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The Xinzhuang Temple Street Business Circle

The Xinzhuang Temple Street Business Circle

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Updates : 2023-12-22
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Travel tips

  • An array of sails harbor in Xinzhuang Port, and a thousand lights illuminate the streets of the bustling city
  • Walk into the ancient temples on the old street for worship and prayers
  • Savor the signature dessert of the old street at a hundred-year-old bakery – rye bread
  • Visit Crescent Bridge on the way and take a walk along the banks of the Dahan River.

Introduction

The word “Xinzhuang” is formed by two words “Xin-Zhuang”, representing “the emerging neighborhood”. The history of the Xinzhuang Temple Street can be traced back to the late Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty, which is more than three hundred years ago. Xinzhuang is the earliest developed village within the Taipei Basin. Benefiting from the convenient shipping system of the Tamsui River, Xinzhuang was once among the top three prosperous cities in Taiwan, known for its reputation as "an array of sails harbor in Xinzhuang Port, and a thousand lights illuminate the streets of the bustling city". As migrants from various places came to Xinzhuang with their hometown beliefs to seek a livelihood, Xinzhuang has become an area with the highest concentration of temples over a hundred years old among the old streets of New Taipei City. This is the reason why this place is called the “Xinzhuang Temple Street”.
The Xinzhuang Temple Street Business Circle

The old street guarded by numerous gods
Guarded by numerous gods, the Xinzhuang Temple Street Business Circle features various ancient temples thriving with incense, witnessing the rise and fall of Xinzhuang over the past few centuries. It is also an important cultural heritage site of New Taipei City. Among the temples in this business circle, Guangfu Temple is designated as a national historic site, while Ciyou Temple, Wusheng Temple, and Wenchang Temple are designated as municipal historic sites. All of these temples serve as important centers of faith in Xinzhuang. Besides shopping, when you come to Xinzhuang, do not forget to visit  these temples, light incense, and pray for the well-being of your family and the peace and prosperity of the nation.
The Xinzhuang Temple Street Business Circle
The Xinzhuang Temple Street Business Circle

The aroma fills in the air in front of the temple
The historical allure of the Xinzhuang Temple Street Business Circle lies deep within its essence: the century-old alleys and shops, including the rice market street, theater alley, and blacksmith shop, exude the unique smells and sounds distinctive to this old street. At night, the Xinzhuang Temple Street Business Circle transforms into a bustling night market with stalls selling tantalizing foods such as spring rolls (Lumpia), Mongolian barbecue, pickled cucumber pork on rice, and red yeast rice meat ball (Bawan). With the wafting steam and aroma rising in front of this century-old temple, each food stall offers visitors enduring and delicious flavors that stand the test of time.
The Xinzhuang Temple Street Business Circle
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