Taiwan was a country of vibrant colored temples, kind people, and delicious street food. We spent a week in Taipei and were so amazed by the modern and efficient city, the historic sights and temples, and all of the beautiful aspects of Taiwanese culture. We realized it is a perfect blend of Japanese and Chinese culture, creating a great atmosphere and feeling for first time travelers to Asia. Here are the best places to visit to experience Taiwanese culture!
The brightly colored temple in the Wanhua District of Taipei, is a Buddhist temple where tourist can come to experience the rituals and ceremonies of Buddhism. I was so fascinated by all of the rituals the locals were doing and I would definitely recommend going there to any traveler in Taiwan. Rebuilt after World War II after being destroyed by an American air raid, this stunning temple was decorated in every nook with either an elaborate painting, sculpture, or golden statue – I was so in awe!
Raohe Street Night Market and Temple
If you want to experience a true Taiwanese street market, then Raohe Street is the place to go. Here your senses are overwhelmed with sights, smells, and tastes, as you can try all sorts of authentic foods and delicious treats! we loved just walking around and trying thing after thing since everything was so affordable. Although we could not identify what some of the foods were, it was so much fun to try things we had never seen before and have a real cultural experience.
Sitting at the heart of the Luzhou neighborhood in New Taipei, Yonglien Temple was one of my favorite experiences during our entire time in Taipei! The temple itself is two stories high and has so many stunning rooms to explore. My favorite part was the upstairs view, where you could se the whole city and watch the crazy and busy intersection down below. The colors and statues in Yonglien temple were so amazing, especially the roof with statues of dragons, people, and animals coming off the sides! After visiting the temple, we walked around the local neighborhood and street market – a perfect place to go have a real local experience.
A perfect place to take kids and escape the chaos of the city, the Taipei Zoo was such a fun experience for us as a family. The highlight of the zoo are the adorable pandas, who are so amusing to watch and a dream come true to see. The Zoo itself was much bigger than we expected and is in fact the biggest zoo in all of Asia! Although we usually do not visit zoos often when we travel, the Taipei Zoo was a wonderful place that is definitely worth experiencing!
Have you ever been to Taiwan before? What was your experience like?