Taipei's Origin & Longshan Temple - Taiwan Cultural Free Walking Tour

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on April 27, 2018

We are a group of adventure-seeking, fun-loving, easy-going travellers from Taiwan who want to share one of the greatest cities in the world! So step out and come hang! TourMeAway is an organization that provides entertaining & informative free walking tours in Taipei city every day by young & passionate local tour guides. Tours include the fundamental historical tour, the relaxing chill-out tour, and the mysterious temple tour. Last but not least, the pub crawl and night market tour allows you to enjoy the nightlife of Taipei with the cool and fun locals. TourMeAway, is a fun way to travel to Taipei.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Uncover the essence of Taiwanese culture at Taipei's ancient Longshan Temple, a 300-year-old treasure nestled in the heart of the city's oldest district. Dive deep into the beginning of Taipei, the true Taiwanese way of life, the captivating tales of our folk gods, and their role in shaping the lives of Taiwanese believers.

Dive into the rich fabric of Taiwanese culture and history. Discover how our ancestors thrived in Taiwan and how they treated illnesses without doctors. Looking for a bit of extra luck? Longshan Temple, filled with colorful dragons, is home to over 100 folk gods who oversee everything from the sea to battles. Share your wishes with gods like Wenchang Dijun, known for helping with learning, and the Old Man Under the Moon, who brings couples together. Our guide will show you how to throw 'moonstones' and interpret messages from the heavens. Get your fortune read and learn about the temple's long history and the traditions of Buddhism and Taoism that have made it a beloved place for centuries.

Join us for an unforgettable journey as we discover the authentic spirit of Taiwan.

Major Stops:

Mengxia Park

Bopiliao Historical Block

Herbal Alley

Longshan Temple

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    No. 153號, Section 1, Xiyuan Rd, Wanhu...
    No. 153號, Section 1, Xiyuan Rd, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
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    Tour guide with an orange badge. Longshan Temple MRT Station Exit No.1

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Longshan Temple Station

    We will meet at Exit 1 street level.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Bangka Park

    Overview of the area, how Taipei started from here, the history, and the compass.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Bopiliao Historical Block
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Monga Dizang Temple
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Herb Lane
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Longshan Temple

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Serena 12 Apr 2024
Jersey City

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
What great tour! It’s perfect for solo travelers looking to meet other solo travelers. The guide was super knowledgeable. I learned so much!
Thomas 31 Mar 2024

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Travelled in family - Mar 2024
The best part about this tour is visiting the Longshan Temple and getting to learn about the rituals and beliefs of the Taiwanese and walked is through how to participate. We also enjoyed trying the herbal teas! The other your locations were okay and could likely be shortened. We would have loved to spend more time in the Herbal already to learn more about them and their significance in the culture. It was unfortunate that we got caught in a storm with heavy winds, rain, and lightning but our guide pushed through and improvised by stopping by a nearby convenience store for some plastic ponchos/umbrellas which was much appreciated!
Joseph G 12 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Our tour guide Bridget combined her local knowledge with interesting History and culture of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Taipei; great tour; including sampling some tea in an alley behind the Temple; we also learned some basics about how to approach and appreciate a temple visit !
Kira 08 Mar 2024

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
This was a great tour! We learned a lot about the temple and its history as well as the traditional religious customs. The most fun part was to ask the gods a question and then receive an answer through a sort of oracle. Also the temple is super beautiful at night with all the lights. Definitely recommend this tour.
Tommaso 19 Feb 2024
Lignano Sabbiadoro

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2024
great experience, recommend it if you want a glimpse of old Taipei
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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