With its breathtaking nature spots, bustling night markets and more, Taiwan is a destination that’s high on our bucket list! With an increasing number of halal food options, Taiwan is also the perfect spot for Muslim travellers. While Taiwan currently does not have a travel bubble with Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia, you can enjoy a fulfilling travel experience in Taiwan after the pandemic. We’ve got some good news! Taiwan’s capital, Taipei now has a Muslim-friendly guide that’ll make travelling easier for Muslims.
P.S. Looking for things to do in Taipei? Check out the Taipei City Tourism website!
What is the Taipei Muslim-Friendly Travel Guide?
The Taipei Muslim-Friendly Guide includes Muslim-friendly attractions, places of interest, hotels and restaurants. The Taipei City Government actively promotes the creation of Muslim-friendly establishments in Taipei City. So the next time you’re there, you won’t have to worry about finding prayer spaces or halal food.
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If you like nature landscapes or are interested in historical and cultural spots while travelling, Taipei has 3 tourist attractions that are certified as Muslim-friendly - Yangmingshan National Park, Guandu National Park and Bopiliao Historic District. This means that the attractions have prayer rooms, prayer mats, qibla direction and the toilets are equipped with cleansing facilities.
Yangmingshan, one of Taiwan’s nine national parks, is a popular nature getaway with various hiking and walking paths, mountains, lush greenery and hot springs. Guandu Nature Park is a low-lying nature reserve with freshwater ponds, rice paddies, wooden trails, bird-watching cabins and more. The Bopiliao Historic District is a neighbourhood that’s rich in local culture and has preserved buildings that are Instagram-worthy!
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Apart from attractions, 11 hotels have also been certified as Muslim-friendly, providing prayer mats, qibla direction, cleansing facilities in the toilets and some of them even provide halal breakfast! The best part is that there are different categories of hotels to suit your needs and budget. For younger travellers, you can find a list of youth hostels and backpacker dorms located near Taipei Main Station and the main shopping district of Ximending. If you’re travelling with family or in a group, you can even find hotels with hot springs near the Beitou Geothermal Valley located under Yangming Mountain. What’s more, many of these hotels are accessible via MRT, so they are really convenient to get to.
Besides information on Muslim-friendly amenities, the Taipei Muslim-friendly Guide also includes transportation guides, district maps and other handy information too. Download the guide here.
Halal food in Taipei
The next time you’re in Taipei, there’s also a wide range of halal cuisines to look forward to. From authentic Chinese beef noodles to vegetarian food, Middle Eastern cuisine or even Taiwanese shaved ice, there’s so much food you have to try! Check out this link for a directory of halal food in Taiwan.
If you’re already dreaming of your future trip, where better to go than Taiwan? Bookmark this to your list and let your travel buddies know! Check out the Taipei City Tourism website for more travel information in Taipei.
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