Destination Dupes: Why Taipei is the New Seoul

A destination dupe. A trending phrase currently circulating on social media as the summer approaches, but what is it? Explained as a location which shows very similar resemblances to a more renowned and established place, it is a place much more affordable. We look into the best places to go in the city of Taipei, the capital of Taiwan as an up-and-coming destination dupe to Seoul.

What’s similar?

As a modern metropolis with bustling streets, historic landmarks and an abundance of shops and restaurants, Taiwan is fast becoming an alternative for the capital city of South Korea: Seoul. With resemblances including its cuisine culture, tech start-ups and fun night life,  flight searches to Taiwan increased by 2,786% in the last year.

Tech at Guang Hua Digital Plaza

As Seoul is known for its innovation and technical advancements, for those visiting Taipei can explore life at the Guang Hua Digital Plaza. The six-storey, indoor technological and electronic market sells an extensive range of gadgets, computers and cameras and as a place recommended for tourists to visit, the digital experience of countless stores is sure to have something of interest. Even the surrounding area to the plaza highlights the electronic development the city holds, it offers even more computer stores, so visitors will never be short of finding a new gadget!

The Shilin Market

Both being cities, Taipei and Seoul showcase incredible cuisines. However, with the increasing interest in the Taiwain city, visitors can indulge in the Shilin market, the largest and most famous night market in the city. The market is known for its delicious street food showcasing its cuisine of food and drink. Popular treats include pancakes, hot pot on stone and Shilin sausages. As well as the extensive amount of food stalls to try, the market is host to a 3D tiger, a modern toilet restaurant, a children’s games area and many Michelin-rated food stalls too.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Much like Seoul, Taipei has its outstanding cultural landmarks in the heart of the city, and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is one of its most renowned. The national monument and tourist attraction is in memory of former president of Taiwan: Chiang Kai-shek and towers at 70 metres high. The National Concert Hall and National Theatre are located on the either side of the hall with the theatre a place for drama and dances, and the concert hall is the city’s most advanced music performance hall. And perfect for a picture, the hall also allows tourists to see inside with a display and exhibitions as well as a gift shop.

Elephant Mountain

Fancy a scenic place to walk and capture the best Instagram photos? Then a hike up Elephant Mountain is a must do to experience Taipei at its fullest. Towering over the skyline, it takes 600 steps to get to the top of the breath taking scenes – about 20 to 30 minutes up, and a lot quicker on the way down. However, with the heat, visitors are recommended to take water on the trip as you’re sure to sweat!

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Charlotte Ashley
May 2, 2024
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