Taipei has never been this budget-friendly!
Believe it or not, there are a handful of activities that you can do in Taipei at absolutely no cost – from the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial to Taipei 101! All you’ll need to explore Taipei is the handy Taipei Fun Pass for seamless transportation PLUS discounts to many sought-after attractions and activities. Choose from one, two, or three day unlimited passes and get access to these free activities in an instant!
So if you’re looking for a sign to visit Taipei this summer, here it is! Keep reading to find out how you can get further discounts on all Taiwan activities and transportation products via Klook!
1. Stroll through the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Tourists will be glad to know that this popular attraction can be enjoyed for free! Block off an afternoon in your itinerary to roam the grounds of Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall – but until you’ve witnessed the changing of the guards of course!
Address: No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
How to get there: Take the Red Line 2 or Green Line 3 to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station
2. Visit the Martyr’s Shrine
One of Taipei’s top attractions, The Martyr’s Shrine has admission for all visitors! Located in the Zhongshan District of Taipei, the popular landmark was created in memory of the Republic of China’s war casualties. While you’re here, be sure to watch the changing of the guards, which commences once every hour.
Address: No. 139, Beian Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei
How to get there: Take the Red Line 2 to Jiantan Station and take a Bus (267, 556, or 902) to the Martyr’s Shrine.
3. Observe local traditions at Longshan Temple
As one of the largest and oldest temples in the country, a trip to the Longshan Temple is a must on our list! Aside from the fact that it is free to enter, we highly recommend a visit to admire the intricate architecture, observe local traditions, and perhaps even get a chance to take part in the daily devotions.
Address: No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei
How to get there: Take the Blue Line 5 to the Longshan Temple Station
4. Climb Elephant Mountain
For picture-perfect views, set aside some time in your itinerary for a hike up Elephant Mountain! Whether you’re hiking in the morning or at night, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the city.
First time hikers, don’t fret! The Elephant Mountain hike is fairly easy and is only take 20 minutes from Xiangshan MTR Station.
How to get there: Take the red line all the way to the Xiangshan MTR Station and take Exit 2
5. Take a photo by the Taipei 101 building
No trip to Taipei is complete without a trip to Taipei 101! Although entrance to the Taipei 101 observatory isn’t free, you can take the train to Taipei 101 Station and snap a photo with the iconic building! Afterwards, you can check out the markets surrounding the area for some milk tea and stinky tofu!
Address: Xinyi Special District, Xinyi District, Taipei
How to get there: Take the Red Line 2 to the Taipei 101 Station
6. Discover history at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall was completed in 1972 in honor of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Republic of China. Here, tourists can explore and discover the history surrounding the life of Sun Yat-sen through artifacts and exhibits.
Address: No. 505, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City
How to get there: Take the Blue Line 5 train to Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station
7. Walk the Jiufen Old Street
With the Taipei Fun Pass, passholders get a complimentary ride to iconic city of Jiufen from Ximending and back! Jiufen Old Street is considered a top tourist destination – and for good reason. So while you’re here, take the time to manoeuvre your way through the narrow food stall-lined alleyways, and discover quaint tea shops such as Amei, which inspired the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away.
8. Get some R&R at Da’an Forest Park
It’s no secret that Taipei gets quite chaotic sometimes – especially with all the shopping centres and night markets in the central city area. If you need to escape and take a breather in the city, head to Da’an Forest Park – the local version of “Central Park” for Taipei residents. Feel free to go for a run, prepare a lovely picnic, or relax in this oasis of nature within the city!
Address: Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City
How to get there: Take the Muzha Line to Da’an Station and walk West to Xinyi Road towards Da’an Park.
9. Discover hidden Temples
Apart from the Longshan Temple and the Martyr’s Shrine, you’ll be surprised to know that Taipei is actually dotted with a number of temples scattered throughout the city. So if you’ve got a curious mind for culture, a hidden temple hunt might just be your cup of tea.
10. Spend 24 hours at the Eslite Bookstore
We may have found the ultimate haven for all bookworms! At Eslite Bookstore, not only do you get access to the latest book releases from your favourite authors, this haven is open 24 hours a day! With all the time in the world to browse and decide on your next big read, you no longer need to judge a book just by its cover!
Address: 2F, No.245, Sec.1, Tunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei 106
How to get there: Take Red Line 2 to Taipei 101 Station and walk 15 minutes
Have yourself a Taipei summer adventure
There’s no better time to visit Taipei than right now! Head on a food adventure to some of Taipei’s best cafes, seek out some amazing night market eats, and check out more of the city’s essential things to do!