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The Xingtian Temple, commonly known as the Temple of the Benevolent Lord, is the main temple of Guan Gong in the greater Taipei area, and one of the most famous in Taiwan, attracting up to 10,000 visitors per day.
The Xingtian Temple is known for several characteristics: no donation box, no food offerings, no burning of ghost money, no acceptance of gold bars, no thanksgiving performances, no divination by dowsing rod, no external fund raising, and no commercial activity within the temple.
In addition to its many followers, its architecture and style attract quite many foreign many visitors. The many stalls and eateries around the temple are also worth trying.
Walking time: about 6 minutes
Distance: 500 meters
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Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park was established in 2011 at the former Songshan Tobacco Plant of the Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Bureau, no. 99th municipal monument. With its abundance of trees and a pretty lotus pond, the creative park is one of the largest green areas in downtown Taipei.
This “hotbed of creative Taipei” strives to nurture talent and creativity. Creative crafts, art, design here are all mixed with shops and galleries that reinforce one another.
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Treasure Hill International Artist Village
The original Treasure Hill Artist Village was facing demolition, when the Taipei Cultural Affairs Bureau included the place in its arts plan and supported its repurposing and reuse. The village is now an important creative base where artists connect and collaborate, with wonderful results. After a low tide, the village has acquired a stunning appearance and is alive and kicking like never before.
Dozens of artists reside here each year, and they have filled every nook and cranny of Treasure Hill with artistic surprises. So, whichever doorway you enter or whichever stairs you climb, there’s always something waiting to surprise or amuse you.
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Huashan Creative Park
Formerly known as the Japan Aromatic Wine Corporation, and later renamed Taiwan Province Tobacco and Wine Government Monopoly Bureau, Taipei First Winery, the plant relocated and at some point closed down, and slipped into obscurity. That was until in 1997 a group of artists rediscovered the place, fell in love with it, and set a foundation to seeking to reopen the building as a multifunctional art space. When eight years later its doors opened, the site was officially renamed Huashan 1914 Creative Park.
The park features a park, creative design studios, exhibition centers, and spaces for exchange and collaboration. Its goal is to strengthen Taiwan’s design scene and advance people’s sense of beauty.
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum is the largest museum in Taiwan, ranking as the world's seventh most popular art museum, boasting a rich collection of more than 650,000 world-famous treasures. The Jadeite Cabbage and the Meat-Shaped Stone are among the public’s favorites and pieces of masterful art indeed.
Building on its cultural and creative heritage, the National Palace Museum has developed a cultural and creative industrial park, which offers the public sophisticated design products inspired by the museum’s collection. This way art and life, and tradition and modernity blend and blossom.
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