[This post will be updated if new information about places around the station comes available. 🙂 ]
Global Mall Linkou A9
If you want to find out what a mall in Taiwan looks like, take theMRT line to Linkou Station. Global Mall Linkou A9, one of seven Global Mallbranches in Taiwan, is directly connected to the MRT station; it’s easy to find,and you don’t have to go outside. There is a wide range of shopping, dining,and entertainment options inside the mall, including bakeries, a children’splay area, a food court with international restaurants, and the Jungle Park.The 4-story mall is not especially large, but it certainly gives you moreoptions for whiling away the time between flights than the airport facilities.
Add: No. 2, Sec. 1, Wenhua 3rd Rd., Linkou District, New Taipei City
Mitsui Outlet Park
If you bring a little more time and you fancy a big shopping spree,about 600m from the Global Mall, along Wenhua 3rd Rd., is the MitsuiOutlet Park, one of two such parks in Taiwan (the other is near Taichung Port).Operated by the Japanese Mitsui Group, the mall was opened in 2016 and hasindoor and outdoor segments, with a large number of shops selling internationalbrands and restaurants serving excellent food. There is also a movie theater onthe third floor of the complex.
Add: No. 356, Sec. 1, Wenhua 3rd Rd., Linkou District, New Taipei City
Zhulinshan Guanyin Temple ( 竹林山觀音寺 )
If shopping is not your thing and you’d rather spend some timelearning about local culture and religion, there is a large Buddhist templecomplex in Linkou that might be of interest to you. Located about 4km (10minutes by taxi) from MRT Linkou Station, Zhulinshan Guanyin Temple is a largeBuddhist temple dating from 1939. The main deity worshipped, alongside a hostof other deities, is the Eighteen-Armed Guanyin Bodhisattva. The temple is anexcellent example of southern Chinese temple architecture. The cypress altar inthe main hall, measuring nearly 13 meters, is currently the longest such altarin Taiwan. Facing one side of the temple is the spacious Zhulinshan TemplePark, great for strolling about and taking photos.
Add: No. 325, Zhulin Rd., Linkou District, New Taipei City
Website: www.zlskyt.com.tw (Chinese)
Lao Zhan Yuan Ramen King ( 老占元拉麵大王 )
A short walk south of Zhulinshan Guanyin Temple, this is a verypopular noodle restaurant, serving beef and mutton noodles. A typical no-frillseatery, this is a great option if you want to eat local-style. Since it mainlycaters to local diners, there is no English menu (the two items at the top ofthe menu are beef noodles, NT$130, and mutton noodles, NT$110). Side dishes,self-chosen from the fridge, are NT$30 each.
Add: No. 120, Linkou Rd., Linkou District, New Taipei City