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Taitung Shoreline – A feast of art and literature by the sea

The long coastline of Taitung boasts the most beautiful bay and beach on the island of Taiwan. The inspiration of the sea brings vitality and imagination. The vast ocean along the coast and the rolling waves attract many foreigners to fight with the sea during the surfing season. The charm of the sea also attracts many art and literary workers to live by the sea, listening to the waves and getting up at sunrise. Dulan Sugar Factory is a gathering place for art and music, attracting many art and literary lovers to come for pilgrimage. In addition, the handicrafts of the aboriginal tribes give the area a unique look.

Laboratory Experiment Platform

Taitung Coastline-Art Feast by the Sea-Laboratory Experiment Platform

At first glance, “Laboratory Experiment Platform,” should probably be the name of a company conducting scientific research. However, this is actually a studio and art center founded by Heidi Yip and Taitung artist Lafin Sawmah. Creating Laboratory Experiment Platform holds special meaning for Sawmah and Yip. Sawmah is a young Amis from Taitung. His creative energy comes from his memories of growing up in an indigenous village. Even though Sawmah has become a renowned sculptor in Taiwan and abroad, what he wanted most in life was to simply move back to his hometown. Living in a place connected to the Pacific Ocean, Sawmah expresses his gratitude towards nature and interest in environmental protection through art. Yip, on the other hand, is an artist from Hong Kong. Before Yip moved to Taitung with her husband Sawmah, the natural beauty of Taiwan had left a deep impression on her. The ocean, geology and plants found in Taitung act as inspiration for her illustrations and pottery. This led Yip to open a studio in this pristine corner of the east coast where the ocean meets the sky.

Before moving back to Sawmah’s three-room house in his hometown of Changbin, their studio had relocated twice to other spots on Provincial Highway 11. Life gradually changed for Sawmah and Yip because their business was doing too well. Their studio became overly focused on the business end of things because of the increasing number of visitors and strong sales of their crafts. Therefore, they made a firm decision to close their shop and redirect their energy towards creative pursuits. Now, Laboratory Experimental Platform is a private creative space that isn’t open to the public most of the time. However, they sometimes hold cultural and artistic events and activities. These include hosting residencies, exhibits and lectures. Sawmah and Yip hope that their studio can act as a venue for interaction between people perusing different creative endeavors and local residents. But most importantly, everyone that comes here can step out of the studio, greet the Pacific and commune with nature in this remote pocket of Taiwan. (Photo Credit:Laboratory Experiment Platform FB)

Hours of Operation: By appointment only. Please see their official website for more information on exhibitions.

Address: No. 61-1, Neighborhood 6, Sanjian Village, Sanjianwu, Changbin Township, Taitung County

Website: https://www.facebook.com/laboratorytaitung/

Dulan Sugar Factory Café and Art Gallery

Taitung Coastline-A Feast of Art and Culture by the Sea-Dulan Xindong Sugar Factory

( Photo: IG @Nobel Liu )

Dulan seems to be a creator’s muse, while Dulan Sugar Factory Café and Art Gallery is the cradle of art in Taitung. It provides a creative settlement for artists from Taitung and overseas, just like a small fire to warm up the passion for creation! As soon as you walk into the park, different small buildings, which each have unique and colorful painted walls, will meet your eye. It welcomes visitors with a full hipster-style and artistic atmosphere. If you like to visit cultural and creative markets, or see art exhibitions, we believe you will appreciate Dulan Sugar Factory, situated just a few steps from the sea in Taitung.

Dulan Sugar Factory Café and Art Gallery was formerly a private sugar factory during the Japanese Occupation. Completed in 1937, it had three parts: the sugar factory, office and dormitory. The sugar factory closed in the 1990s, and was later revitalized under the initiative of the government to become the Dulan Sugar Factory Café and Art Gallery. There are artist studios, cafes, and large stage for performances in the park. On weekends, there are also cultural and creative markets with a variety of hand-made products. In the evening, musical performances by the sea in the park makes the atmosphere more exciting. Do not miss this exciting musical, romantic atmosphere.

Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10:00~17:00

Closed Days: Open all year round

Contact Number: 08 953 1212

Address: No. 61, Dulan Village, Donghe Township, Taitung County

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