Welcome to 大稻埕
In a quiet corner of Taipei, far from the glitz and glamour of the shopping districts in the east, the expat enclaves dotting the city, or the collegiate crowds of the capital’s many universities, Dadaocheng (大稻埕) retains a great deal of what was once the true character of Taiwan’s largest city.
A living, breathing neighborhood
Unlike many touristy spots throughout Taiwan and the world, Dadaocheng is not merely a place for camera-toting visitors. While the weekends bring curious tourists to the streets of this historic neighborhood, these streets are in fact bustling every day of the week. As home to dozens of Chinese medicine shops, restaurant supply stores, and the packed floors of the Yong-le Traditional Market building (永樂市場), Dadaocheng is crowded from morning to night with delivery trucks, scooters, bicycles, and pedestrians.
With numerous temples in the neighborhood, including the notable Xia-Hai City God Temple (台北霞海城隍廟) on Dihua Street, parades and celebrations are a common sight in Dadaocheng. Amid fireworks, brightly lit trucks, and loud music, you might stumble upon the City God (城隍爺) himself or an Electric-Techno Prince (電音三太子) performance like this one.
Where to begin?
First time visiting this site? Be sure to check out the Background page for a bit of background on why Love, Dadaocheng exists.
From there, there are two ways to browse:
1. For desktop users, the Place Galleries are recommended for the full photographic experience.
2. For mobile users, the site is best experienced via the Blog. (But of course, come back to view the galleries on desktop when you have a chance!)
Most importantly, after you've had a chance to browse Love, Dadaocheng, do find some time to explore the neighborhood in person! Visit the shops, ask questions, and discover Dadaocheng's hidden history on your own. If you need some help getting started, just let us know!