The Jianguo Holiday Flower Market (臺北市建國假日花市) and its connected markets comprise the largest market space in Taipei. Known across the country for its grand selection of flowers, the market is a lovely place to take a stroll on the weekend.
Housed under the Jianguo Elevated Road, part of Taipei’s sprawling expressways, the flower market is busy with locals shopping for flowers and plants to liven up their homes. Other items are on sale too, that tourists could buy, such as floral instruments and clothing accessories.
There are a host of other markets situated under the expressway that might be of interest. The first you’ll come across is the Jian Guo Weekend Artist’s Corner (建國假日藝文特區). This is a large crafts market, packed with independent sellers, located on the southern end of the market space under the expressway. As you head up north you’ll also pass the less famous Yu Guo Flower Market (䢖國花市), which leads you to the Jianguo Holiday Flower Market.
After this, cross over the road to enter the Jianguo Jade Market (建國玉市), an equally famous marketplace full of vendors specialising in jewelry made from the green ornamental mineral and other semi-precious stones. Particularly popular with tourists are the jade Buddhist charms.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to the Jianguo Holiday Flower Market is from Daan Park Station, which is accessible from Taipei Station on the Taipei Metro’s red line (9 minutes, NT$20). From Daan Park Station, head out of exit 5 and walk down the road to the expressway on the right. The markets are located under the expressway, with Jian Guo Weekend Artist’s Corner to your right (south) and the others to your left (north). The Jianguo Holiday Flower Market is down the end to the north.
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 6pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Official website: fafa.org.tw