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Taiwan Top Ten Cultural Attractions

No.1.National Palace Museum, Taipei台北 “故宫博物院”

National Palace Museum is Taiwan’s answer to Metropolitan Museum of Art. It harbors 700,000 pieces of arts and artifacts spanning millennia, the largest and arguably the finest across China. Its also features an unparalleled collection of porcelain, calligraphy works and bronze ware.

National Palace Museum is one of the 4 biggest museums on earth. If you enjoy each piece carefully, it takes around 30 years.

Add: No.221, Sec. 2, Zhishan Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City 11143, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Tel:+886-2-2881-2021, +886-2-66103600


Entry Fee: TWD $160


taiwan national palace museum

Taiwan National Palace Museum

taiwan national palace museum

Taiwan National Palace Museum

Exhibitions of 2014

2014/07/04~2014/09/29Four Great Masters of the Ming Dynasty: Tang Yin Exhibition Area

2014/05/01~2014/07/25Famous Works of Modern Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition Area

2014/04/03~2014/06/30Four Great Masters of the Ming Dynasty: Wen Zhengming Exhibition Area

2014/04/01~2014/08/31Painting Anime 'Imitating Zhao Bosu's Illustration of the Latter Red Cliff' Exhibition Area

2014/02/27~2014/06/02The Enigma of M.C. Escher: Prints from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem Exhibition Area

2014/01/25~Rare Books and Secret Archives : Treasures from the National Palace Museum Exhibition Area

National Palace Museum Taipei

Map of National Palace Museum (Click to enlarge)


No.2 Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall 中正纪念堂

Feature:Ideally located at the urban core of Taipei, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a place to worship Chiang Kai-shek. As Taipei’s most important venue of various performances,Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall features a vibrant art and performance scene. Each hour, the shifting ritual performed by guards here is eye-opening.

Add:21,Zhongshan South Rd, Taipei

Entry Fee: Free

Open:9:00 to 17:00 the park is open from 5:00 to 12:00

Get in:15、18、20、22、 37、204、208、214、236、248、249、251、252、261、263、270、293、297、621、623、630、651 get off at (Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Bus Stop中正纪念堂站) or Nanmen Shichang Bus Stop (South Gate Market Bus stop ,南门市场站)

Chiang Kai shek Memorial Hall Map

Chiang Kai shek Memorial Hall Map


No.3.Tainan Grand Mazu (Matso) Temple北港朝天宫 妈祖庙

Feature: Built in 1694, Tainan Grand Mazu Temple is the king amid over 200 Mazu temples across Taiwan (there are 50,000 Mazu temples across the world, with devotees populated over 20 million). Tainan Grand Mazu Temple brims with colors, sights and scents during the birthday of Mazu (the 23th day of the 3rd lunar month), the sea goddess of the Taiwanese and Fujianese. Its architectural style is authentically Fujian and distinctly Taiwan. Other times for people watching and cultural immersion include the 1st of the 1st lunar month and the 15th of the 1st lunar month.

Add: 178, Zhongshan Rd, Beiguagn Town,Yunlin County

Open: 9:00 to 17:00


tainan grand mazu temple

tainan grand mazu temple

tainan grand mazu temple

tainan grand mazu temple

tainan grand mazu temple

tainan grand mazu temple

No.4 Tainan Confucius Temple台南孔庙

Feature: It is the oldest Confucius temple in Taiwn.

Add: 2, Nanmen Rd, Tainan700


Tel: +886 6 221 4647

Drive by yourself:
Tainan Train Station (台南車站) -> Zhongshan Road (中山路) -> Tainan City Hall (台南市政府) -> make a left turn at Nanmen Road (南門路) -> make a right turn at Wenshen Road (文聖路) -> Tainan Confucius Temple (台南孔廟)

By Bus: 1, 3, 16, or 17 from Tainan Train Station (台南車站) to Tainan Jiansing Junior High School stop (建興國中站). Walk along Wenshen Road (文聖路) and make a left turn at Nanmen Road (南門路) to Tainan Confucius Temple (台南孔廟).

