The Wonders of Taipei - Longshan Temple, Taipei 101, and Other Remarkable Sites





If you haven't read my first wonders of Taipei post, click here.


 


Let's explore the other wonders of the capital city! From our last article, we talked about the CKS Memorial Hall and the Huashan 1914 Creative Park. Talk about Longshan Temple.


 


Longshan Temple



Longshan Temple station


 



Inside Longshan Temple upon entrance to the outer gate


 


Longshan Temple is one of the most iconic and oldest temples in Taiwan. People gather to ask blessings and pay tribute to their Gods. We paid a visit to see how locals offer their prayers.


 





Locals offering foods. Angle facing the entrance where we entered



Behind those gates are Gods that have specific blessings


 



Another angle of the temple


 


Next stop, we roamed around nearby and tried out their healthy tea full of great stuff. I wasn't able to take note of them but the fact that I can't means it sure is a lot! Then we went to Bo-Pi-Liao old street.



The stall where you could buy the tea. They take it from that huge jar


 


Bo-Pi-Liao Old Street



The entrance to the main street


 


 


Bopilao old street is a historical site from Taipei that used to be an exporting area. Now, it's recreated as a hub similar to Huashan Creative Park.


 





 


The road was built on a slanting manner wherein in case of a zombie apocalypse, zombies would get confused. The locals told us that zombies walk straight that's why they made the road slant for them to have more time to run while they pile off on the side. That's a crazy fact but can't mess with history!


 


The Red House



 



 


The Red House is shaped as an octagon to prevent ghosts from coming (as per their tradition). This house was build during the Japanese colonial period as a theatre house for entertainment. It is said that this place used to celebrate gay pride in the area.


 



Gay taking a selfie. He's been there for around 30mins already lol


 




 


This area is just nearby Ximen station. An easy commute as long as you're within the MRT premises!



 


We went to some more places around the area.



Taiwan City Police Department



Bank of Taiwan



Office of the President




Another view of the office. Did you know this was designed during the Japanese colonial period?


 



 


Taipei 101


 




 



 


Now for the most mainstream building in the country! We went up to the highest floor. Allow me to show you pictures inside the building.


 



The tickets for the observatory. We bought it for NTD540.


 



The queue to the elevator. The line moves progressively every few mins. Oh look she has a Pikachu on her stick.


 



Can't deny that. Going up was extremely fast! Wanna see it? It's in my vlog ;)


 




 



View from the observatory


 



Another view from the observatory


We went up for 2 more floors to see it from outside. This is possibly the highest area you can get.


 





 


Next up we went down and took a look into the towers Damper. In case you don't know, a damper absorbs the motion of the mountain maintaining its stability over strong winds.



That's pretty much it from the main attractions on top. Next, we went back to the ground floor to check out the shopping mall.


 




 




 


And for our last stop, we went for lunch at Din Tai Fung, a restaurant ranked as a Michelin Star. What's best is we're eating it in an iconic area!


 



Closer view


 



A little bit about their history


 



Food is expensive but hey what do you expect from a Michelin Star restaurant


 



Chicken Soup. Small serving but worth every penny!


 





Fried rice and dumplings. Before and after


 


Overall Taipei 101 was great though would have been better if you have a lot of money in your pocket as items are expensive.


 




 


For the next leg of our trip, we're going to Elephant mountain! Stay tuned for my next blog about it!



 


Want to see my vlog?


Check out part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcOcKNrs1-A


Then part 2 here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trMJdZxGoD0


 



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