The Taipei Botanical Garden (台北植物園) is an 8 hectare garden in central Taipei that houses a collection of over 2000 species of plants. It was an important site of study and research during the Japanese colonial times, with plants introduced into the garden from across Asia. It also contains two two buildings from the era that have been officially listed as historical structures.
There’s quite a lot to see in the Taipei Botanical Garden, and not really any predefined path, so visitors should just take a random stroll and head anywhere that looks of interest. The garden is divided into different areas, each with its own theme, such as the Chinese Zodiac Garden, Lotus Pond, Succulent Plants Garden and the Ethno-Plants Garden.
It’s not really one of the city’s top attractions, so the garden is mainly frequented by locals hoping to take a relaxing walk or escape the afternoon heat under the shade. The garden is therefore a lovely way to see locals in everyday life.
How to get there
The nearest Taipei Metro station is Xiaonanmen on the green line. Walk down to the left from exit 3 and you’ll reach the garden in a few minutes. Xiaonanmen Station can be easily reached from Beimen Station, near Taipei Station (4 minutes, NT$20). There is also a YouBike bicycle rental station near the south entrance, as well as some near Xiaonanmen Station.
Hours and fees
Hours: 5:30am to 10pm
Official website: tpbg.tfri.gov.tw