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TPL Vintage Photo Exhibition – Appreciating the Former Luster of Taipei Over the Last Century

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Post date:2020-02-18



TPL Vintage Photo Exhibition – Appreciating the Former Luster of Taipei Over the Last Century
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中華路一段174-1號, Wanhua Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
With over 100 years of heritage, Taipei is home to countless geographic landmarks and cultural relics. This year, Taipei Public Library (TPL) handpicked over 100 photos to organize the Taipei City Vintage Photo Exhibition at the Shuxin Hall of Taipei City Archives from February 20 to March 5, featuring themes such as government buildings, transportation, construction, architecture and the everyday life of citizens.

Founded by the Qing Empire, Taipei City’s gates are located at important thoroughfares that provide access to Taipei. With the city’s modernization, some of the gates have been demolished, only the city gate remains standing today.

With bookstores lining the street, Chongqing South Road is also known as Book Street; Zhonghua Road is home to the Zhonghua Mall, famed for its wide selection of gourmet delicacies frequented by gourmands; Xinsheng South Road features various towering religious buildings, earning it the moniker Heaven Road; Hengyang Road boasts the first department store in Taiwan during the Japanese occupation period, it was also known as Ginza; the photos also document how military dependents took up a temporary shelter at Daan Park when the Nationalist Government first arrived in Taiwan. Other places documented in the photos include Taipei citizens’ weekend destinations such as Taipei Astronomical Museum, Taipei Children’s Amusement Park, Yuanshan Zoo, and 228 Peace Memorial Park.

In addition to selecting photos acquired in recent years for the exhibition, the TPL has also compiled photos collected over the past decade into the Old Town x Ancient Streets x Vintage Taipei eBook. Containing the history and cultural heritage of Taipei City, the photos will be available both online and in the form of a book for the public, so that they can reminisce about their childhood memories by viewing the vintage photos.

It is hoped that the photos will evoke the sentiments of Taipei citizens or those who have visited Taipei before, so let us discover the old Taipei that is buried deep in our memories.


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