Museum Of World Religions

Museum Of World Religions, Yonghe: Hours, Address, Museum Of World Religions Reviews: 4/5

Museum Of World Religions
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Banqiao / Zhonghe / Yonghe District
Banqiao district is the center of administration, shopping and transportation of New Taipei City, encompassing shopping, tasting local snacks, and experiencing traditional and night markets. Here is also the first choice of Christmas celebration in Taiwan- Christmasland in New Taipei City. Within this modern complex, a garden architecture full of Chinese tradition “the Lin Family Mansion and Garden” is hidden, complete with attics, pavilions and artificial mountains and fountains. Zhonghe and Yonghe not only have world class soybean milk, but also have places with a rather artistic lifestyle. Near MRT Yongan Market Station, there is the only old document repair book hospital in Taiwan - the National Taiwan Library Book Hospital bookbinding room. It has been here since Taisho year 4 of the Japanese occupation, which is extremely rare! In addition, the tiny crisscrossing streets of these two cultural districts still holds many interesting bookstores waiting for your discovery.
How to get there
  • Yongan Market • 9 min walk
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Paolo Jose Cruz
Pasig, Philippines123 contributions
Mar 2011 • Couples
Even as a self-confessed agnostic, I was both awed and fascinated by the diverse range of beliefs represented at the Museum of World Religions.

The upper level of the Museum is organized by religion, with most of the world's major faiths being represented. In real terms, this means replicas of holy symbols, religious relics, and impressively detailed scale models of places of worship -- some of which can be explored by navigating a microcamera inside. All of these are put into context by informative (if somewhat pithy) blurbs. Printed info-sheets provide greater detail, for those willing to carry them home, for later reading.

This area offers insights into a few active religious practices that may seem marginal or genuinely unfamiliar to those living in East/Southeast Asia -- for exmple, Day of the Dead skeletons are used to exemplify Central American folk animism. Elsewhere, a presentation on Mayan spirituality clarifies the origins of the 2012 end-of-the-world belief.

The lower levels are themed according to various life-stages, depicting a comparative approach toward the rites and beliefs associated with birth, coming of age, marriage, and sweet, inevitable death. There are also separate rooms dedicated to various forms of prayer and meditation.

The overall approach is as much cultural as it is spiritual; it emphasizes why a community might opt to adapt a particular set of beliefs, for sociological purposes as much as theistic ones. And I think it makes the "less-rational" aspects easier to understand and even appreciate.

The sensor-activated audio guide seemed like a nice bonus -- if you can afford the deposit. But it was sometimes confusing to figure out how to activate particular clips, and I eventually just settled on reading the signs accompanying the various displays.

In an era of intense struggle between followers of different creeds -- religious and otherwise -- such a well-curated and broad-ranging Musuem seems like a vital contribution toward greater understanding. (And right in the middle of a suburban shopping complex too!)
Written September 1, 2011
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lgppres
New York452 contributions
Apr 2012 • Business
This is a must if you have any interest in the meaning and definitions of religion.
Written April 22, 2012
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dharmatraveller_sg
Singapore, Singapore33 contributions
Oct 2013 • Family
*Entrance fee is NT 150 if I am not wrong. Not sure about kid's price.
*Nearest metro is Dingxi Metro but you have to transfer a bus to get there. I got there by car so I can't advise further.
*There is a A4 paper brochure to explain each religion on display. I took them all and still enjoy reading more.
*They don't allow flash photography but I am not sure why because people will not be able to say good things on internet about them to visit them.
*The highlight is the globe-like thingy where you sit inside to understand the main message of the musuem.
*I happen to meet a school of rowdy children and their teachers so they sent a few narrators for this school. We ran into one of these narrators who explained patiently the exhibits to us where we have them to ourselves the whole morning. We went Yangmingshan NPark in the afternoon onwards...
Written November 23, 2013
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Jo-of-Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia22 contributions
Mar 2012 • Solo
I visited a couple of years ago, planning to spend an hour or so, but stayed the afternoon and even then only scratched the surface. You enter through the "Pilgrims' Way" to the Golden Lobby with its cosmograph, then on to the Great Hall of World Religions (and that's the short version). Wonderful displays with some real treasures representative of the major (10 + 1) faiths, copious information, too little time to absorb and contemplate.

I purchased an English language booklet as I was leaving, and it has merely whetted my appetite to return. If/when I return to Taipei I shall break my visit across two days. Truly, it is worth the time if you are interested in faith, philosophy or comparative religion.

What astonished me was how few people were there - selfishly, that meant I had uninterrupted time to view each display however it does not do justice to this amazing body of thoughtfully presented material. South of the river the museum is not easy to find, especially as my guides to Taipei had two forms of the street name - Zhongshan and Jungshan (I've since seen others). Signage is almost non-existent and it is in an unremarkable office building, on the 7th & 8th floors.
Written February 26, 2013
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Yang C
Melbourne, Australia10 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
I found the museum spontaneously as I stayed around the area when I was in Taipei. The concept of a museum dedicated to some of the largest religions in the world was intriguing, and especially the sense that it attempts to educate and bring people from different religions together.

The execution was interesting and for the most part, quite comprehensive. However, many of the detailed information on each major religion were only available in Chinese and not English. That said, you will learn a lot about the different religions of the world and how they underlie many cultures today.

Recommended to spend at least 2 hours to really absorb and learn.
Written January 21, 2019
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Leon B
Haifa, Hefa, Israel169 contributions
May 2013 • Family
This museum is one of its kind in the world and definitely worth a visit. It is especially eye opening for westerners who were only exposed to monotheistic religions and have an opportunity to widen their horizons and see there's a huge variety of cultures and religions around the world.
Written April 20, 2014
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Kalra_Bharat
New Delhi, India50 contributions
Dec 2013 • Business
Good place to see if you are interested to know about the History and culture. But may be not interesting place for the children
Written December 31, 2013
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woody_43925
Boulder, CO13 contributions
May 2011 • Solo
I accidently found the museum during my last day in Taipei. Wish I found it earlier. Would be worth a trip back. Trip was in late 1990's.
Written April 7, 2012
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Feb17
Toronto, Canada69 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
I like it so much!!! Worth spending time and just going through the process of enjoying the exhibit. I appreciated the details as well as the well-thought presentations. The part where you can meditate is an excellent idea. The only set back is the limited space. I find it so tight.
Written December 18, 2018
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GH88
Hong Kong, China38 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
I visited this museum due to the positive comments, but it really is overrated. There’s only 1.5 floors, about 10-15 display items per religion x 10 religions. The 1.5 floors including 2x10 min boring videos can be done in less than 2 hours, maybe 1 hour if faster pace. Granted, the display items were nice but the descriptions were minimal (btw only in Chinese). Ticket was NTD150, which is higher than most other small sized museums. NTD100 for audio guide and NTD50+ for supplementary exhibits. Just want to manage your expectations before going.
Written December 10, 2017
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