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No. 10, Chengdu Rd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City
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The Red House, a Western-style red-brick octagonal structure in Taipei's Ximen space built in 1908, is Taiwan's first public market and the most well preserved historic site. Designed by Kondo Juro, a western-styled architect in the prefectural civil engineering office at the time, the market entrance, incorporating both octagonal and cruciform shapes, was paralleled by no other in the east and west. The market entrance also took on the "eight trigrams (bagua)" design considered boldly creative then. Octagon Building, Cruciform Building, and the adjacent South-North Square are now collectively known as the Red House.

In November, 2007, Department of Cultural Affairs commissioned Taipei Culture Foundation to manage The Red House. It underwent a series of cultural transformation including: at Octagon Building 2F Theater, Central Display Area, The Red House Tea Shop, The Red House Select Shop, at Cruciform Building 16 Workshops, Cultural Arts Exhibition Platform, Riverside Live House, Market for Artists & Designers located by North Square and Outdoor Café located by South Square. These changes provided better services to the general public, created a space of creativity, attracted crowds, and expanded the domain of overlapping cultural arts. The Red House has successfully transformed into a new cultural & creative industries development center in Taipei City. In 2008, it was awarded The 7th Urban Landscape Award in Historical Space Redevelopment Category.

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(Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.)
  1. Nat'l Fwy 1 → Exit at Taipei Interchange → Sec. 3 to 1, Chongqing N. Rd → Hengyang Rd. → Chengdu Rd.
  2. Nat'l Fwy 3 → Exit at Zhonghe Interchange → Prov. Hwy 64 → Exit at Banqiao → Sec. 3, Xianmin Blvd. → Huacui Bridge → Bangka Blvd. → Sec. 2 to 1, Zhonghua Rd. → Chengdu Rd.
  1. Take THSR (or TRA) to Taipei Station, transfer Taipei MRT to Ximen Station.
  2. Take the Taipei Sightseeing Bus Red Route to the MRT Ximen Station stop. (Route Map)
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Last update time: Oct 23, 2023
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