The Treasure Hill Artist Village (寶藏巖國際藝術村) was the first historical village designated by the Taipei government. It’s well known for its old-fashioned houses scattered up the hill and their revitalization as a hotspot for modern art and design.
Developed as a forum and outlet for local and international artists to show their work without worrying about financial commitments, the village is full of lots of weird and wacky art pieces and shops. The best way to see it all is to just randomly explore the area. Along the way you can take any lane or path that looks of interest. There’s a real community spirit here too, with many of the artists on site and ready to show you their work.
The village has a never ending supply of new exhibitions, artist residencies and performances. It’s surprising to see what is in a sense an outside art gallery that is so done-to-earth and light-hearted.
Afterwards it’s recommended to visit Gongguan Night Market, which is located right outside the station. It’s easy to find on the way to or back from the village. Many people will also cycle here, up the river cycling trail that starts from around Xindian and ends up in Tamsui.
How to get there
The Treasure Hill Artist Village is a short walk from Gongguan Station on the Taipei Metro’s green line. To get there from Taipei Station, first head to the nearby Beimen Station and take the train from there (11 minutes, NT$25). There are also a few YouBike bicycle rental stations nearby Gongguan Station. The village is a 10 minute walk from the station, near the river bank to the west.
Hours and fees
Hours: 11am to 10pm
Official website: artistvillage.org