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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Tamsui

Yinshan Temple

This dainty two-hall temple was constructed in 1822 by Hakka immigrants from Dingzhou in Guangdong province. The resident deity, the Dingguang Buddha (the guardian of Dingzhou), is only worshipped by the Hakka and o…
Top Choice Fort in Tamsui

Hobe Fort

About 1km beyond Fort San Domingo on Zhongzheng Rd is the turn-off for Hobe Fort, built in 1886 when then governor Liu Ming-chuan was attempting to shore up Taiwan's defences to protect it against foreign invaders. …
Historic Building in Tamsui

Aletheia University

At the end of Zhenli St is Aletheia University, the first Western university in Taiwan, founded by George Leslie Mackay. The university's original building, Oxford College, was built in 1882 and fronts a Chinese-sty…
Buddhist Temple in Tamsui

Longshan Temple

Longshan Temple is one of five Longshans in Taipei, and as such is devoted to the Guanyin Buddha. Built in 1738 and then rebuilt in the 1850s, the temple retains much of its southern architectural roots. The swallow…
Fort in Tamsui

Fort San Domingo

Tamsui's most famous sight is Fort San Domingo. The original fort, built in 1628 during the Spanish occupation of Taiwan (1626–41), was dismantled by the Spanish before they left. The 13m-high structure seen today i…
Historic Site in Tamsui

Tamsui Arts & Cultural Park

This handsome and serene collection of old brick warehouses, just behind Tamsui MRT on the riverside, was once the Shell Tamsui Warehouse: as in Royal Dutch Shell, that is. The oil company leased the land in 1897 an…
Historic Building in Tamsui

Tamsui Customs Officer's Residence

Tamsui Customs Officer's Residence was constructed in 1869 after Taiwan was forced open to foreign trade by China's defeat in the Second Opium War (1856–60). This colonial-style bungalow, raised to allow humidity to…
Chinese in Tamsui

Red Castle 1899

This Victorian-style building is an architectural landmark in Tamsui, and was built between 1895 and 1899. Beautifully restored and reborn as a swank eatery, Red Castle serves both Western and Chinese dishes. To fin…
Historic Building in Tamsui

Tamsui Customs Wharf

The buildings here date back to the 1860s and 1870s and include former wharf offices, a warehouse and military barracks. The slabs of the wharf itself were quarried from Guanyin Mountain. The interior is used for ar…
Bar in Tamsui

Yi Fang

If you want to get away from the crowds, this lovely restaurant-bar in a heritage building at the rear of Tamsui Arts & Cultural Park has fresh German beer on tap and a cute beer garden out back with chilled riv…