One of the best-preserved historic sections of Wanhua, This area has preserved much of its Qing period roots, with arched brick arcades, carved pattern window lattices, and other traces of the city’s early elegance.
Old-style shop-houses (with stores in front and living areas in back) also remain from that period, opening a window to the early development of the Bangka (Wanhua) area, lending a unique historical and architectural flavor to the area.Visitors can learn more about the history of the area at the Heritage and Culture Education Center.
Bopiliao covers both Qing and early Japanese-era architecture. Moreover,Some of the buildings house art galleries (generally open from 9am to 6pm, Tuesday to Sunday) showing experimental works mostly by young local artists.
During the Japanese era the narrow Qing-built street and shops became the back alley to new, wider Guangzhou St. As such the eras neatly divide themselves with Japanese buildings to the south and Qing to the north. The differing styles are easy to spot: Qing-era buildings are commonly red brick, and shopfronts are set back from arcades. Japanese buildings incorporate Western baroque designs and facades are embellished with flowers and other common motifs.Moreover,Bopiliao was the setting for many scenes in the Taiwanese gangster flick Monga.
[剝皮寮歷史街區/Bāo pí liáo]
-Located in:North Taiwan
-Highly recommend to:History and Cultural Enthusiasts
-Address:No. 101, Guangzhou St., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City Taiwan