Little Tokyo at Zhongshan: Historical and Architectural Sites Near Taipei’s Linsen North Road

Translated to Chinese by Teresa Lee.

Formerly the central hub of Taipei, Zhongshan District underwent several re-zonings and possesses an incredibly rich history — remnants of which are still evident in many of the buildings and parks in the area. After the conclusion of the Second World War, the government combined six districts into one and named it Zhongshan District after Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, better known in Chinese as Sun Zhongshan. Visit the following places and experience for yourself the convergence of a diverse blend of historic western and Japanese architectural influences from eras gone by.

中山區是台北市的舊市中心,經過數次區域重劃、充滿歷史回憶,在這裡的無數建築與公園也反映著鮮明的舊時代痕跡。二戰之後,國民政府將六個區域合併,採國父孫逸仙(孫中山)之名,命名為中山區。起身拜訪以下的景點,體驗舊時代中日歷史匯流之下產生的建築。

Xingtian Temple (行天宮)

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Delicately decked with dragons both on its roof and coiled around its columns, phoenixes and qilins to signify peace, the popular Taiwanese temple is dedicated to Guan Yu, a famous warrior in Chinese history who was also a patron of businessman. The temple also has inscriptions of poetic couplets on its columns, a traditional majestic sight to behold. Visitors can light incense sticks, cast divination blocks, draw bamboo sticks and “shou jing”, which is a religious ceremony to ward off evil spirits, as well as ask for a free amulet for good luck.

屋簷與門柱精雕盤龍、再加上象徵和平的鳳凰與麒麟,台北市香火鼎盛的行天宮供奉著中國歷史上有名的戰士、同時也是生意人守護神的關羽。行天宮的門柱上刻有詩文碑銘,也是一大壯觀之景。訪客可以點香祈福、擲茭、抽竹籤肅靜(傳統除惡的儀式),還能領取免費的好運護身符。

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SPOT Taipei (光點台北)

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The center of film in Taipei is housed the former American Consulate in Taipei, a white two-story Victorian-styled mansion with a Taiwanese interior. Held up by its doric columns, SPOT Taipei screens independent films from all over the world from 12pm to 12am everyday. It’s also home to the film-themed stores, exhibitions and conference rooms, as well as Cafe Lumiere – no doubt homage to the Lumiere Brothers, pioneers of film – an allusion that will no doubt bring a smile to any film buff’s face.

在台北美國領事館中的電影中心是一棟兩層樓的建築,外觀為維多利亞式、內部則是傳統台式的設計。光點台北採希臘陶立克式柱,每天從中午12點開始播放世界各地的獨立電影直到午夜。內部同時也包含電影主題商店、展館與會議室、以及魯米埃咖啡(電影攝影藝術先驅),絕對讓電影迷們歡欣鼓舞。

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Zhongshan Presbyterian Church (中山基督長老教會)

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The intersection of Linsen North Road and Chang’an East Road is a peculiar sight. Sitting at this corner is a magnificent Gothic church with a three-tiered bell tower topped with a cross that stands out from its increasingly modern surrounding. Originally the Taisho Street Anglican Church during the Japanese colonial period, the Zhongshan Presbyterian Church preserves in its interior its cruciform floor plan, the original organ, pews and donation box and was named a historical site in Taipei in 1996. The church’s white, washed granolithic walls and stained glass lancet windows are particularly breathtaking to behold at night.

在台北市林森北路及長安東路交叉口有一個奇景——一棟宏偉哥的德式建築,有著以十字架為頂的三層鐘塔,從周遭現代的建築中矗立。中山基督教長老教會的前身為日治時代泰壽街的英國盎格魯教堂。此建築於1996年被設為台北市歷史遺址,內部設計還保持著古老的風琴、長椅、和捐獻箱。夜晚時,陳舊的白色人造石地板及尖頂窗構成一幅令人屏息的美景。

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Taipei Story House (台北故事館)

Built in 1914, the Taipei Story House is a historical building that is built in the style of English Tudor architecture with a classical style entrance and pagoda-like staircase. The house was originally constructed by Chen Chao-chun, a tea merchant from Dadaocheng, who used it as a guest house for rich merchants and other important local figures. It has since been transformed into a museum with exhibits related to tea and local history and themed exhibitions and workshops every month.

建於1914年的台北故事館是一棟都鐸英式的建築,有著傳統英式的入口、以及亞洲浮屠式的階梯。此建築原本由大稻埕茶商陳朝駿所建,用以作為當地富商及重要人物的接待所。後來,它被轉化為博物館,每個月舉辦和茶或當地歷史相關的展覽及工作坊。

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Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum (林安泰古厝)

Lin An Tai Historical House is the most well-preserved and maintained traditional houses in northern Taiwan. Built in the 18th Century by the Lin family, the 160 year old house is called “An Tai” to represent Anxi County and Rong Tai Company and is famous for its delicate carvings.

林安泰古厝是北台灣保存最良好的傳統建築。林安泰一名是安溪縣及榮泰行的結合,這棟160歲的建築是於18世紀由林家所建,以細緻的雕刻聞名。

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Tsai Jui-Yueh Dance Research Institute (玫瑰古蹟—蔡瑞月舞蹈研究社)

The dance institute is named after Tsai Jui-Yueh, a pioneer of modern dance in Taiwan. Dance lessons, performances, historical exhibits and a cafe are all housed within this Japanese-styled building constructed in the 1920s.

蔡瑞月舞蹈研究社以台灣現代舞先驅蔡瑞月命名。在這棟於1920年代所見的日式建築中,有著舞蹈課程、表演、歷史展覽、及咖啡店。

image via Tsai Jui-Yueh Dance Research Institute

Shandao Temple (善導寺)

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Taipei’s largest Buddhist Temple was built during the Japanese rule and formerly the Jōdo-shū Taihoku Betsu-in, a branch temple of Jōdo-shū. The temple is housed in three buildings, two with nine stories and another with seven. Taken together, the temple serves multiple functions; besides its main hall, there are several conference rooms, parking lots, administrative offices and different areas for worship.

善導寺是台北最大的佛寺,建於日治時期、前身為台北市淨土宗別院(淨土宗的分支)。此建築包含三棟,兩棟為九層、一棟為七層。綜合起來,善導寺能有多種功能,除了主要大廳、還有許多會議室、停車場、管理室、以及不同的祭拜區域。

image via Shandao Temple

Linsen & Kangle Parks (林森、康樂公園)

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Split in half by Linsen North Road, the Linsen and Kangle parks lie on the site of a public cemetery during the Japanese occupation and a post-occupation refugee shelter. Visitors’ five senses will no doubt explode from the overabundance of sensory experiences at these parks, created in the early 2000s to be a garden of multi-sensory experiences. From a stone garden, grassy flower areas, a water fountain, walking paths and playgrounds, the parks make for a nice, quick escape from the history-laden streets of Zhongshan.

林森康樂公園座座落於以往日治時代的公墓及光復後的避難所,由林森北路從中橫跨一分為二。來此的訪客無疑會受到這裏豐富景觀的強烈感官刺激,這也是此公園於2000年設立時的目的:創造一個帶來多重感官體驗的後花園。從公園、草木橫生之處、泉水池、行人步道、到遊樂區域,林森康樂公園是負載著歷史記憶的中山區最好的去處。

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