Taiwan: Taipei City & Street Art


So this is my first visit to Taiwan and I must say so far so good. From the fresh and minty air in Qingjing and Pingxi to this post of awesome Taipei city & street art.

Taiwan - Taipei - Yellow taxis on the street

Taipei, Taiwan

So this is my first visit to Taiwan and I must say so far so good. In my previous posts on Qingjing and Pingxi, the air was fresh and minty. So much greenery and nature and best of all, the cooling weather. You definitely can’t get that kind of sight and cool air in Singapore unless you lock yourself up in an air conditioning room and you’re surfing the internet looking at travel pictures.

Taipei though is just another city with lots of cars and shopping malls. What kept me excited was to hunt down the street arts as usual. At least, it’s a good sign to see art installation of sheep along the malls. Art is in the air so is love. Just check out the passionate kissing couple with an onlooker on the above picture. Caught! Hur hur...

Taiwan - Taipei - Mall area with sheep sculptures
Taiwan - Taipei - Skateboard shop

Taipei Street Art (Ximending)

And now I’ll let all the street art pictures do the talking.

Huashan 1914 Creative Park

A visit to the Huashan 1914 Creative Park is highly recommended if you’re interested in the creative cultures, arts and local music of Taipei. The park is an awesome space to spend your lazy afternoon to indulge and be inspired by all the art installations, exhibitions etc. Unfortunately, the red brick warehouse exhibition hall was booked out for some company event. So we had 1 less place to explore. Still a place worth visiting imo.

Taiwan - Huashan 1914 Creative Park - Outside sculpture
Taiwan - Huashan 1914 Creative Park - Tree roots through bricks
Taiwan - Huashan 1914 Creative Park - Green buildings
Taiwan - Huashan 1914 Creative Park - Upside down house

Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914文化創意產業園區)
 No. 1, Section 1, Bade Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
 visit site

Taiwan - Taipei - Ikea

Look what we discovered 2mins walk away from Huashan 1914 Creative Park! A very unique and cute looking mini-spaced Ikea House! It’s more of a cafe than the usual Ikea shops that houses all the furniture and stuff for sale really. A good place for a decent meal after a walk in the park. If I remember it correctly, we were actually walking around to see if there were restrooms we could use. So it was a pleasant find.

Taiwan - Taipei - Ikea food was yummy!

Ikea House  No. 37, Section 2, Zhongxiao East Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100  from huashan 1914 creative park to ikea house  360˚ virtual tour of ikea house  visit site

Taiwan - Taipei - Longshan Temple waterfall

Longshan Temple (龍山寺)

Temples are quite a huge thing in Taiwan so I guess we at least had to squeeze in one of the oldest and largest temple as an experience huh. Personally, I don’t usually have the practice to go through the whole “proper” process of purchasing the incense/joss stick bundle set for the prayers. Most times I just put my hands together and just pray. Occasionally I drop in a few bucks to the donation box. Ya know? Like donations for the temple maintenance and preservation work etc.

Taiwan - Taipei - Outside Longshan Temple
Taiwan - Taipei - Random street shot

Finally, a few words in summary would be a rather fruitful and enjoyable trip. Taiwan isn’t all that bad for a short getaway. We were lucky most of our meals weren’t oily like many described.

Taiwan - Taipei - Ximending night view

Ending the post with the city night lights on a rainy day in Ximending shopping district.

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