There’s a reason Taipei, Taiwan is one of Asia’s top tourist destination. It’s packed with top tourist attractions, that’s why. On a trip to Taipei, see as many museums, temples and markets as you can, but make sure you see these top five Taipei tourist attractions. If you visit Taipei without visiting them, you can’t really say you’ve seen Taipei.
Taipei 101 – One of the most spectacular buildings in the world, Taipei 101 is the pride of Taiwan. Once the world’s tallest building and still coming in at number two, Taipei 101 towers over the city and can be seen from just about anywhere. The building has 101 floors above ground and five floors below, and a mega shopping center connected to it.
Visitors from all over the world visit Taipei 101 to ascend to its two observation decks, one on the 89th floor and the Observation deck on the 91st. There’s also an incredible Japanese restaurant on the 86th floor – imagine the views while eating there. No wonder Taipei 101 is one of Taipei’s top five tourist attractions.
National Palace Museum – Known as one of the top four museums in the world, alongside the Louvre, the British Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Palace Museum in Taipei has the world’s largest collection of Chinese artifacts. Some of the artifacts are from the collections of Chinese emperors, and are over 5,000 years old. With a collection of over 700,000 pieces, the items on display are rotated every three months so it’s possible to visit the National Palace Museum many times for many years, before you would be able to see everything.
The National Palace Museum is set in its own gardens, and has an excellent restaurant and a gift shop. Don’t miss visiting, it’s not every day you get to see this much ancient history.
Shihlin Night Market – One of Taipei’s largest markets, people not only flock here for the cheap goods but also for the streets and streets of food stalls. Shihlin Night Market is known throughout Taipei as one of the best places to eat everything from noodles to mooncakes, rice dishes to hot pot, pancakes to fried chicken. It’s an absolute glutton’s gourmet and requires several visits if you want to get a good taste of Taiwan.
Be warned, the market is crowded and, like similar places worldwide, pickpockets do operate. Just keep a check on your money and you’ll have no problems. A wonderful place for cool photographs too.
Taipei Botanical Gardens/National Museum of History – As a country, Taiwan has some of the most beautiful nature spots in the world, and the Taipei Botanical Gardens is one of them. On 15 hectares of land, the botanical gardens are massive and are home to more than 1,500 species.
The Botanical Gardens have greenhouses with literature and Chinese Zodiac themed gardens, ponds, and 17 separate districts of plant life.
The National Museum of History is also right next the Taipei Botanical Gardens, so you can enjoy a full day there. The museum is a five-floor building with exhibits of Chinese artifacts from all over Taiwan and Mainland China. The collections go back to the Neolithic Period and include Pre-Qin pottery, ancient bronze pieces and figurines from the Sixth Dynasty.
Mengjia Longshan Temple – One of the most beautiful and oldest Chinese temples in Taipei and a top tourist attraction, Mengjia Longshan Temple is famous for its dragon poles, ancient Chinese poems and hundreds of beautiful sculptures. It’s also well-known as a symbol of perseverance in Taipei as the temple has been damaged or destroyed several times by earthquakes and fires. The last time it was damaged and had to be rebuilt was in 1945 when American bombers dropped bombs on it.
National Palace Museum
Shihlin Night Market
Taipei Botanical Gardens
National Museum of History
Mengjia Longshan Temple