Get inspired off the beaten path: a creative walk in Taipei

Is the dull rain of Taipei, Taiwan getting you down? Looking for some creative inspiration off the beaten path? Take a short  walk (even if it’s drizzling) through the Treasure Hill Artist Village: explore the modernly concrete alleyways, sketch the street bunny graffiti art, and create whimsical photo-op scenes in an open air room with human size fortune cookie sculptures. If you appreciate architecture and art, and like to explore without hundreds of tourists, then this is a quiet, interesting option to check out with a morning or afternoon in Taipei.

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After exiting the MRT and following street signs (there will be one sign that directs you, then none, but fear not – keep walking straight through the parking lot and follow the winding road), you’ll wind up at the base of the Treasure Hill Artist Village. The guard may or may not ask you to sign in, but beyond that there is no entrance fee. Time to stroll and let your creative mind run!

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There are various studios in operation at the village, as well as local tenants. Be sure to read the sign posted next to each door, letting you know whether or not you may venture in without an appointment. Take the opportunity to check out the small studio spaces that are open. There’s even a hostel, called The Attic, opening in 2014 that invites visitors to walk around and check out the rooms, also offering a small art display (this is also where you can find the rabbit street art!).

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We won’t spoil it all for you: the whole exciting part about Treasure Hill is exploring and seeing what new things you can find here. One thing we will say, a must see is the fortune cookies. There was a photo shoot happening when we visited, but we would have loved to create some kooky scenes here to capture on camera. Overall, Treasure Hill is a killer photo shoot location waiting to happen.

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If you’ve been or go to Treasure Hill, we want to know: what did you think? What did you find? Please share in the comments below!

Entrance fee: FREE! Wahoo.
Address: No.2, Aly. 14, Ln. 230 Sec. 3, Tingzhou Rd., Taipei
MRT: Gongguan (or alternatively, Taipower Building)
Duration to spend? 1-2 hours, or more if you’re enticed.
Suggestions to bring? Camera and/or sketchbook. Some great photo ops and scenes to draw.

xx. Jillian

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