It’s been nearly 200 years and Bopiliao Old Street remains one of the most complete and historically conserved streets in Taipei City. Buildings which were once used for businesses have been preserved for exhibition areas loaded with information about its rich history. Bopiliao is known for many things but a few of my favorites are the history of imperial education in Taiwan, the introduction of western medicine and the architectural building practices. It does a great job of giving you a glimpse into what life was like from 150 years ago into the 19th century. Buildings so old they make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Wide plank wood flooring, hand laid brick door frames, and original double casement style windows really set the mood.
Inside Bopiliao there is also a large courtyard where you’ll find something for the kids. Traditional toys and games that were popular among children then. With the help of the Taipei City Government and its preservation efforts, Bopiliao has been delicately shifted as the city built up around it. Now, it stands on its own as a true time piece into Taipei’s history and is a must see.
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday – Sunday
Closed – Mondays and Holidays
Fare: Free for groups and individuals.
Group tours are available of at least 15 persons. Register online at http://hcec.tp.edu.tw. Here you can download an English flier on the right or call the phone number at the bottom.
Photos by Matt GIRVAN