This small, atmospheric temple appears from the outside as a narrow, elaborate shopfront in the Ximending area. But walk through the...
Xibenyuan Temple Square
This odd square is the site of a former Japanese temple which was built at the end of the 19th century for the Japanese military, and...
Red House Bar Street
This strip of open-air bars behind the historic Red House is a friendly and lively gay district that welcomes everyone. You will often...
Don't overlook this unassuming place in the far corner of the courtyard behind the Red House. Basically a one-woman show (a Chinese lady...
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Red House information
Ximending's most iconic building was built in 1908 to serve as Taipei's first public market. These days it's a multifunctional cultural centre with regular live performances and exhibitions. There's an artist and designer weekend market in the north square (2pm to 9.30pm Saturday and Sunday), and 16 studios selling the works of local designers (2pm to 9.30pm Tuesday to Sunday) behind the main entrance.
In the Japanese era, the Red House came to symbolise the bustling commercialism of the Ximending District. Post-WWII it was an opera house, a performance theatre, a movie theatre and, finally, a derelict building. These days it's once again the centrepiece of the district. Riverside Live House is at the back of the complex. The south court is the city's gay bar district, and is home to speciality sex shops and restaurants.