Attractions We Suggest in Taipei
National Palace Museum
The National Palace Museum houses the world's largest collection of priceless Chinese art treasures, one which spans China's nearly 5,000-year history. Most of the museum's 620,000 art objects were part of the Chinese imperial collection, which began over 1,000 years ago in the early Sung dynasty.
221 Chih-shan Rd., Sec. 2, Wai-shuang-hsi, Shi-lin District, Taipei Public: Buses:255,304,mini bus 18, mini bus 19, culture bus 101 get off at Museum plaza Stop MRT: Take Danshui Line and get off at Shilin Station and take the Red 30 to the Museum .
Taipei Hsing Tien Temple
This very busy temple is devoted to Kuan, a famous deified general who lived (A. D. 162-219) during the Three
righteousness above all things, Kuan Kung is worshipped as the God of War; since he was adept at managing finances, he is also worshipped as the patron saint of businessmen. This is young temple, built in 1967, with a simple and dignified appearance. In front of the hall is a censer with a somewhat unusual design, its two handles in the shape of flying dragons and its four sides adorned with dragons'heads streatching toward the sky. The courtyard of the temple is usually busy, with crowds of worshippers bowing their heads or kneeling in devotion. On the main altar you will see offerings of only fresh flowers and tea, since the temple forbids the killing of offering of animals. The temple also discourages the burning of ritual paper money as an offering to the deities and the spirits of the deceased, the staging of operas for the gods, the presenting of gold medallions in gratitude to the deities, and the like. The temple supplies free candles, and there is no donation box-a first for traditional religion in Taiwan! Many believers feel that this is a very efficacious temple, and it is frequently thronged with people praying for help and seeking divine guidance by consulting oracle blocks. Even the pedestrian underpass outside the temple is filled with fortune-tellers and vendors who take commercial advantage of the temple's popularity.
No. 109, Sec. 2, Minchiuan E. Rd., Jungshan Chiu, Taipei
Public: By Bus: 5, 49, 63, 214, 225, 277, 285, 502, 505, 617 to Sungchiang Minchuan Stop.