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Nishi Honganji Square 西本願寺廣場

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Sunday:open 24 hours




Located at the intersection of Zhonghua Road and Changsha Street in southern Ximending, a busy shopping district catering to young shoppers, Wanhua Plaza No. 406 occupies what used to be Nishi Honganji, a Japanese temple formally named “The Taiwanese Branch of Jodo Shinshu Honganji School.” Jointly constructed by Japanese and Taiwanese Buddhists from 1904 to 1912, this authentic Japanese-style building complex housed the Taiwanese chapter of a Shin, or Pure Land, Buddhism subgroup with most of its structures — the main hall, mausoleum, monks’ living quarters called “Kuri” and bell tower — designed in a Buddhist eclectic motif prevalent in 18th and 19th century Japan. The Rinbansho (quarters of a head priest), nevertheless, is a traditional Japanese residential structure and the Shuxin Hall (a.k.a., Tree Heart Hall) a modernist mix of bricks, European log cabins and Japanese roofing. 
A series of government efforts have been made to renovate and reuse the culturally, historically and architecturally significant Nishi Honganji complex. Among others, the Nishi Honganji Square is transformed into an urban attraction and extension of the fashion-forward, buzzing Ximen neighborhood that lure shoppers to moments of nostalgia and memories, in hopes of bringing crowds back to the once-thriving Monga and recreating the area's former successes by attracting business interests. 


Historic Sites Religious Venues Public Art
Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
Phone Number
No. 176-No. 243, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

Opening Hours

Sunday open 24 hours
Monday open 24 hours
Tuesday open 24 hours
Wednesday open 24 hours
Thursday open 24 hours
Friday open 24 hours
Saturday open 24 hours

Services & Facilities

  • Toilets


Nearby MRT

G Songshan-Xindian Line Ximen

G Songshan-Xindian Line Xiaonanmen

BL Bannan Line Longshan Temple

R Tamsui-Xinyi Line NTU Hospital

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  • 619jeffry

    Essendon, Australia

    Japanese-era religious site


    Many secular buildings remain from the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945) but few religious buildings. Many shrines, such as the site where the Grand Hotel now sits, were demolished and put to other uses. The Xibenyuan Temple was once a monastery. It now has a shelter with a bell. The temple is now in Wanhua, in a square.
  • 619jeffry

    Essendon, Australia

    The remains of the Japanese empire


    Although many important buildings remain from the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945), most of the remains of Empire are secular, not religious. Xibenyuan is an exception; it includes the remains of a Japanese monastery, plus a Japanese tea house. Xibenyuan is an oasis of quiet in the frenetic Wanhua district. It's well worth a visit if you are seeking some peace and quiet.
  • Jurgen B

    Bruselas, Bélgica

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    En pareja

    Superb tea house


    on this square there is not too much of interest but the teahouse feels like real japan (yes, i have been there) and is great!
  • DauphinJonas

    Makati, Filipinas

    Traveler type:

    Con amigos

    Quiet park


    Nice stairs to take pictures , nice small Japanese architeture and a cafe. a few steps from Ximen exit 1.
  • shuyim1

    Traveler type:

    En pareja

    Serene Park at Ximen MRT


    It’s a serene green area integrating the restored remains of a Japanese Buddhist temple. Good for a nice stroll after your get out of Ximen MRT before heading off to the bustling Ximemgting night market.

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