Say you want to have an awesome time in Taipei, but only have a day or two to be there. What do you do? What do you see? How can you plan the perfect day in Taipei?
While living in Taiwan, I went to Taipei almost every weekend and discovered the top 6 things to do and see in Taipei. If you’re limited to only a day or two in Taipei, doing these 6 things will maximize your time and make your trip a hit!
1) Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Chiang Kai-shek is a huge figure in Taiwanese history, so of course there’s a giant memorial for him.
The Chiang Kai-shek memorial is one of Taipei’s main attractions and an awesome photo op. There’s also a museum inside and it’s FREEEEEE!
2) Taipei Taiwan LDS Temple and Yongkang Street
Right smack in the middle of Taipei’s hustle and bustle is the Taipei Taiwan Temple.
It’s actually very small inside and doesn’t function all hours of everyday, so be sure to check the temple schedule before showing up if you plan to do a session.
The temple is also right next to Taipei’s famous Yongkang Street food district, so after visiting the temple, you can stop for lunch.
Also, if you want to attend church in English in Taipei, the English ward meets in the stake center next door.
3) Taipei 101
Named for its 101 floors, Taipei 101 was the world’s tallest building from 2004 to 2009 and is currently the 8th tallest in the world.
Obviously, you should be several blocks away from the building itself to get a good view of the whole thing.
Or you can hike Elephant Mountain (Shiangshan) to get a view of it sticking out of Taipei’s skyline.
You can also go inside Taipei 101 itself. You can shop, eat, and (if you’re feeling adventurous) take a high-speed elevator to the top (cost 500-600 NTD).
4) Maokong Gandola
The Maokong Gandola is a cable car suspended in the air that takes you on a journey above the forest between the Taipei Zoo and the outskirts of Taipei. You can enjoy a nice view of Taipei and the surrounding hills.
5) Beitou Public Hot Springs (aka Millenium Hot Spring)
Taiwan is covered in hot springs and Beitou is the best place in Taipei to soak in one. Beitou Public Hot Springs is a short walk from Xinbeitou MRT Station. Changing rooms and showers are available. Entry is 40 NTD.
6) Shilin Night Market
A night market is a place where you can buy cheap stuff and eat weird stuff. Visiting night markets is a famous Taiwanese pastime.
Shilin Night Market is one of Taipei’s most popular night markets. It’s right off of Jiantian MRT station. You can’t miss it.
And BAM! There’s your guide for the perfect day in Taipei! If you follow this list, you’ll hit Taipei’s top hot spots and go to bed feeling like a Taipei pro.
Note: Everything on this list is easily accessible from the Taipei MRT and is organized in order of what you should see leaving from Taipei Main Station. If you follow this list in order, you’ll see everything in the most efficient way.
P.S. I recommend buying an EasyCard if you’re going to spend any time in Taipei. They’re cheap and make using the MRT super convenient. You can buy one at any 7-Eleven and most MRT stations.