Sun Moon Lake Taiwan: A Comprehensive Guide
Why is Sun Moon Lake so Popular?
Hey, I'm Nick!
I first left home with a backpack in 2001, and I've been living in Taiwan for the last 10 years. I am especially drawn to religious centers, spiritual sights, and natural attractions.
I started this website to share the things I learn on the road and to inspire YOU to travel MORE!
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Ita Thao Night Market
the iconic view of Sun Moon Lake from above Wenwu Temple
The Sun Moon Lake Swim
the docks at Ita Thao offer fine lake views, and my kids loved running around on them
see Ci En Pagoda at the top? (thing to do #7)
366 stairs from Wenwu Temple down to the Sun Moon Lake shore
The Sun Moon Lake Ropeway Station on the shore of the lake
there are only a few rides at the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
traditional pestle music of the Thao, one of Taiwan's smallest and most endangered aboriginal tribes
from here you can see what's left of Lalu Island, sacred to the Thao people
enjoy views like this from around the lake
aboriginal food and drinks in Ita Thao
Taiwanese aboriginals in traditional costumes at Sun Moon Lake
Shuishe: The Main Tourist Village
The resort buildings of Shuishe poking up in the background
Ita Thao: My Personal Favorite
Where to Stay in Shuishe
aboriginal millet wine (小米酒) in slushy form
Sun Moon Lake assam tea-flavored ice cream and beer
marinated tofu cubes and stinky tofu marinated in Sun Moon Lake tea
Where to Stay in Ita Thao
Planning Your Sun Moon Lake Itinerary
1. Take a Boat Across Sun Moon Lake
2. Wenwu Temple (日月潭文武廟)
3. Nine Frogs Stack (九蛙疊像)
4. Sun Moon Lake Ropeway (日月潭纜車)
Riding the Ropeway when he was 2 is my son's earliest memory to date. Read more about how to plan a trip around Taiwan with kids.
5. Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village (九族文化村)
6. The Thao Tribe Performance Center (邵族逐鹿市集)
7. Ci En Pagoda (慈恩塔)
8. Xuanguan Temple (玄光寺) & Wharf (玄光碼頭)
9. Try SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding)
10. Scootering or Cycling around Sun Moon Lake
Other Things to Do Near Sun Moon Lake
Puli, a city 30 minutes north of Sun Moon Lake, is worth a stop for visiting enormous Chung Tai Chan Monastery, the world's tallest Buddhist Monastery. Just outside of Puli, Paper Dome, a church made out of paper, is another popular attraction. You can stop here with the Sun Moon Lake pass.
a church made out of paper in Puli, near Sun Moon Lake
Getting to Sun Moon Lake
Taipei to Sun Moon Lake
Taichung to Sun Moon Lake
Alishan to Sun Moon Lake
Things to Do at Sun Moon Lake
Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Puli, the tallest Buddhist monastery in the world
the Xitou Monster Village, a 1 hour 15 min drive from Sun Moon Lake