“The Museum of World Religions belongs to all faiths. Its founding is inspiring and encouraging interfaith dialogue so that we all work together to create peace and understanding in the world we share.”
Though founded by a Buddhist order, this museum aims not to promote Buddhism, but to build harmony by showing the communality of all religions. Highlights include detailed scale models of the world’s great religious holy sites such as Islam’s Dome of the Rock, Sikhism’s Golden Temple and Christianity’s Chartres Cathedral; remarkably, the insides of these models can be viewed via tiny cameras.
The museum also features riveting multimedia presentations, reflection-inducing exhibits such as the Hall of Life’s Journey, a meditation room and a Kid’s Land. Signage in English is mostly good and there’s a recorded English audio tour available for NT$50. The cafeteria (open from 11am to 8pm, Tuesday to Sunday) serves good vegetarian food.
To get to the museum, take Yongan Market MRT Exit B, turn right and go straight. Turn left at Yongzhen Rd, walk to Zhongshan Rd, then turn left here and look for the museum at the edge of a department store. Or go to Dingxi MRT station and take the Pacific Department Store shuttle bus (from 11am it departs every 15 minutes).
Taiwan has many different religions, in this museum you can learn deeply about religions from all over the world. Maybe you will find your own belief here.
Museum of World Religions
[世界宗教博物館/Shìjiè zōngjiào bówùguǎn]
-Located in: Northern Taiwan
-County: New Taipei City
-Features: Historical Site, Museum, Religions
-Highly recommend to: History Buffs, Believers
-Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00 (Closed on Mondays, and Chinese New Year’s Eve to Chinese January 5th)
-Website: Museum of World Religions
-Address: 7F., No.236, Sec. 1, Zhongshan Rd., Yonghe Dist., New Taipei City, Taiwan
- Take bus No. 706, No.297, No. 51, Sub 275 to the bus stop of Baosheng. then walk to the museum.
- Alternatively, take bus No. 243 to Renai Park, walk southwards to Baosheng Rd. then turn left; a journey of ten minutes.
- Take the MRT Zhonghe line to Dingxi Station, then :
- Take buses No.706, No.297, No.243, Sub275, No.51 as above.
- Walk to the museum, a journey of 15-20 minutes.
- Take Pacific Department Store shuttle bus from 11:00 am, each 15 minutes.