[This post will be updated if new information about places around the station comes available. 🙂 ]
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.
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 Fine Arts Museum (臺北市立美術館)
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
Taipei Confucius Temple (台北市孔廟)
Reflecting the architecture of ancient temples, this temple honors the Greatest Sage and Foremost Teacher, Confucius. Inside is a display space on the Six Arts (rites, music, archery, charioteering, writing, and mathematics). Multimedia facilities are used to gain visitors’ understanding about Confucian culture and the temple’s history. The Confucius Ceremony is held each spring and autumn, with local students performing the classical Yi Dance, a grand expression of Confucian culture aesthetics and of Dalongdong’s unique cultural customs.
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
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.)
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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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)
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
The main deity here is the God of Literature, Wenchang Dadi. This key Dalongdong heritage site bears witness to the old community’s respect for learning.
Location: No. 14, Ln. 364, Sec. 2, Dihua St., Datong Dist., Taipei City