CultureStepping into Dihua Street, the most historical block in Taipei, you will be surrounded by Minnan buildings and western style buildings. Some sell retro bamboo-made equipments, and others sell snacks and dried goods. The street is immersed in a historical atmosphere. If you visit here during traditional Chinese New Year period, Dihua Street becomes a bustling Lunar New Year street where is full of cries of sellers and greetings to each other with excitement and happiness.
Following that, take the MRT to Longshan Temple which was built in the Chin Dynasty with a history of nearly 300 years. There are lots of exquisite wood carving, stone carving, and painting on the wall. Moreover, there is the one and only bronze pillar in Taiwan at antetemple, where you’ll be able to enjoy the refine carving techniques. Besides, there are also different deities, no matter what you are seeking for: better fortune of career, romantic or peace, Longshan Temple is always a must-go place for you.
If you wish to go for a casual trip with an art and culture theme, you can take the MRT to Huashan 1914 Creative Park which used to be a winery. There are varieties of exhibitions and music performances scheduled every month. There are also flea market and creatives market during the weekends. If you are tired from a long walk, there are lots of cafés in the park where travelers can take a break and chat with friends.
The most fascinating cultural attraction is National Palace Museum. When you get off the bus, the most well established museum in Taiwan which filled with all kinds of treasures of Chinese culture stands in front of your eyes. There are more than 700 thousand artworks and artifacts. The representative piece of the collections must be the Jade Cabbage. It’s just a must-see.