Not many know that in the middle of Asia's busiest city, Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, there are many tourist destinations that are friendly to Muslim tourists. One of them is the Discovery Center of Taipei. As you can see, it can be guessed that this destination offers educational tours to get to know Taipei's historical and cultural journey.
As a tourist attraction that is friendly to Muslim tourists, the Discovery Center of Taipei has prayer facilities, complete with an ablution area to clean yourself before prayers. This area of ablution has also been separated between men's and women's areas.
Inside the prayer room, there is a clear Qibla direction for visitors who want to pray. This area is also regularly cleaned to maintain cleanliness and comfort while performing prayers. However, the management does not provide prayer mats and prayer mats for visitors. So, if you want to perform your prayers at the Discovery Center of Taipei, do bring one of your own.
The Discovery Center of Taipei is similar to a museum located in Xinyi District, Taipei. Entry into the museum is free of charge. However, the management still requires visitors to register in order to enter the museum. These conditions, among others, are required to show proof of identity in order to register.
After all these processes have been passed, then visitors can explore this four-story building. The adventure can be started from the second floor which is a special exhibition area. If lucky, visitors can see the works of famous Taipei artists being exhibited there.
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Moving on to the third floor, visitors will be treated to the history of transportation, culture, and customs of the people of Taipei. Here, visitors will be invited to understand the city of Taipei. So in-depth that it will feel as if you are actually visiting each district. This area is a favorite area for the younger ones because of the many interactive games that aren't only entertaining but also very informational in introducing Taipei.
Several foreign visitors who have visited the Discovery Center of Taipei mentioned, the fourth floor is their favorite place. On the fourth floor, the top floor, there is an auditorium theater that displays Taipei city on a 360-degree screen, all over. Uniquely, the audience area in this theater can rotate 360 degrees.
As spectators, visitors just need to sit on the benches that have been served. When a short film about Taipei's history is shown, the audience seats will also be played slowly. That way the audience will feel the sensation of watching that is different from the cinema in general. In this theater, there are often interesting shows for the people of Taipei, not only about history.
If visitors are really interested in digging more into Taipei's history, this fourth floor is a great choice. There are many dioramas here that show the history of the Taipei civilization that is thousands of years old. Just like museums in general, visitors can see these dioramas from behind the glass. Dioramas with each other are presented beautifully with advanced storylines, in tune with the development of the century.
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The Discovery Center of Taipei is located at 1st City Hall Road, Xinyi District, Taipei. Its location in the middle of the city makes it very easy to access. Tourists can access it via the MRT Taipei City Hall. If tourists prefer to take the bus mode of transportation, visitors can get off directly at the Taipei City Hall or Taipei Government Hall stop and just walk less than ten minutes to the location. However, keep in mind that the museum is closed on Mondays and public holidays.
One of the recommended Halal restaurants is Delhi X Press Morocco which is located at B2F, 8th Food Court, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi. The restaurant, which is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., offers halal Indian food such as lamb curry, biryani rice, tandoori chicken, and naan bread.
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Apart from the Delhi X Press Morocco, Muslim visitors are pampered by the variety of culinary delights that exist within the Xinyi District. Called Khana Khazana, a restaurant that also serves Indian specialties.
Therefore, if you want to get to know Taipei more closely, visiting the Discovery Center of Taipei is the right choice. Apart from being in the city center, you can enjoy halal culinary tours, this location has also been listed in the CrescentRating as a Muslim-friendly tourist attraction.
The facilities that are owned are also very complete, including free WiFi for visitors, friendly for children so that it is right for family tourists, and there is secure vehicle parking available. The Discovery Center of Taipei also ensures friendly access for travelers with disabilities.