The coffeehouse linked to a high-profile double homicide in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Bali District (八里) in February, Mommouth Coffee (媽媽嘴咖啡), was the second-most-searched “tourism-related” keyword on Web portal Yam.com’s (蕃薯藤) two subsidiary sites in Taiwan this year, according to a survey released on Wednesday.
The coffee shop was second only to Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck, which made its Taiwan debut at Greater Kaohsiung’s Glory Pier in September.
Hsieh Yi-han (謝依涵), the 30-year-old former manager of the coffee shop, was found guilty of killing a middle-aged couple to gain access to their assets. She was sentenced to death in the case’s first trial on Oct. 29.
Coming in third was Greater Taichung’s Ciouhong Valley Landscape Park (秋紅谷), followed by Nantou County’s Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) and Taipei’s Minsheng fried rice restaurant (民生炒飯), which was voted the place that serves the most delicious fried rice by users of the Internet portal last month.
Rounding out the top 10 most-searched tourism-related keywords on travel.yam.com and blog.yam.com were Hualien County’s Mukumugi Valley (慕谷慕魚), hot air balloons, the Glory Pier, Greater Tainan’s Shennong Street and Taitung County’s bed-and-breakfast lodging Yujoy House (余水知歡).
The study also compiled a list of the 10 most-searched hotels in the nation, including Yilan City’s Silks Place Yilan, Greater Kaohsiung’s Hotel Dua, Radium Kagaya International Hotel in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投), Hualien’s Silks Place Taroko hotel, Beitou’s Grand View Resort, Kaohsiung’s 85 Sky Tower Hotel, Taichung’s Freshfields Resort, Taipei’s Hotel Cozzi, the Landis Group and Kaohsiung’s Spring Hill Resort.
Meanwhile, topping the list of the 10 most frequently searched cities in the nation was Greater Taichung, which has endeavored to promote the country’s cultural and creative industries; followed by Tainan, a place rich in history, culture and cuisine; and Yilan, which has attracted scores of tourists because of its slow-paced lifestyle.
The rest of the list included Greater Kaohsiung, Hsinchu, Taipei, Chiayi, Hualien, Taitung and Nantou.
As for overseas destinations, the most searched place was Bangkok, followed by Tokyo, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Osaka, Kyoto, South Korea, Hokkaido, Malaysia and Angkor Wat.