Bo Pi Liao Historical Street District 剝皮寮歷史街區

You may know me as Y (or Yunti) from our trips to South Korea and Hawaii, I just returned from a trip to Taiwan with a couple friends and without my sister GreenAfterTheRain. I will be sharing a few of my favorite moments in the following posts. I will also share my itinerary after my “favorites” posts. I was in Taiwan for 9 nights and 10 days but it sure did not feel like enough time.

Bo Pi Liao Historical Street District

I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to visit Bo Pi Liao Historical Street District, but I found quite a few people checking it out since it is only a short walk from LongShan Temple. This area ended up being a fun little area to be in for pictures and to simply wander around.

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The Bo Pi Liao Historic Street District was made famous (to me) by the Taiwan movie Monga (艋舺) starring Ethan Ruan (阮經天) because this was the actual film site for the movie. But there is a lot more to the area then a film site.

Within the little Bo Pi Liao Historic Street District, you can pretty much see the history and development of the area.

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walkway

Buildings range from the Qing period to buildings from the Japanese occupation to early post-war periods. And then through the development of the Mengjia (Monga/Bangka) area. (source)

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A visual of the Taipei and its development

From the corner of Kangding Road and Guangzhou Street Bo Pi Liao Historical Street District doesn’t look like much. You don’t see the colorful signs that you would normally see on most buildings in the surrounding area. Instead everything a little more subtle.

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The beginning of Bo Pi Liao and a view of the curved street.

The hallways just outside facing the main streets formed from brick columns and wooden beams create a nice visual. And GreenAfterTheRain says it reminds her of some areas of Singapore.

The actual Bo Pi Liao Street is a single curved street within the block. I found it interesting that there are two different explanations for why this street is curved (versus the straight gridded streets we’re used to of seeing today).

1. The streets are curved to protect the people in this area from pirates. The curved road allows residents to run away and hide.

2. Taiwanese ghosts can only travel in straight lines and the curved road protects residents from these ghosts.

Read more about Taiwanese ghosts from Patrick Cowsill, he explains both 1: the practical and 2: the superstitious explanation in his blog. Which explanation do you believe in?

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The left image above shows a traditional old sign and a new modern sign for 阿萬師國街館. Definitely shows the old and new right there. While strolling through Bo Pi Liao, I started trying to read the signs and that started getting confusing. Some read left to right and other read right to left. Why can’t they be consistent?

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Interesting trees and buildings

For us the Bo Pi Liao (Old Street) Historical District is where art meets history.

Below are a few of my favorite moments of art found in Bo Pi Liao. Some newer then others.

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My friend spotted this out to me hidden in a door way.

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From a patio area,what are those green things?

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And old ad for an old movie

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Chalk drawings on the old brick buildings.

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A Map of the Mengjia area.

Bo Pi Liao Historical Street District is part of a well preserved Bangka/Monga district of Taipei and is considered to be one of the oldest districts in Taipei. Other things in the district include the LongShan Temple and the Xi Men Red House.

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