The weirdest Taiwan attractions

Most people know Taiwan for her night markets, food and friendly culture. But delve deep into Taiwan’s intricacies and you’ll find a deeper, darker side of the country that even the locals peer on with curiosity.

If you’re looking to experience the weirder side of Taiwan, here are the top 10 places to visit in Taipei you have to visit on your next trip there!

1. Wanli UFO Village

Wanli UFO Village

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An architectural oddity, these UFO pods are a contrast against the calming coastal background of the Wanli district in Taiwan. Today, inquisitive photographers venture off the beaten path so as to capture the perfect photo of this dilapidated space.

These pods were ultimately found to be structurally unsound against natural disasters like earthquakes (a common occurrence in Taiwan). Therefore, its construction was halted before the intended resort could be completed. Rumours also surround mysterious accidents that befell the construction. It is possible that this is the same reason why this village was never fully torn down.

2. Longtan Strange House or Ye Shan Lou

Longtan Strange House or Ye Shan Lou

Source: Synapticism

The Longtan Strange House or Ye Shan Lou has been termed a monstrosity in design engineering right from the very beginning. You definitely won’t miss this when entering the Longtan district of Taiwan as it stands right at the intersection of five major roads.

The half-constructed building – costing TWD 60 million – was never finished due to a lack of funds. Consequently, you will find big, hanging advertisements on it that till today still fund the goal of TWD 100 million to finish construction. If you’re lucky, you may even be invited in by people who actually stay on the lower floors to explore the building. However, there’s a high likelihood that you will leave with more questions than when you go in.

3. The High Heel Church

The High Heel Church

Source: Atlasobscura

This Cinderella glass slipper church was built to attract more female churchgoers – no surprise there. To further emphasize to its target audience, there are over 100 female-centric displays including loveseat benches, maple leaf decorations, biscuits and cakes.

This building was also apparently inspired by a local story. A Taiwanese girl from the 1960s suffered from Blackfoot disease and had both of her legs amputated. This then led to the cancellation of her wedding where she remained unmarried and spent the rest of her life at a church. This church was thus built in memory of that. Touching or over-the-top?

4. Rainbow Family Village

The weirdest Taipei attractions Most people know Taiwan for her night markets, food and friendly culture. But delve deep into Taiwan’s intricacies and you’ll find a deeper, darker side of the country that even the locals peer on with curiosity. If you’re looking to experience the weirder side of Taiwan, here are the top 10 places to visit in Taipei you have to visit on your next trip there! Wanli UFO Village Source: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/wanli-ufo-village An architectural oddity, these UFO pods are a contrast against the calming coastal background of the Wanli district in Taiwan. The dilapidated space has been deserted for years, open only to the inquisitive photographers who venture off the beaten path for it. Unfortunately, these pods were later found to be structurally unsound against natural disasters like earthquakes (a common occurrence in Taiwan) and its construction was halted before the intended resort could be completed. Rumours also surround mysterious accidents that befell the construction, and it is possible that this is the same reason why this village was never fully torn down. Longtan Strange House or Ye Shan Lou Source: https://synapticism.com/longtan-strange-house/ The Longtan Strange House or Ye Shan Lou has been termed a monstrosity in design engineering right from the very beginning. Standing in the intersection of five major roads, you definitely won’t miss this when entering the Longtan district of Taiwan. The half constructed building - costing TWD 60 million - was never finished due to a lack of funds, and on it you will find big, hanging advertisements that till today fund the ambitious goal of TWD 100 million to finish construction. Lucky onlookers are sometimes invited in by people who actually stay on the lower floors on the building but they usually leave with more questions than when they go in. The High Heel Church Source: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-high-heel-church This Cinderella glass slipper church was built to attract more female churchgoers with over 100 female-centric displays including loveseat benches, maple leaf decorations, biscuits and cakes. This building was also apparently inspired by a local story. A Taiwanese girl from the 1960s suffered from Blackfoot disease and had both of her legs amputated. This led to the cancellation of her wedding where she remained unmarried and spent the rest of her life at a church. This church was then built in memory of that. Touching or over-the-top? Rainbow Family Village Source: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/rainbow-family-village This rainbow family village had humble beginnings as a military dwelling for veterans. Veteran Huang Yung-Fu, more affectionately known as Grandpa Rainbow, picked up his paintbrush one day and decided to spruce up the otherwise boring looking concrete into a village of colour. Today the rainbow family village has garnered so much popularity in Taichung that the government has temporarily deferred its demolition. There’s no saying when the government will claim the land back but do visit this while you still can. Modern Toilet Restaurant Source: https://yeinjee.com/taiwan-modern-toilet-restaurant/ The idea of people eating from toilets is truly baffling but the Taiwan Toilet Restaurant continues to flourish. Now a chain franchise, you can get a taste of this from any of the 14 different restaurants around Taiwan. Dishes that come highly recommended are the Modern Toilet Chicken Curry and soft serve ice cream. Both of these dishes look visually similar to what you might get in an actual toilet so take it with a pinch of salt and it might garner some laughs if you don’t take your food (too) seriously. Snake Alley Source: hotpotatohottomato.wordpress.com Inside Huaxi Tourist Night Market lies an alley for only the brave to explore. Here, snakes are offered as a delicacy in multiple forms - fried, boiled, and even as wine. If this unique cuisine is not for you, it still offers a cultural experience to visit the alley if you are in the area. Huashan Upside Down House Source: https://international.thenewslens.com The Huashan 1914 Creative Park as per its namesake, is a space of creativity where the weirdest of imaginations turns into the talk of the town. There have been multiple exhibits that have been well received amongst the crowd, including the upside down house (pictured above), a finding Waldo interactive room and an outdoor sushi exhibit. There is no saying what else the imagination of people can conjure up next, so you might want to check the latest running event before heading over. Wushanding Mud Volcano 烏山頂泥火山 Credits: https://synapticism.com/wushanding-mud-volcano/ A geographical curiosity, mud volcanoes can be found in only 20 odd countries around the world, with Taiwan hosting a good number of them. These mud volcanoes are the less destructive cousins to lava volcanoes, and it’s a treat getting to see what goes on in one without the danger. One of the bigger mud volcanoes in Taiwan worth a visit is the Wushanding Mud Volcano. Be sure to catch the volcano bubble and even erupt into natural formations while you’re there. And if you’re lucky, someone would have set it on fire, allowing the volcano to spew fire-mud up to 1 metre in height! 9. Shoaf Kepl Poets Source: http://www.kcymaerxthaere.com/index.php/content/markers/shoaf_kepl_poets Kcymaerxthaere, or the theory of parallel universe that intersects linear Earth, is carved on stones just outside of the Baihe district in Taiwan. It’s manifested in a language called 158, where numbers are words and words and numbers. It’s a complicated but fascinating language inscribed on these stones, waiting for the right people to understand and speak it. 10. Carton King Creativity Park Source: http://lemon-film.com/ Who knew collecting cardboard could be made into a booming career? Carton King, Huang Fangliang clearly did and today the Carton King Creativity Park is every paper enthusiast’s dream. The park has zones of cardboard characters and themes, and it even hosts a restaurant that is entirely made up of cardboard, except the food of course. Fun fact: The cardboard is sprayed with fireproof coating so there’s no need to worry about fire safety! Can’t wait to explore all of Taiwan and her oddities? If you’re looking for a quirky adventure, Taiwan is definitely the place for you. 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Source: Atlasobscura

