Nicknamed the “Akihabara of Taipei”, the Syntrend Creative Park opened its brand new doors on Friday. But with so many creative and technology parks in Taiwan, what’s so different about this one? At over two acres (about 2,600 ping) in size with a fancy food court, the new addition to Taipei’s city center is set to be a new paradise for tech enthusiasts to have a full day geeky retreat, with a vintage twist. Here’s everything you should know about the latest tech hotspot and what it offers.
“Syntrend” stands for “three achievements” in Chinese, with the three being creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. It’s meant to provide a platform for local young talents to exhibit their latest gadgets but also showcase older and retired vintage tech tools. The 12-story tall arena derives from a collaborative project between Hon Hai Precision Industry and the Taipei City Government.
Other than rows and rows of shops with endless tech logos like most digital plazas, Syntrend is built like a high-end shopping mall with plenty of space to roam. Although it’s not meant to be a place for big steals on name brand tech toys, there are still surprisingly great deals. It’s also home to concept stores opened by Intel, Apple and Samsung, featuring the latest futuristic and interactive gadgets for hands-on experience. The kids will enjoy the visit, too, with a “Maker Junior” section dedicated to children and teens, allowing youths to try out tech tools. Furthermore, there’s even a throwback aspect to the tech park, with an actual vinyl and phonograph shop on the fifth floor.
Syntrend is conveniently located right next to the existing Guanghua Digital Plaza; there’s even going to be a sky bridge built between the two tech hubs to ensure that tech vampires will never have to be exposed to sunlight, just kidding. Within minutes from the Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT station, Syntrend appropriately neighbors the National Taipei University of Technology, the Bade shopping district and the Huashan 1914 Creative Park.
The 12 floors of Syntrend Creative Park are categorized as follows:
1F – “Look”
Shops: Taiwan Mobile, Chunghua Telecom, HTC, the Intel Concept Store and more.
2F – “Touch”
Shops: Acer, Asus, Lenovo, HP, Racer, MSI, Transcend and more.
3F – “Click”
Shops: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm and Ricoh
4F – “Create”
Shops: Act168 Travel Agency, Thunder Tiger Corporation and more.
5F – “Listen”
Shops: Syntrend Vinyl, Infocus, Bose, Philips Fidelio, Harman Kardon and Sennheiser.
6F – “Game”
Shops: Gigabyte, Beast Kingdom Toys and more.
7F – “Play”
Shops: Playmobil, Mr. Sai Science Toy Factory, Cafe Ballet Baby Kitchen and more.
8F – “Explore”
9F – “Dine”
10F – “Dream”
11F – “Make”
12F – “Show”
Note: Only floors one to seven are currently open to the public. The opening date for the other floors have yet to be announced.
feature image via Syntrend Creative Park