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7 Best Things to Do in Taiwan

Headed over to Taiwan? With all that there is to explore and to do, it may be easy to get overwhelmed. Don’t panic though!

Here are some of our favorite things to do in Taiwan that you should definitely check out…


1. Check out the world’s largest work of glass art

The Dome of Light
Editorial credit: Richie Chan /

Built and designed by world-renowned Italian artist, Narcissus Quagliata, the Dome of Light is the world’s largest public art installation made by individual pieces of colored glass.

Made out of 4,500 glass panels, the project took four and a half years to complete and is the main reason why many are calling Formosa Boulevard one of the world’s most beautiful subway stations.

The dome’s design is divided into four themes that tells of the different phases of human life: water (womb of life), earth (prosperity and growth), light (the creative spirit), and fire (destruction and rebirth).

  • Location: B1 level, Formosa Boulevard Station (Kaoshiung MRT Red Line and Orange Line intersection)
  • Operation Hours: 24 hours daily
  • Fees: NA
  • What You Need to Know: At street level, the Formosa Boulevard Station has four main entrances that were designed by Japanese architect Shin Takamatsu. The way they were designed seem to interconnect and apparently represent hands clasped in prayer.

2. Visit a cat-filled village in Houtong

Houtong Cat Village

Once a former mining village with a population of 6,000, the population of Houtong drastically decreased to around 100 in the 1990s as the younger generations packed up and left for “greener pastures”.

Over time though, more residents have flocked to the village – albeit the four-legged kind. Nowadays, Houtong has become a cat sanctuary of some sort with more than 100 cats that roam around the village freely – which is what attracts tourists foreign and local alike.

  • Location: From Taipei Main Train Station take the TRA to Rui Fang Station. Then ride the train going to Houtong Station.
  • Operation Hours: 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Fees: NA
  • What You Need to Know: If you were to literally translate the Houtong Station, it’d be “Monkey Station” – though there aren’t any monkeys in the village anymore. You can take the tour through the village’s “Monkey Cave” (NT$100-150) which takes guests on a tour through the mining tunnels – only problem is, the tour is given in Mandarin.

3. Enjoy a meal at this toilet-themed restaurant

Modern Toilet Restaurant
Image credit: @riNux

Modern Toilet is slowly making its way across Southeast Asia with branches already open in Hong Kong and Taiwan. From menu-items being served in mini toilet bowls or bath tubs, to guests sitting on seat-down toilets – you’d think this novelty restaurant would fizzle out over time, but the silly and unusual joint has held its own – serving customers curries, hotpot and dessert selections.

  • Location: Second Floor, No 7,Ln 50, Xining S. Rd., Taipei City
  • Operation Hours: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM (Monday to Friday), 11:30 AM to 10 PM (Saturday to Sunday)
  • Fees: Dishes range from NT$90 to NT$580
  • What You Need to Know: Unsurprisingly, most of their food items have names that are poop related. Case in point, guests can rrder their Modern Toilet Poop Meatballs (NT$260), their Modernt Toilet Turd Sandwich (NT$290) and their hot or cold Modern Toilet Diarrhea Cocoa (NT$150).

4. The High Heel Church

High Heel Church
Editorial credit: YingHui Liu /

Made with 320 tainted glass panels, this 55-foot glass church was built in an attempt to cater to female visitors – hence, the high heel shape apparently. Now, although it’s called The High Heel Church, it doesn’t necessarily hold any religious services. Instead, it’s meant to be a wedding hall or location for a photo shoot.

  • Location: Haixing St, Budai Township, Chiayi 625, Taiwan
  • Operation Hours: 9 AM – 5:30 PM (Monday to Thursday), 9 AM – 8 PM (Friday to Sunday)
  • Fees: NA
  • What You Need to Know: The church is apparently based on the story of a local girl who caught Blackfoot disease. Both her lower legs were amputated, which led to the end of her engagement and her living out the rest of her days alone in the church.

5. Release traditional sky lanterns at Pingxi Old Street

Taiwan Sky Lantern
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Known as the Sky Lantern Capital of Taiwan, tourists flock here during January 15 for the Pingshi Sky Lantern Festival. During this time, hundreds of lanterns carrying wishes and prayers are released into the sky.

Beyond that though, tourists are still welcome to come over and to visit a sky lantern shop where you can actually make one yourself (with a little help from the pros, of course).

  • Location: Pingxi Street, Pingxi District, New Taipei City
  • Operation Hours: Open 24 hours daily
  • What You Need to Know: In order to light the flame in a lantern, you’re supposed to burn 12 pcs. Of ghost money which represent the 12 months in a year.

6. Enjoy a breathtaking view from Taipei 101

Taipei 101

Formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, the 101-story tower began construction in 1999 and was finished in 2004. It has a four-story observatory (89th to 91st floor) that provides guests with an unobstructed view of Taipei, that houses a museum that shows how the building was built and more.

  • Location: No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City
  • Operation Hours: The Observatory is open 9 AM to 10 PM daily
  • Fees: General ticket (NT$600), Student with valid ID (NT$540) and children are for free
  • What You Need to Know: You can purchase your tickets at fifth floor, and then take the Guinness World Record breaking elevator to the 89th floor. It is so fast that it only takes 37 seconds to travel from the fifth to the 89th floor.

7. Take a day trip to Jiufen

Jiufen Taipei

Exploding with Japanese influence, the quaint village may be familiar to fans of the anime movie “Spirited Away”. What once was a gold mining town has not become a tourist spot filled with street food, tea houses and Japanese and Chinese cafes.

Because of its proximity to Taipei, tourists usually visit Jiufen as part of a day tour. However, guests can also stay overnight in one of their boutique b&b’s called “Minsu”.

With the limited number rooms available and large number of tourists that visit, it is advisable that one books a room in advance.

  • Location: Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Operation Hours: NA
  • Fees: Guests can take a day tour to Jiufen – tour price dependent on operator.
  • What You Need to Know: Guests should visit during the month of July for the Jiufen Torch Festival. Residents raise red torches that join with the white street lanterns that line the streets. In effect, it looks like a large golden dragon going through the alleyways of Jiufen.

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