Sea-side District of Tamsui, Taipei, Taiwan


Despite the over-whelming urge to stay indoor and avoid the sticky feeling of Taipei summer, I pushed thru with my plans and visited the sea-side town of Tamsui.

There are number of reason why Tamsui is often included as a must do day trip out of central Taipei. Apart from the easy access via MRT,to summarize, the main tourist draw of Tamsui is the view of the river, the mountain ranges from afar and if you are lucky, maybe a spot under a shade of tree for some quiet time.
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf

The pedestrian shopping area by the riverbank known as the Old Street(Gongming Street) is usually the most crowded part of Tamsui. As the name suggest, the buildings along the street are preserved infrastructure, with some of them dating back the Spanish-Dutch colonial era. Nowadays, the Old street is a popular place to samples Taiwanese sweets and snacks.
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf

If you ask me, the real charm of Tamsui lies at the parallel street across the waterfront area, where the magnificent wall ornaments and red-gold color dominated designs of two temples situated on the same roadside- Tamsui Longshan Temple & Tamsui Fuyou Temple can be found.
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf

The Tamsui Fuyou Temple is consider as the oldest temple in the district. Built by the town fishermen in 1796, the temple is dedicated to the goddess of the sea- Matsu.
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf

Several souvenir shop can be found on the same street, particularly if you like display figurines of dragons and shaolin kids and some signature delicacies.
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf

Walking further down the street is the Art Village, marked by a head statue at the small intersection park.
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf

Tamsui is synonymous to the idea of a couple’s date, with the Fisherman’s Wharf as the main destination, sunset as the most recommended time and the aptly name and decorated Lover’s Bridge as the most favored spot.
damsui/fisherman's warf

But aside from that, there is nothing much to do but walk around and admire the clear sky, the architecture of nearby hotel and the boats at the docking station.
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf
damsui/fisherman's warf

Another option is to visit the wharf at night for a more comfortable stroll, just when the Lover’s Bridge is beautifully illuminated.

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17 thoughts on “Sea-side District of Tamsui, Taipei, Taiwan

  1. Excellent post,the pictures embody the beautiful culture of Taipei.l enjoyed the post.jalal

  2. Gorgeous shots! Of all the things to notice, though, I cannot get over those pictures of the ice cream on the stand! (One-track mind…)

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