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Kaohsiung Masjid No.11, Jianjiun Rd Kaohsiung 912 Taiwan
All prayers including formal jum'a
Located off the coast of southeastern mainland China is the beautiful island of Taiwan. Known for its rich and diverse heritage, culture and traditions, as well as for its incredibly breathtaking landscape, stunning beaches, the friendliness of its people, magnificent mountains, numerous renowned attractions, night markets and more, this green island definitely has something for everyone. The island province of Taiwan is therefore probably one of the best destinations in the world for a family getaway. Taiwan's great natural assets also include Yu Mountain, which is Northeast Asia's tallest mountain. Taiwan’s population is mainly made up of Buddhists, Confucians, and Taoists. Muslim visitors must therefore be aware that finding Muslim-friendly facilities in Taiwan will not be that easy. Islam is however a growing religion in Taiwan, which means mosques and Halal restaurants are popping up around the island, slowly but surely. Taiwan and its natural beauty are world renowned. With around 9 national parks and 13 national scenic areas finding their home on the island, those looking to relax and explore will find this to be the ideal destination. Visitors must make it a point to pay a visit to Torko Gorge and take a walk along the Tunnel of Nine Turns, which is said to offer breathtaking, dramatic views of the entire valley. Also a must is a ride on the Alishan Forest Railway, a stroll down Ximending Walking Street, a visit to Kenting National Park, pictures at the Sun Moon Lake, exploring the East Rift Valley, a visit to Taipei 101, and a hike to the summit of Yu Mountain. Also located in Taiwan, in the outskirts of Taipei City is the National Palace Museum. This museum houses over 650,000 priceless artifacts and artwork, which is the largest collection in the world. It is a fantastic place for those looking to experience Chinese culture and to learn more about its history. A trip to Taiwan is certainly not complete without a visit to one of its many popular night markets. It is a true taste of Chinese culture that must not be missed. The island is in fact said to have over 300 night markets, which are great for tourists looking to try out some of the odd street food items Taiwan has to offer. Tourists will come across an assortment of snacks and specialty drinks; like delicious bubble tea, while here. Those feeling adventurous and looking for an authentic Taiwanese experience can nibble on oyster omelets and deep friend insects, which can be found at many of the stalls at the open-air bazaars. For the less-adventurous visitor, these night markets also offer more familiar dishes, along with stalls selling a fantastic collection of unusual ornaments and souvenir. Some of the most popular night markets include; the Hwahsi Street Night Market, the Tainan Flower Night Market, the Luodong Night Market and the Fengjia Night Market. Muslim tourists will be able to find Halal food in Taiwan, especially in the city of Taipei. It is however always best to double check before dining anywhere. Taiwan is also one of the world's most vegetarian-friendly destinations, so when in doubt and when unable to locate a proper Halal restaurant, Muslim tourists can also try out the island’s delicious vegetarian fare. Most night markets will also have stalls selling fresh seafood dishes, which are ideal for Muslim tourists unsure about the availability of Halal food at the other stalls or restaurants. Because of its growing Muslim population, Muslim visitors will also be able to locate mosques in Taiwan. The Taipei Grand Mosque is the most notable mosque in Taiwan and is also the oldest and largest mosque on the island. The Kaohsiung Mosque, the Taipei Cultural Mosque, the Taichung Mosque, the Longgang Mosque, the At-Taqwa Mosque and the Tainan Mosque are a few other masjids in Taiwan. With a collection of historical, cultural, natural and modern sights, we don’t need to tell you why we think Taiwan should be on every individual’s bucket list. So what are you waiting for? Head over to our site and get all the information you’ll ever need to travel to Taiwan! ...
The history of Islam in Taiwan dates back to around the 17th century. The country is home to a small Muslim population and travellers to Taiwan will be able to find sufficient facilities including quite a few mosques. Read on for more information about mosques in Taiwan. Islam first arrived in Taiwan when the Kingdom of Tungning was established in Taiwan by the Ming Chinese military leader Koxinga along with Muslim families from the Chinese province of Fujian. These Muslim families are believed to be the first Muslim settlers in Taiwan and their descendants later grew into Taiwanese society and became a part of modern Taiwan over time. At present Taiwan is home to over 60,000 Muslims, with Islam being a growing religion in the country. The country is also home to a very large number of employed foreign Muslims from South East Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines. Taiwan is home to a total of seven prominent mosques that cater to the sizable Muslim community residing in the country - Taipei Grand Mosque, Kaohsiung Mosque, Taipei Cultural Mosque, Taichung Mosque, Longgang Mosque, Tainan Mosque and At-Taqwa Mosque. The Taipei Grand Mosque is the oldest and most prominent mosque in the country. It was established in 1947 and is considered to be a historic landmark. The mosque is located in the Da'an district of Taipei City and can accommodate up to 1,000 worshippers during prayer times. Its building structure is noted for its Arabic architecture and it offers a prayer hall as well as a reception hall, administrative offices, ablution rooms and a library. The second oldest mosque in Taiwan is the Kaohsiung Mosque located in Lingya, Kaohsiung City. Built in 1949, the Kaohsiung Mosque can be accessed from the Weiwuying Station of Kaohsiung MRT. The building covers an area of over 2,500 square metres and features prayer halls, nooks, corners and components that reflect Middle Eastern architectural elements. Taipei Cultural Mosque located in Zhongzheng, Taipei City, was established in 1950 and is owned by the Chinese Islamic Youth Association - an organisation of Chinese Muslims in Taiwan. It is considered to be a 'civilian mosque' and features a 5 storey building offering prayer facilities to the Muslim community in the area. The Taichung Mosque and Longgang Mosque are located in Nantun, Taichung City and Zhongli, Taoyuan County respectively and are amongst the prominent mosques in Taiwan. Both mosques offer ample facilities for worshippers during prayer times and are also host to many religious activities and events. Other mosques that Muslim travellers can visit in Taiwan are the Tainan Mosque - located in East, Tainan City - and the At-Taqwa Mosque - located in Dayuan, Taoyuan County. They are two of the more recent mosques to have been built and see many worshippers during prayer times. Plans are also underway to construct more mosques across the country to cater to the increasing number of Muslim inhabitants in Taiwan....