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Taipei Confucius Temple (台北市孔廟)
Dedicated to Confucius, the Great Sage and First Teacher, and his key disciples, this is an official municipal heritage site. Those who come to pray, especially for luck in exams, can follow the well-marked “blessings path.” Enter through the Hong Gate, then through the Li Gate and Lingxing Gate, symbolizing respect for Confucius. Finally, prayers are offered at Dacheng Hall. As well, enjoy 4D films introducing Confucian culture at Minglun Hall, and buy innovative-design themed items at the souvenir shop. Each September 28 the Confucius Day Commemoration Ceremony is held, celebrating the sage’s birthday, the faithfully reenacted ancient rites and music attracting many tourists
Add: No. 275, Dalong St., Datong Dist., Taipei City
Dalongdong Bao’an Temple (大龍峒保安宮)
Established in 1742, the temple’s main deity is the God of Medicine, Baosheng Dadi, this temple’s founders hailed from Tong’an in mainland China’s Fujian Province – “Bao’an” in the temple’s name means “bless and protect Tong’an.” The hoary temple is a place of art and of religion, providing a library and cultural-arts workshops and fulfilling the temple’s traditional community cultural center role. The annual Baosheng Cultural Festival, staged from April to June, is a splendid temple-activity and traditional-culture showcase.
Add: No. 275, Dalong St., Datong Dist., Taipei City
House of Black Tea (大龍峒紅茶屋)
The signature black tea here is brewed freshly every day. The cups are large and the price reasonable. Added to the tea are cassia, licorice, and other medicinal items. The tea flavor is strong, and when adding crushed ice the tea becomes a very refreshing drink. In summer, ordering a cup of herbal tea, black tea, or winter melon tea is highly recommended.
Add: No. 65, Ln. 335, Sec. 3, Chongqing N. Rd., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2594-1932
Zheng Yi Tang Herbal Kitchen
A Chinese-medicine shop that sells tonic foods, the décor here is antique. Medicinal items such as shiquan (“ten complete,” a decoction of tonics), siwu (“four ingredients,” another decoction), and ginseng are matched with fish, chicken, mushrooms, and other foods to create delicious, healthy soup stocks that, served with thin wheat-flour noodles, make heart-warming, nutritious meals.
Add: 118, Hami St., Taipei City (台北市大同區哈密街118號)
Tel: (02) 2591-9631 (closed on Sundays)
Shuren Academy / Wenchang Temple
During the Qing Dynasty this was a school for children in Dalongdong, established by the accomplished scholar Chen Wei-ying. Comes exam season, many students will pray for good luck at the temple. The site has not only witnessed the changes in Dalongdong’s education system, but has also become an important belief center.
Location: No. 14, Ln. 364, Sec. 2, Dihua St., Datong Dist., Taipei City
Dalong Night Market (大龍街夜市)
Located by the Confucius Temple and Bao’an Temple heritage sites, this is an old community-style night market of great traditional color. Among the many specialty snacks are “Fang’s Soy-Stewed Pork with Rice,” “Dazhong Seafood Congee,” shacha-sauce mutton, Zhong-ge Dessert, “First Range Goose,” “Big Meat Chunks Thick Soup,” and Black Tea House.
Location: Dalong St., Taipei City (between Jiuquan St. and Minzu W. Rd.)
Kuo Meals (郭記大塊肉羮)
To ensure the freshest and most delicious tastes, Kuo Meals’ rougeng (thick meat soup) is cooked fresh after each ordering, ensuring firm, substantial meat texture. The clear both is tasty and aromatic. Add wheat or rice noodles, and order a few of the special side dishes, and a satisfying repast of old-time happiness is guaranteed.
Add: No. 231, Dalong St., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2599-4803
King Beef (金春發牛肉店)
This widely known century-old shop prepares a wide range of beef dishes, including clear-stock beef noodles, blanched beef soup, and an assorted beef platter. The beef stock is rich and lightly sweet, the beef aromatic, silky, and tender – a veritable must-not-miss Dalongdong flavor adventure.
Add: No. 173, Sec. 3, Chengde Rd., Datong Dist., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2591-1878 (closed on Mondays)
Linji Huguo Zen Temple (臨濟護國禪寺)
A fine example of Japanese Edo period Buddhist temple architecture, located outside MRT Yuanshan Station’s Exit 2. The Grand Sanctuary is indeed grandly resplendent, well worth a visit.
Location: No. 9, Yumen St., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City
Taipei Expo Park (花博公園)
Taipei Expo Park, beside MRT Yuanshan Station, encompasses a number of park areas and pavilions. Key facilities include the EXPO Dome, EXPO Hall, and Yuanshan Plaza. There’s a constant schedule of themed exhibitions and cultural-arts performances. MAJI MAJI Square is a distinctive lifestyle market featuring music, art, and other elements. At the colorful, boisterous Farmers’ Market held each weekend visitors can buy fresh produce brought in direct from selected small farms.
Taiwanese Indigenous Cultural Center
This facility, in Taipei Expo Park, showcases local indigenous specialty products, foods, and drinks. Register for afternoon DIY sessions held on the second and fourth Saturday each month, and enjoy native song-and-dance shows. A Sakuliu Pvavalung solo exhibit will also open August 5. Visit the official website for details.
Add: No. 151, Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City
( 台北市中山北路3段151號 )
Tel: (02) 2599-2655
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Appreciate modern art at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (臺北市立美術館). Located in the Fine Arts Park Area of the Taipei Exo Park, this bright-white complex is shaped like the Chinese character “井”. Glass walls allow in streaming natural lighting, and the beauty of light and shadow. An irregular schedule of cultural-arts exhibitions and hands-on interactive experiences is offered, attractive for the whole family.
Add: No. 181, Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City
Shin Yeh (欣葉)
If you are looking for authentic upscale Taiwanese cuisine, try Shin Yeh (欣葉). The chain’s restaurants have been serving high-end Taiwanese food since 1977. Starting from a humble space on Shuangcheng Street, has now several restaurants throughout the city, the most iconic of which is on the 85th floor of the Taipei 101 tower.
Add: No. 34-1, Shuangcheng St., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City
Greenhouse Space (綠舍食光)
This restaurant is nestled in a small open area between high-end apartment buildings. The restaurant has a minimalist interior with simple wooden tables and chairs, the only signs of extravagance being two small nooks with tastefully selected leather furniture. There are only two dining options – a set meal with meat and a vegetarian set, each priced at NT$380. Generally speaking, you’ll get six or seven dishes (with the meat-based set, a mix of vegetable and meat offerings), a bowl of rice, and a soup. Greenhouse Space an intriguing place to eat indeed.
Add: No. 24, Lane 62, Sec. 3, Xinsheng N. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City
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