Downtown Taitung

The downtown area starts from Zhongzheng Road and continues south all the way to the seashore.  The downtown area is considered to be the birthplace of Taitung City’s development — it was the starting point for freight transport, industry, a marketplace, and of course, food sales. Visitors looking to learn more about our culture are welcome to amble through the side streets and alleyways to enjoy the city’s timeless charm and food traditions. From admiring traditional architecture and the traditional marketplace to nibbling local snacks, visitors are sure to relish the natural landscape of local humanity. For nature-lovers, the Taitung Forest Park offers bike paths and gorgeous scenery!

The National Museum of Prehistory is an archeological museum that includes an archeological site and a natural park. The museum focuses on the study of prehistory and indigenous culture with exhibits featuring Taiwan’s natural history, Taiwan’s prehistory, and the aboriginal history in Taiwan, which shows the geologic, biologic, prehistoric and anthropic change of Taiwan.

Address: No. 200, Cultural Park Rd., Taitung, Taiwan

Tel: 089-381166

 

 

Due to the immense, dark beefwood trees along its trails, Taitung’s Forest Park is nicknamed the “Black Forest.” The trees, planted to help to reduce wind damage and provides shade from the summer heat, used to make the whole piece of land look pitch-black, hence the name!

The park is filled with bike lanes that weave through a forest of larger-than-life Australian pine trees to connect three lakes: “Pipa Lake,” which was formed by underground springs, “Lover’s Lake,” which was formed out of marshy wetlands, and lastly, “Flowing Lake,” which is an excellent venue for water sports events, like the triathlons that take place there so often. The Forest Park’s quiet mystery and pockets of serenity truly set itself apart from other landscaped parks. Come see for yourself!

 

Taitung has a very diverse and rich ethnic culture. The architecture of the many historical buildings in Taitung’s downtown can be traced back to the Qing Dynasty period, the Japanese Colonization Period, and the Taiwan Recovery period. For example, the Baoting Art and Culture Center, built in 1936 under Japanese rule, functioned as both the mayor’s residence and the town hall. The traditional Japanese house is charming and harkens back to the aesthetic of days gone by.

Chinese temples and churches are another place to appreciate local cultures as well as traditional architecture. These temples provide not only a place to practice religion but a space for social gatherings.  Visitors are also welcome to spend the day socializing and enjoying the local desserts such as green bean soup, sweet potato chips, mochi, or shaved ice, among others, to name a few. Let an afternoon go by as you wander around the alleys. The stores are calling your name!

Since 2010, Tiehua Music Village has become an important creative culture center in Taitung. Tiehua Music Village provides a venue for talented musicians and artists to showcase their work.

Information:

[fac_icon icon="clock-o"] Tiehua Shop::Tiehua Shop: Tuesday to Sunday 2pm-10pm, Tiehua Shop sells local handicrafts and farmer’s market goods

[fac_icon icon="clock-o"]  Music Performances: Wednesday to Saturday 8pm-10pm

[fac_icon icon="clock-o"] The Weekend Market is held from Fridays to Sundays. Visitors can find agricultural products from local farmers to handicrafts made by the local artists.

 

 

The 6 kilometer-long Taitung Historic Rail passes through Taitung City. When Taiwan Railways Taitung Station ended its operations in 2001, the Taitung County Government transformed the railway into a pretty ribbon of green. Now, visitors can walk along the wooden tracks and see various industries that the railroads used to support, including the Taitung Sugar Factory, Old Malan Station, the Green Corridor, and Tiehua Music Village. Set yourself free with a healthy, relaxing afternoon strolling or biking down the railway, taking in the beautiful views and cultural spaces. It’s one of the experiences you just can’t miss if you come to Taitung!

Address: Along the Taitung Historical Rail in Taitung City

Tel: 089-357131