The Bopiliao Historical Block (剝皮寮歷史街區) was a former major roadway in the Qing Dynasty that was displaced by the nearby Guangzhuo Street as a major artery of the Taipei in the Japanese colonial era. With its wide arching verandas and traditional red brick walls, this well-preserved historical site offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Taipei locals of the past.
The ancient street is situated in Mengjia, which used to be one of the most prosperous areas in the capital. Over the years the area was left abandoned and in disrepair, but since 2003 the Taipei government and local interest groups have worked together to restore the old buildings back to their original glory. Visitors can have a stroll around, learning about the history and culture of the area via the many information boards and small exhibitions located in the Qing-era buildings. There are also a few gift shops selling goods reminiscent of the era.
There are a few other historical sites nearby. The Shintomicho Cultural Market (10am to 6pm, closed Mondays) has a funky coffee shop and is connected to the very old-fashioned Xinfu Market. It is located up the small alleyway outside Longshan Temple Station exit 3. The Bopiliao Historical Block is also a short walk east from Lungshan Temple.
How to get there
The nearest station on the Taipei Metro is Longshan Temple Station, which is a short journey from Taipei Station (5 minutes, NT$20). Head out of exit 3 and take a right turn. Next turn right again at the main road, walk north a few minutes, and you’ll soon reach the Bopiliao Historical Block. Just look out for the brownish red brick buildings and the large Bopiliao Historical Block sign.
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 9pm
Official website: bopiliao.taipei