The Taipei Botanical Garden is a large area of trees, bushes, paths, and ponds, and one of the best places for birdwatching in downtown Taipei. It is also an area used for research, conservation, and education. Nearby you can also find the Nanhai Academy and National Museum of History. It is definitely worth a visit on your next trip to Taipei.
The botanical garden was originally started in 1895 during the Japanese era to study local plants and was known as the Taipei Nursery, later the Taipei Experimental Forest, and finally the Botanical Garden.
During WWII, the area was bombed and some palm trees still have scars from bombing raids.
Later after the KMT took control of Taiwan, the garden was under the Forestry Bureau's jurisdiction, until 1999 when it was moved under the Agricultural Bureau.
Currently, the garden is a popular spot for local residents.
9:00 AM to 5 PM, closed Mondays
You can book a tour of Taipei on Tripadvisor here, KKday here or Klook here.
Hotels in Taipei:
We have stayed at and recommend the Yuanshan Grand Hotel, once the tallest building in Taiwan and still the most grand (book on Booking.com here, Tripadvisor here, or Agoda here).
We have stayed at and also recommend Fu Chang Hotel in Ximending, which is within walking distance of Ximending shopping district (book on Booking.com here, Tripadvisor here, or Agoda here).
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How to get there:
By MRT: The closest MRT station is Xiaonanmen Station, and is about a 10 minute walk from the museum. You can also book an MRT travel pass on Klook here.
By Car/Scooter: Driving or taking a scooter there can be hard because there is limited paid parking nearby. Looking for scooter rental in Taipei? You can search on Klook here or KKday here to search for options. You can also check out our scooter rental guide here.
If you are looking for car rentals, you can also search Qeeq here, Klook here, or KKday here. You can also check out our car rental guide here.
By Bicycle: Cycling is the best way to enjoy Taiwan's landscapes if you have the time and energy, however bikes are no allowed in the park. Looking for bicycle rentals in Taiwan? You can use Taiwan's many Youbike sharing stations, or search for rentals on KKday here, and search for tours on Klook here. You can also check out our Taiwan cycling guide here. You can also book a Sunset Riverside Bike Ride and Historical Tour, 4 Hour Cycling in Taipei, Ultimate 8-Hour Cycling City Tour, or Taipei City Bike Tour with Night Market Experience on TripAdvisor here.
For more information, check out our Taiwan transportation guide here.
The botanical garden is one of the most beautiful parks in Taipei. I highly recommend visiting if you are in the area.
We tried to enter from the south gate.
Map of the park.
Rules of the park.
We quickly found that bikes were not allowed here.
Also no pets.
Boardwalk inside the park.
More paths in the park.
Immersed in nature.
Palm trees along the path.
Another palm tree area.
Path among trees.
Lotus pond with Nanhai Academy and the Museum of History in the background.
Another view of the lotus pond.
A fish moved.
Old people in the park.
Notices for visitors.
Another path by the pond.
Vines hanging overhead.
Japanese era building in the park.
Another old Japanese house.
The Modern Art Center behind the garden.
National Museum of History.
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