Exploring Huashan 1914 Creative Park

Tucked away in Zhongzheng District in Taipei is a creative space that has flourished into one of the most delightful places to explore in Taiwan: Huashan 1914 Creative Park.

The sprawling 19,800-square-meter park has become a home for Taipei’s up-and-coming artists and creative minds. Spend a relaxing day exploring the grounds to see colorful exhibits, eye-catching art installations, and quirky cafés and shops. You may even catch one of the many theater productions, musical performances, and cultural events that take place at the multi-purpose park. 

If you’re looking for artsy places in Taiwan where you can unleash your creativity and gain some inspiration, Huashan 1914 Creative Park is probably your best bet.



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Learn About The Park’s Fascinating History

The park may now be a playground for artists, but it was originally a wine factory for sake and ginseng in 1914. Over the years that followed, the factory went through a number of owners and numbers until it was abandoned for another site in 1987.

A decade later, artists found their way to the empty grounds and called for it to be established into an art center. Eventually, the Huashan 1914 Creative Park officially became a reality to provide a space for artistic expression and appreciation in Taipei.



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Discover the Center of Taipei’s Art Scene

Stepping into the Huashan 1914 Creative Park almost feels like falling down Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole with a surreal mix of old industrial architecture and vibrant contemporary art.

Wander through the old brick warehouses to check out the old and new exhibits on display by the country’s most promising artists. Snap photos of the outdoor art installations found throughout the creative park. Indoor and outdoor exhibits usually change periodically, so there’s always something new to see here.



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Watch Amazing Performers on the Street

While weekdays at the park are calm and relaxing, Huashan 1914 Creative Park bursts with life and color on weekends. Locals and tourists flock to the park to eat, shop, and chill out. Street performers settle on their various spots to play live music and entertain the crowds.

 Before visiting the park, check online to see if there are cool exhibits or events held around the time of your trip. Occasionally, concerts and events are staged at the indoor space Legacy and the outdoor amphitheater Huashan Theater.



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Take a Break at Quirky Cafés, Restaurants

One of the things that visitors enjoy doing at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park is relaxing with food and drinks. Sit down in one of the park’s cafés, which are known for their cool and creative vibe, including Fujin Tree Landmark, FabCafé, and Trio Café.

After a full day of exploring the artsy park, take some time to rest and grab a bite to eat. A good choice is Alleycat’s Pizza, an Italian restaurant that serves hearty meals and mouth-watering pizza pies.



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How To Get There

Hop on the Orange or Blue Line to reach Zhongxiao Xinsheng, then go out Exit 1. From there, the Huashan 1914 Creative Park is within walking distance. Stroll along the Zhongxiao E Road, then cross the Jinshan Road intersection to get to the park.



Other Historical, Cultural, and Artsy Places in Taiwan

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Beyond the Huashan 1914 Creative Park, there are more historical, cultural, and artsy places in Taiwan—if you know where to look.

Drop by the Museum of Contemporary Art, a small gallery in Taipei with an amazing collection of modern pieces, while the Tainan Chimei Museum in Tainan provides a peek at amazing Western paintings and sculptures.

Songshan Cultural and Creative Park is another sprawling artsy place in Taipei that’s similar to Huashan 1914—but somehow even bigger! Inside the park, you’ll also find the Taiwan Design Museum.

 Meanwhile, those who are looking for something other than art can visit the National Taiwan Museum in Taipei, which is the oldest museum in the country with its establishment in 1908. The grand Grecian architecture is a sight to behold and once you step inside, you’ll find exhibits on the country’s natural history and indigenous roots.

There’s also the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung with everything from traditional to contemporary to digital art. You can also bring your children to the Taiwan Balloons Museum for a fun day out surrounded by balloons!



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