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Nishi Honganji Square 西本願寺廣場

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Wednesday:open 24 hours




Located at the intersection of Zhonghua Road and Changsha Street in southern Ximending, a busy shopping district catering to young shoppers, Wanhua Plaza No. 406 occupies what used to be Nishi Honganji, a Japanese temple formally named “The Taiwanese Branch of Jodo Shinshu Honganji School.” Jointly constructed by Japanese and Taiwanese Buddhists from 1904 to 1912, this authentic Japanese-style building complex housed the Taiwanese chapter of a Shin, or Pure Land, Buddhism subgroup with most of its structures — the main hall, mausoleum, monks’ living quarters called “Kuri” and bell tower — designed in a Buddhist eclectic motif prevalent in 18th and 19th century Japan. The Rinbansho (quarters of a head priest), nevertheless, is a traditional Japanese residential structure and the Shuxin Hall (a.k.a., Tree Heart Hall) a modernist mix of bricks, European log cabins and Japanese roofing. 
A series of government efforts have been made to renovate and reuse the culturally, historically and architecturally significant Nishi Honganji complex. Among others, the Nishi Honganji Square is transformed into an urban attraction and extension of the fashion-forward, buzzing Ximen neighborhood that lure shoppers to moments of nostalgia and memories, in hopes of bringing crowds back to the once-thriving Monga and recreating the area's former successes by attracting business interests. 


Historic Sites Religious Venues Public Art
Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
No. 176-No. 243, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

Opening Hours

Sunday open 24 hours
Monday open 24 hours
Tuesday open 24 hours
Wednesday open 24 hours
Thursday open 24 hours
Friday open 24 hours
Saturday open 24 hours

Services & Facilities

  • Toilets


Nearby MRT

G Songshan-Xindian Line Ximen

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  3. 17 Average
  4. 21 Very good
  5. 8 Excellent

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  1. 5 Families
  2. 10 Couples
  3. 18 Solo
  4. 0 Business
  5. 9 Friends
  • Jurgen B

    Bruselas, Bélgica

    Traveler type:

    En pareja

    Superb tea house


    on this square there is not too much of interest but the teahouse feels like real japan (yes, i have been there) and is great!
  • DauphinJonas

    Makati, Filipinas

    Traveler type:

    Con amigos

    Quiet park


    Nice stairs to take pictures , nice small Japanese architeture and a cafe. a few steps from Ximen exit 1.
  • shuyim1

    Traveler type:

    En pareja

    Serene Park at Ximen MRT


    It’s a serene green area integrating the restored remains of a Japanese Buddhist temple. Good for a nice stroll after your get out of Ximen MRT before heading off to the bustling Ximemgting night market.
  • Oldjack

    Greater Melbourne, Australia

    Traveler type:

    En pareja

    Interesting Temple Remains


    This was an interesting Japanese style area with the remains of the temple which was once the largest Japanese Buddhist monastery in Taipei. It is an open area with a number of buildings and worth a visit if you are passing by.
  • Simon Y

    Hong Kong, China

    Traveler type:

    En pareja

    Not a must-go place


    The Square is nearby Ximen MRT Station. This is a historical site showing the restored Japanese style buildings and is surrounded by tall buildings nearby. The Square is well maintained, calm and quiet, with very few visitors. During our visit there was an exhibition on the history of Taiwanese movies in the main building and it’s free for entrance. The exhibits were fairly simple and not many. It was a sunny humid day and we felt very hot and sweat through as there was little shade in the Square, except inside the main building where there was air conditioning! There was a small tea house serving Japanese tea (the Rinbansyo) in the Square. Apparently this is not a must-go sightseeing spot but perhaps good for those who are fond of Japanese architecture, or for those have plenty of time to get a place for brief stay.

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