Southeast Taiwan Loop – Arts and Culture in Taitung

The South Link Line is a scenic rail line running along the southern tip of Taiwan from Pingtung to Taitung. With picturesque mountain and ocean views along the line, the Taitung portion of the South Link Line passes through the townships of Daren, Jinfeng, Dawu, and Taimali. These four townships are home to various Taiwanese Indigenous tribes, such as the Amis, Paiwan, and Rukai. Apart from enjoying these four Indigenous townships’ rich cultural atmosphere, one can also admire the various public artworks on display. Numerous tourist spots such as Dawu Junior High, Nanhui Beach, and Yuan Ai Workshop are also spectacular places to experience and enjoy the scenery and unique culture of Taitung.

Taitung Story House 

The Continuing Story of the Taitung People — The Taitung Story House is Reborn

Earlier this year, the Eslite Bookstore in Taitung closed its doors for the final time. In its place, the Taitung Story House opened this September in its original location. The two-story building that houses the Taitung Story House is a renovated structure from the Japanese Colonial Period. After the closing of Eslite, the Taitung Government planned for the renovation of the old building into a bookstore-cafe with an artistic atmosphere and modern style.

The new Taitung Story House is bright and airy, infused with warm woody tones and verdant garden greenery. The bookshelves are stacked full of books of varying topics such as travel, culinary, health, as well as fiction & literature. Intertwining with the multitude of greenery in the bookstore, shopping around the Taitung Story House feels as if one is reading in a beautiful garden. With its large glass windowpanes and warming wood-tone interior, the Taitung Story House truly has the atmosphere of a booklover’s dream. It is here that one is reminded of a saying that goes “ Time spent reading is worth every second.” In addition to a cozy reading atmosphere, the bookstore also houses an art classroom with various courses for children and adults alike. With new courses every month, one can attend courses on various topics, including literary lectures, cloth dyeing, and children’s ceramics classes.

The first floor of the Taitung Story House consists of a general reading area, while the second floor is a cafe and parent-child reading corner. Sitting on a sofa in the second-floor cafe while cozying up with a nice book and listening to relaxing music is a wonderful and carefree way to spend the afternoon. If you order a cup of fragrant coffee or a light meal to enjoy while reading, you also get a 50NT discount on any book you purchase in-store!

Address: No. 478, Bo’ai Road, Taitung City

Phone: 089-346-203

Official website

National Museum of Prehistory
National Museum of Prehistory

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The National Museum of Prehistory consists of three parks: the main building of Kangle, Beinan Cultural Park, and Nanke Archaeological Museum (located in Tainan). The establishment of the museum originated from the accidental discovery of Taiwan’s middle and late Neolithic sites during construction work on the back of Taitung’s New Railway Station in 1980. It covers an area of ​​more than 10,000 square meters, and was the home to about 2,000 tombs and more than 10,000 pieces of pottery and porcelain. Therefore, the government built a museum to preserve and study prehistoric culture.

The original site is not suitable for building, so the site that was chosen is located near the Kangle Station to collect and display a wealth of cultural relics in the Kangle Main Building. Displays are divided into permanent and special exhibitions. The permanent exhibition is like a three-dimensional knowledge treasure house, and the theme area is set to fully restore the evolution from ancient times to the present. It is simply an intellectual historical tour. As you walk into Beinan Cultural Park, you will enter a historic scene, and you will be greeted by prehistoric houses, Puyuma Juvenile Meeting Hall (Dakuvan), and the aboriginal houses area of the original proportions in the park. As you connect to the life experiences of ancient humans thousands of years ago through imagination, you will also be able to learn about the history and culture of the Beinan Cultural Park in the exhibition hall.

Kangle Main Building (closed, scheduled to open in 2021)

Contact number: 089-38-1166

Address: No. 1, Museum Road, Taitung City, Taitung County

Official website

Beinan Cultural Park

Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
Closed Days: every Monday (open also on national holidays, supplementary holidays, and election days), Lunar New Years Eve, and New Years Day

Contact Number: 089-23-3466

Address: No. 200 Wenhua Park Road, Taitung City, Taitung County

Official website

Boting Art Center
寶町藝文中心

Located between Zhongshan Road and Baosang Road in downtown Taitung, the Japanese-style buildings of the Baoding Art Center come into your view. Its simple nostalgic sense and quaint architectural style have often slowly attracted visitors without them knowing it. Boting Art Center has a history of nearly 85 years. It was completed in 1936. Its original site was the Taitung Street Chief Official House during the Japanese Occupation (the street chief was the head of the administrative region at that time). In 1999, the old building was revitalized by Taitung City Government, and renovated into a Taitung art venue.

This art center has six one-story wooden buildings, all which contain art galleries, performance spaces, art and literature information rooms, and a social room for arts groups. The center holds various art exhibitions from time to time. It boasts an artistic atmosphere. In addition to admiring art exhibitions, you can also take a closer look at the indoor layout, nostalgic furniture and furnishings of the revitalized Japanese architecture. Come here to experience the beauty of the harmony of life and art.

Opening Hours: 08:30~17:00

Closed Days: Monday, Lunar New Year and National Holidays

Ticket Price: free

Contact Number: 089-325301

Address: No. 184, Zhongshan Road, Taitung City, Taitung County

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