When it comes to finding unique things to see and do, Taiwan has you covered. While the people of Taiwan do remain loyal to tradition, they also aren't afraid to get a little silly. Whether it's eccentric architecture or quirky activities, Taiwan has a wide range of fascinating stops that certainly warrant a trip to the East Asia state.
There are many places in Taiwan where you can learn about history and culture while also coming across a ton of fun photo ops. Check out this list of ten of the most unique attractions in the area.
10 The High Heel Church
There's a legend in Taiwan of a woman who contracted a disease and had to have her legs amputated, ruining her engagement and prompting the woman to live alone in a church for the rest of her days. If that story weren't weird enough, the High Heel Church constructed in the legendary woman's honor is even weirder.
Located in Ocean View Park in Taiwan's Budai Township, the High Heel Church was completed in 2016. While it is technically a place of worship, it serves as more of a tourist attraction and wedding venue.
9 Houtong Cat Village
If you're allergic to cats, you may want to keep your distance from Houtong Village. What was once a prosperous mining town fell into decline in the 1970's before basically becoming a ghost town by the 1990's. In what might be the cutest revival ever, the town of around 100 people was brought back to life after it somehow became a hub for stray cats.
The village now markets itself as a place overrun with cats, and the area is busier than ever as tourists stop by all the time to play and interact with Houtong's feline friends.
8 Modern Toilet Restaurant
Just when you thought you'd heard of every kind of themed restaurant, you learn of Modern Toilet. Complete with toilets as seats, sinks as tables, and plungers as light fixtures, this restaurant offers the crappiest dining experience (in the best possible way).
While they serve yummy hot pot, curries, and desserts, the menu items don't exactly sound appetizing as they are all given a name that incorporates feces in some way. The meals are served in a mini toilet or bathtub, and your drinks are served in a tiny urinal that you can take home as a souvenir.
7 Carton King Creative Park
If a toilet-themed restaurant doesn't sound appealing to you, perhaps a cardboard-themed restaurant piques your interest. Carton King Creative Park provides you cardboard chairs to sit on and cardboard tables to eat on as you consume your meal, which is served on a cardboard plate or bowl.
The employees insist the material is sturdy enough for you to use, and the cardboard decor is actually very pretty. You should make time to peruse their paper art garden, where you'll see cardboard sculptures of animals and buildings. Oh, and a cardboard train chugs around the building as well.
6 Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
Did you know theme parks can also be educational? The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village originally opened in the 1980's as a sort of outdoor museum, putting the lives of some of Taiwan's oldest tribes on display.
With nine separate village reconstructions representing nine different aboriginal tribes, you immediately become immersed in a new culture and get to learn about the traditions of these cultures. If that doesn't sell you, the museum also has an "Amusement Isle" area that features various rides and roller coasters as well as Taiwan's tallest free-fall drop ride.
5 Bei Tou Incinerator
Why in the world would a waste incinerator be considered a tourist attraction? Well, the Bei Tou Incinerator in Taiwan is a little different. The East Asia state continues to be the mecca of unique dining options, as Touch Star Revolving Restaurant resides at the very top of the incinerator.
Take the super-fast elevator up the 150-meter chimney and you'll come across a revolving restaurant that serves predominantly Chinese fare. It's a complete dining experience, all at the top of a waste incinerator.
4 Painted Animation Lane
If you're a fan of cartoons/anime and happen to be in Taichung City, it may be worth it to seek out Painted Animation Lane. This alley is in an unassuming area, but walk down it and you'll be immersed in a world full of color and character. The walls are plastered with all of your favorite characters from manga, anime, cartoons and video games.
This walkway doesn't go on for too long, but it's filled with almost endless photo ops -- make sure you grab a picture with portraits of Super Mario, Luigi, Goku, Vegeta, Naruto, and more.
3 Rainbow Family Village
Another way to surround yourself with color on an even larger scale is to visit Rainbow Family Village. One day, 87-year-old war veteran Huang Yung-Fu felt that his average military settlement needed a pop of color. So he started painting every surface of the village, and never ended up stopping.
The veteran has since been dubbed with the title "Grandpa Rainbow" and is still painting to this day. With the walls, doors, grounds, and rooftops completely enveloped in rainbow doodles, the Rainbow Family Village is a magical spot to visit.
2 Wanli UFO Village
There's a pretty deserted beachfront resort that once served as a great vacation destination, but has since become a little run-down. Where others saw abandonment, however, Finnish architect Matti Suuronen saw opportunity. Matti proceeded to construct multiple Futuro and Venturo houses at the beachfront.
Now, the area is filled with structures that are shaped like pods, almost taking the appearance of a UFO. The houses are said to be functional with a sitting area, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. A walk through the area will make you feel like you've traveled forward in time, or even to another dimension.
1 Lotus Lake Taoist Complex
Temples residing on a lake sound gorgeous enough, but add a bunch of colorful and extravagant architecture and you've got yourself a couple of magical palaces. Two Taoist temples built on Lotus Lake have been embellished with giant Dragon and Tiger statues, whose mouths serve as the entrance to the temples.
There is also a main entrance to the bridges that lead to the two temples. This entrance is a statue of a dragon with a person on top of its head. Once again, visitors walk through the dragon's mouth to enter.