Hugging a curve in the Xindian River, Yonghe District is the smallest district in New Taipei City and is famed throughout Taiwan for its production of soy milk. Despite being one of the most densely populated urban areas in the world, it’s home to riverside parks and a fascinating museum dedicated to world religions.
Things to do in Yonghe District
One of Yonghe District’s most popular green spaces is Yonghequren'ai Park, which features a range of fitness equipment, children’s playgrounds and plenty of benches for watching the world go by. It lies a short stroll from Yonghelubaoshi Riverside Park, where you can stretch your legs or rent a bike to explore the waterfront trails.
Want to journey around the globe? Don’t miss a visit to the Museum of World Religions, which was founded in 2001 by the Buddhist monk Hsin Tao. It occupies an impressive building designed by the renowned American museum architect Ralph Appelbaum Associates. Learn about the spiritual teachings of different faiths along the 63-metre-long Pilgrims' Way and visit the Meditation Gallery, then get up close to models of some of the greatest sacred buildings around the world.
Once the sun goes down, head to the Lehua Night Market to feast on authentic Taiwanese snacks, such as oyster omelettes and meat stew. In addition to food, you can find clothing and accessories stalls, as well as entertainment facilities such as claw machines and a karaoke lounge.
Getting around Yonghe District
Yonghe District is around 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of New Taipei City and 45 minutes from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Regular trains connect to the Yongan Market and Dingxi subway stations while buses travel throughout Yonghe District. Most of Yonghe District’s attractions are within walking distance of a subway station.