This rainbow family village had humble beginnings as a military dwelling for veterans. Grandpa Rainbow, or veteran Huang Yung-Fu, picked up his paintbrush one day and decided to spruce up the otherwise boring looking concrete into a village of colour.

As a result of the popularity of this rainbow family village, the government has also temporarily deferred its demolition. There’s no saying when the government will claim the land back but do visit this while you still can.

5. Modern Toilet Restaurant

Modern Toilet Restaurant Serving Poop Shaped Food

Source: Yeinjee

The idea of people eating from toilets is truly baffling  Yet, the Taiwan Toilet Restaurant continues to flourish. Now a chain franchise, you can get a taste of this from any of the 14 different restaurants around Taiwan.

The Modern Toilet Chicken Curry and soft serve ice cream are highly recommended food items. Since both of these dishes look visually similar to what you might get in an actual toilet, do take it with a pinch of salt and it might garner some laughs if you don’t take your food (too) seriously.

6. Snake Alley

Cobra Snake Brewed Snake Wine

Source: Hot Potato Hot Tomato

There is an alley that lies inside the Huaxi Tourist Night Market for only the brave to explore. Here, snakes are offered as a delicacy in multiple forms – fried, boiled, and even as wine. Nevertheless, if this unique cuisine is not for you, it still offers a cultural experience to visit the alley if you are in the area.

7. Huashan Upside Down House

Huashan Upside Down House

Source: The News Lens

The Huashan 1914 Creative Park as per its namesake, is a space where the weirdest of imaginations turn into the talk of the town.

Multiple exhibits have been well received amongst the crowd, including the upside down house (pictured above), a finding Waldo interactive room and an outdoor sushi exhibit. There is no saying what else the imagination of people can conjure up next, so you might want to check the latest running event before heading over.

8. Wushanding Mud Volcano

Wushanding Mud Volcano Bubbling

Credits: Synapticism

Mud volcanoes are a geographical curiosity that can be found in only 20 odd countries around the world. Taiwan hosts a good number of these volcanoes that are definitely worth a visit. These mud volcanoes are the less destructive cousins to lava volcanoes, and it’s a treat getting to see what goes on in one without the danger.

One of the bigger mud volcanoes in Taiwan worth a visit is the Wushanding Mud Volcano. Be sure to catch the volcano bubble and even erupt into natural formations while you’re there. And if you’re lucky, someone would have set it on fire, allowing the volcano to spew fire-mud up to 1 metre in height!

9. Shoaf Kepl Poets

Shoaf Kepl Poets

Source: Kcymaerxthaere

Kcymaerxthaere is the theory of a parallel universe that intersects linear Earth. The complexity of this theory is carved on stones just outside of the Baihe district in Taiwan. It’s manifested in a language called 158, where numbers are words and words and numbers. It’s a complicated but fascinating language inscribed on these stones, waiting for the right people to understand it.

10. Carton King Creativity Park

Carton King Creativity Park Panda Paper Structure

Source: Lemon Film

Who knew collecting cardboard could be made into a booming career? Carton King, Huang Fangliang clearly did. Today, the Carton King Creativity Park is every paper enthusiast’s dream. The park has zones of cardboard characters and themes, and it even hosts a restaurant that is entirely made up of cardboard, except the food of course.

Fun fact: The cardboard is sprayed with fireproof coating so you won’t need to worry about fire safety!

Can’t wait to explore all of Taiwan and her oddities?

If you’re looking for a quirky adventure, these Taiwan attractions are perfect for you. Get around Taiwan easily with your Taiwan High-Speed Rail Pass and don’t forget to also Klook your wifi to stay connected!

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