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About Shilin District

About Shilin District


Satellite RadioShilin, with its outstanding living environment and marvelous natural scenery, is the first choice destination for expats from Europe, the Americas and Japan looking to live, run businesses, or establish embassies or offices in Taipei.

Shilin boasts many famous scenic spots and historic sites such as Chiang Kai-Shek Shilin Official Residence, National Taiwan Science Education Center, Taipei Astronomical Museum, National Palace Museum, Yangmingshan National Park, Shilin Night Market, and Taipei Children's Amusement Park.


Over 290,000


62.3682 km²


Originally named Bazhilan ("thermal spring"), Shilin was once home to the aboriginal Ketagalan tribe, which lived here over 200 years ago. Until the Qing Dynasty, Shilin was referred to as Zhilan Fortress. By the end of the Qing Dynasty, as many literary talents from Shilin had passed the imperial examination, the town was subsequently renamed "Shilin", which means "congregation of scholars and talents".

Shilin is best known for two areas:the Tianmu Commercial Circle and Shilin Night Market.
  1. Tianmu Commercial Circle: When the Kuomintang moved its seat of government to Taiwan from mainland China in 1949, many legislators, high-ranking government officials, expats, and foreign diplomats moved to this area, transforming it into a high-class residential district. As Taiwan’s economy developed rapidly over time, Tianmu has also become a trendy shopping destination for the younger generation.
  2. Shilin Night Market: This world-renowned night market is a shopping and dining area lined with street food stalls, small eateries, and a variety of stores. Situated close to Jiantan MRT station, this popular night market attracts thousands of locals and foreign tourists alike, and constitutes one of Taipei’s premier food and shopping destinations.


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  • Source: Shilin District Office, Taipei City