If you’re a lover of all things flora, the Taipei Botanical Garden is a great place to stroll around and enjoy the many species of plants here.
At over 8 hectares, the garden also features a large Lotus Pond and two museums, one of which is also a heritage building. The National Museum of History is also right next to the garden although this is currently closed (until late 2020 I believe).
The Taipei Botanical Garden is divided into over 20 different sections, most of which will group plants of the same type or habitat. These include:
- Australian Flora
Pathways have been well designed, with many taking you right into the heart of the trees or plants.
The large Lotus Pond in the south-west corner of the garden is arguably the most beautiful area. Although the lotuses weren’t in flower during my visit, it still looked quite exquisite. If you come during June or July when they are in full bloom, I’m sure it would spectacular.
The Succulents area is another great section, with many different species surrounded by small streams. The small greenhouse next to this was unfortunately closed during my visit however.
The Ferns section adjacent to the succulents will allow you the get up-close-and-personal with the plants, with the paths weaving directly between them.
The Taipei climate is perfect for bamboos and palms, and there are many species of each to be found at the Taipei Botanical Garden.
Almost all of the plants are labelled with descriptions. A very neat feature is they’ll label the plants which are currently ‘at their best’. If you want to find out which flowers are currently in bloom at the garden, you can visit this website.
The main greenhouse is located next to the crops and forest foods was also closed during my visit. In fact, all the greenhouses here were.
There are two museums found in the Taipei Botanical Garden. The Herbarium and the Guest House of Imperial Envoys.
The former is a small museum that details the “Taiwan Plant Investigation Project”, which aimed to collect, identify and preserve many different species of Taiwanese flora. It was the first project of its kind in Taiwan.
The Guest House of Imperial Envoys is a Qing Dynasty heritage building. Built in 1894 and originally located about half a kilometre north of here, it was the Governor’s Office until the current Presidential Office was built in 1919.
The Taipei Botanical Garden has many other sections not detailed here. If you enjoy walking and plants, this is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours.
Just don’t forget to take some mosquito spray with you!
- Beautiful gardens
- Usually quiet
- Mosquitoes galore
- Greenhouse were all closed during my visit
05:30 – 22:00
Guest House of Imperial Envoys & Herbarium
09:30 – 16:30
Mosquito spray is a must!
If you’re here in June or July, the lotus flowers will be in full bloom.
Taipei Botanical Garden Location
Closest MRT: Xiaonanmen (green line – exit 3)
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