No.5 Tainan Chiqian Mansion(Fort)台南赤嵌楼

Feature: Commenced in 1653, the 150m-long Chiqian Mansion (Fort) is an impressive reminder of Tainan’s colonial past. It is part of the already distinguished colonial enclosure built by the Dutch. On display is a collection of history-related materials within its chambers.

Add:212Minzu Rd, Tainan

Open: 8:30 to 17:30 and 17:30 to 21:00

Entrance fee: TWD50

Get in Bus 5 88 99

No.6 Anping Old Fort /Fort Zeelandia (Taiwan) 台南安平古堡

Feature: The 300-year-old Anping Old Fort is the first European castle in Taiwan. Chinese visitors flock in droves here to commemorate the extraordinary past, while those have no clue to its historic significance can relish in a unrivaled panorama: buildings and relics amid the dense trees form the foreground, which is framed by the ship-studded vast ocean in the distance.

Fort Zeelandia

Add:82, Guosheng Rd, Anping District, Tainan

Open:8:30 to 17:30 (summer) 8:00 to 17:00(winter) (Spring Festival, Pure Bright Festival and Dragon Boat Festival are closed)

Entrance Fee: TWD50

Get in: take bus 15,33 or 100

Fort Zeelandia Anping Fort Taiwan

No.7 Danshui Hongmao (Red Hair)Castle淡水红毛城

Feature: Danshui Hongmao Castle, or San Domingo, was built in 1628 by the Spaniards as a church and restored by the Dutch as a home-base during 1644. From 1867 to 1980, it was the seat of the British Consulate in Taiwan. Danshui Hongmao Castle stands as a silent witness of the intense and dramatic history of Taipei during the past 300 years. Spaniards, Dutch, Japanese, British and Americans all left their marks to it, which remains off limit to the Chinese until two decades ago. Its exterior may fail to evoke a sense of majesty at first sight, but be patient to see the sunset does the magic. Silhouetted against the blazing sky, it looks both imposing and mysterious.

Add: 1, 28 Lane, Zhongzheng Rd, Danshui Town, Taipei

danshui hongmao castle

No.8 Daxi Old Street大溪老街

Feature:Though it is exaggerating to say that Daxi Old Street is Taiwan’s Old Town of Lijiang and the Bund combined, Daxi Old Street does has its fair share of charm.An eclectic mix of architecture, combined with century-old, slow-paced lifestyle and curio shops, lend this timeless retreat irresistible beauty.

Add:Heping Rd, Zhongshan Rd, and Zhongyang Rd are collectively known as Daxi Old Street

daxi old street taiwan

No.9 Taiwan Lugang(Deer Bay) Town鹿港小镇

Feature:Lugang (Deer Bay) Town, a 300-year-old bay town is in a state of stunning decay. It is the first stop of those Quanzhounese who farewelled their hometown and landed at Taiwan in pursuit of fame and fortune. Due to the dwindling port business, it maintains its authenticity and integrity. If you want to see the exact look of Taiwan 3 centuries ago, here is the best place. There are 120 temples to explore.

Festivals and Events of Lugang Town

Ask for Blessing during New Year Eve(除夕祈福点灯)

God of Fortune Parade(财神绕境)

Lantern Festival(元宵迎龙阵)

Mazu Festival(三月疯妈祖)

Ghost Festival (中元普渡)

No.10 Jiufen九份---A City of Sadness

Feature:Jiufen is Taiwan’s coastal version of Sacramento of Californio. In 1893, gold mines were discovered near this impoverished village with only 9 households. The followings years witnessed the inflow of gold hunters and the meteoric rise of this village. With the exhaustion of gold mine resources, this village declined again.

Shops, restaurants and cafes line the interlacing laneways of Jiufen. Its history and streetscape has inspired movies and cartoons including A City of Sadness. One drawing card of Jiufen is that you can stay in a local’s house, rather than in a hotel, to savor up the original local lifestyle and to gain first-hand information. These houses offer spectacular seaside view.

 jiufen taiwan



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Author: Sophia  Posted on May 10,2014

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