Wanhua 萬華

Bopiliao Historic Block

Brief Introduction

Bopiliao Historic Block is one of the key attractions of Wanhua District that portrays some of the oldest and most historical architectures in the modern city life of Taipei. With a long history dating back to 1799 when it was first known as “Fupiliao” (福皮寮街), this street has been revamped, and officially opened to the public in 2009 again with a new appearance. Today, it serves not only as a preserved attraction popular among tourists but also a site that reminds and educates the locals of their traditional culture and history. This includes a wide range of traditional shop houses from the Qing dynasty (1683 - 1895) to buildings constructed during the Japanese occupation, (1895–1945) till early post war periods. 

Bopiliao lies within Kangding Road, Guangzhou Street and Kunming Street in the Wanhua District and is one of the most complete historical streets conserve in Taipei City. Some of its significant historical meanings include being the main route from Bangka to Guting Village in the Qing Dynasty. The end of Bopiliao Street used to be an important military base during the Qing Dynasty, as well as this street has witnessed the development of Bangka district. Therefore, centuries Old Street like Bopiliao has been successful in impressing visitors who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding and exposure of Taiwan’s rich and deep history.

The Education Center of Taipei City
This education center, being the gem of the Bopiliao Historic Block, is a must-see historic tourist attraction. Opened in 2006, it aims to collect, summarize and promote native history and culture while managing and incorporating this information into local education courses to enhance local students’ knowledge of the history and culture of Taiwan.

Within the education center are exhibits which describe the history of Bopiliao and its historical role in the Wanhua district. This includes introducing the progressive development of place names, specific features of architecture types and stories of old stores and of legendary influential people that made a difference in Taiwan (eg. George Leslie Mackay).

Snapshots of the exhibition

An interactive puzzle that informs visitors how the name of this historic street has changed over the years. E.g. During Qing Dynasty, the street was named Fudiliao Street.

Basic furniture used by the Taiwanese in the past. 

A view of the street from 2nd level of the Education Center.
On top of this, there are permanent exhibitions showcasing traditional Taiwanese education such as its imperial examination system to the medical developments in Taiwan. Other ad-hoc exhibitions change on a seasonal basis such as showcases on puppets.

The Medical Development Exhibition vividly showcases the different herbs and traditional medicine used by locals in Wanhua as well as how a typical Chinese Medical Hall would look like in the past. It also gives an overview of key doctors that helped to shape the medical field in Taipei today. 

A simulation of a classroom setting in Taiwan.
An ad-hoc exhibition that showcases traditional stage puppets. 

Contact Information
Tel: (02) 2336-1704
Website: http://hcec.tp.edu.tw
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays and holidays.

Other Historical Scenes
Along the street used to be shop houses such as Sun Book Binding Company (one of the earliest binding company in Taiwan) and the residence of famous doctors like Dr. Lu Chang.

While the facades of these shop houses remain, these places now house interesting exhibits with a wide variety of themes. This may include some art exhibitions that display architecture designs to abstract paintings.


Interesting Facts
The name “Bopiliao” has interesting origins. Some stories illustrate how the name was derived from the processing of tree barks while others used the peeling of cow skin as an apt explanation of how its name was first introduced.

Community projects initiated by Non-governmental Organisation at Bopiliao is common. As they aim to revive people’s adore and love for Wanhua, events such as inviting the old store, Changshou Tea Shop back to its original location for a day has been carried out. These activities aim to not only enhance greater cultural awareness among Wanhua residents, it also allow the older generations to reminiscent one of their favourite past time – to enjoy tea with a group of old buddies at Bopiliao. 

Directions / Methods of transportation to this destination(with map) 
Bopiliao lies within Kangding Road, Guangzhou Street and Kunming Street in the Wanhua District. It is locaed along Lane 173, Kangding Road, beside Laosong Elementary School.

Address: No. 101 Guangzhou St., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City 108, Taiwan (R.O.C)

By Taipei Metro: LongShan Temple Station (ShiYuan Road)
Buses to Longshan Temple Station:
Herping West Road:
1, 231, 234, 245, 263, 264, 265, 265 (right), 265 (left), 265 (night), 265 (interval bus), 628, 651, 656, 657, 658, 701, 702, 703, 703 (sub-line), 705, 907, Herping Line, blue 28, 201, 49, 527
Shiyuan Road:
49, 527, 673, 234, 265, 265 (right), 265 (left), 265 (night), 265 (interval bus), 38, 628, 673, 7
Kangding Road:
201, 205, 229, 231, 234, 242, 264, 38 (interval bus), 601, 62, 624, 628, 658, 701, 702, 703 (sub-line), 705, 9, blue 29, 49, 527

By Rail: Wanhua Railway Station

Lao Song Elementary School (Guanlin Road)
218, 218 (direct), 302, 628, 673, bleu 29

LongShan Junior High School (Naning Road)
202 (interval bus), 231, 245, 263, 265, 265 (right), 265 (left), 265 (night), 265 (interval bus), 310, 38, 601, 656, 657, 658, 701, 703, 703 (sub-line), 9

1 comment:

  1. Such a pity that it is left empty. It serves little purpose nor does it educate to the people of Taipei. If it has been used as commercial purposes in recent times then that should be part of history and be preserved, regulated and made into good use like any other city.