The one-time tallest building in the world may no longer be a record holder, but it is still one of Taiwan’s most impressive buildings and well worth a visit. The 728-ton mass damper that allows the building to survive the island’s many earthquakes is an amazing piece of engineering and can be seen from various points within the building.

Sun Moon Lake

Natural Feature, Park
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The calm waters of Sun Moon Lake | © tingyaoh / Pixabay
Sun Moon Lake is the largest body of water in Taiwan and a great destination for a short trip. There are scores of hotels located around the lake which is busy with yachts taking tourists from one side to the other. There is also a cable car here that takes you to the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village.

Dragon and Tiger Pagodas

Buddhist Temple
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Dragon and Tiger Pagodas | © Rybloo / Wikimedia
Located on the edge of Lotus Lake, a scenic area in the heart of Kaohsiung, these two pagodas are possibly the most popular attractions in the port city. Visitors enter the temples through the dragon’s and tiger’s mouths and can enjoy a view of the lake from the top of each tower.

Maolin National Scenic Area

Architectural Landmark, Dog Park
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Maolin visitor center | © Mark19831220 / Wikimedia
South of Kaohsiung lies the region known as Maolin National Scenic Area. This is where you’ll find Purple Butterfly Valley, the wintering home for a million Euploeini butterflies. An incredible sight to behold if you’re lucky enough to arrive at the right time of the year.

Shilin Night Market

Market, Bubble Tea Shop, Street Food
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Crowds flock to the famous Shilin Night Market
© Ronnie Chua / Alamy Stock Photo
There are plenty of night markets located throughout the country, but one of the most famous and easily accessed is Shilin Night Market. There’s an incredible selection of the best street food on offer, while the shops and stands are packed with bargains.

Yangmingshan geysers

Park
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Xiaoyoukeng | © peellden / Wikimedia
Yangmingshan National Park is the most conveniently located of Taiwan’s national parks just a short bus ride outside Taipei city. The park is home to a dormant volcano which is why there are so many hot springs in the area. Xiaoyoukeng is the best place to see the geysers – there is also a visitor center, and several pathways and hiking trails.

Chimei Museum

Museum, Shop
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Chimei Museum | © Bill Chiang / Flickr
This private museum was established by the Chimei corporation in 1992 but moved to its current location in 2014 and contains a large collection of Western art, musical instruments, and weapons. Its design is heavily influenced by European architecture, making it one of a kind in Taiwan.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Memorial, Building, Park
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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall | © bdavis545 / Wikimedia
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Taipei, the main feature of this hall is the large statue of Chiang Kai-shek, flanked by an honor guard. Visitors can watch the changing of the guard at set times during the day.
These recommendations were updated on July 3, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.