Taiwan is a Chinese-majority country where most of its people are Buddhists or Christians. But one well-known place of worship is the Taipei Grand Mosque, situated in the Da’an district.
The mosque was built in the 1960s and is the largest in Taiwan, with a total area of 2,747 sq m. In 1999, it was officially named one of the historical landmarks of the city.
Next to the Grand Mosque stands a church, in a display of religious harmony evident in the country.
To get to Taipei Grand Mosque, take the MRT and alight at Da’an Park station. Check the signs to ensure which exit to use and walk into the park following the main trail. The mosque is a seven-minute walk away from the station and can’t be missed.
The main prayer hall is simple – a minimalist concept that makes this mosque feel ‘real’, despite being a popular tourist attraction. Worshippers at the mosque include people of various ethnicities.
If you are hungry after visiting the mosque, there are halal food options close by, including The Royal Cafe and Restaurant, which serves Indonesian food.
By: Kaki Jalans