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The Kishu An Forest of Literature 紀州庵文學森林

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Friday:10:00 - 21:00




The “New Building of Kishu An” on Tongan Street was launched by Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs in an unprecedented attempt to dedicate a facility to literature. Operated by the Taiwan Association for Literature Development in June 2011, and officially known as “the Kishu An Forest of Literature”, the building incorporates scenic views of the Southside Literary Park into services both in- and outdoors, providing literature lovers a comfortable space to luxuriate in reading, writing, coffee, and surprising encounters with celebrated literary figures.

Soon to be restored, the historic Kishu An used to be a restaurant under Japanese colonial rule before being converted into personnel’s dormitory of the Chinese Nationalist government. It is the geographical center of an area in southern Taipei that features culturally significant streets and places in the history of Taiwan’s post-war literature, which include Kuling Street and two national universities. The area is the cradle of literary magazines/societies and prestigious publishers such as the Blue Star Club, the Chinese Literature and Arts Association, and Pure Literature Co. As the center of a literary Mecca where Lin Hai-yin and Lin Liang strived toward realizing their visions, alongside other prominent writers, Kishu An will be revamped as a historic symbol of Taiwanese literature.


Art and Cultural Centers Public Art
Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
No. 107, Tongan St., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

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Opening Hours

Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Monday Off day
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 21:00

Services & Facilities

  • Toilets


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  1. 0 Terrible
  2. 0 Poor
  3. 5 Average
  4. 24 Very good
  5. 21 Excellent

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  1. 5 Families
  2. 6 Couples
  3. 15 Solo
  4. 0 Business
  5. 13 Friends
  • liucy752

    Taipéi, Taiwán

    A popular attraction for local people, but not a must for foreign visitors.


    An elegant Japanese style building. It was originally a restaurant during Japanese colonial Period. After World War II, it was used as a dormitory for government employees from 1950s to 2000. The building has been approved as a City Heritage site by Taipei City Government. Along with a new building and the garden, the campus became a culture center, containing a book store, an exhibition center, a lecture hall and a restaurant. A great Taiwanese writer Prof. Wang Wen-Hsing (王文興) once lived here. The old residence of another literary giant Prof. Yu Kwang Chung (余光中) and two literary book publishers are located in the neighboring lane (not open to the public). So this park is called “forest of literature”. This is a beautiful and peaceful place. It is a popular attraction for Taiwan people, but not a must for foreign visitors.
  • 619jeffry

    Essendon, Australia

    Japanese-style pavilion


    Kishu An was first built in 1917, during the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945). Originally it was a Japanese-style pavilion. It was built close the Xindian River and has a pleasant outlook; it became a popular social area for residents south of the city. It was designated by Taipei City as a historical site in 2004. The site has literary associations; the Taipei City Government. now operates the "Kissan Literary Forest," which has become Taipei' City's literary base. Visitors are welcome.
  • NewYorkToAsia

    Nueva York, Estado de Nueva York

    Japanese Beauty


    Tucked in an out of the way place in Taipei, the home is beautiful. And you can enjoy a quick lunch and some tea at the restaurant next door.
  • kimitakas

    Taichung, Taiwán

    Traveler type:

    Con amigos

    Old Japanese restaurant


    This place used to be a Japanese restaurant. But once it was completely devastated, and the actual building is a reconstruction. Now it is a kind of literature cafe. It is relaxing and refreshing. It is a nice place to take a rest.
  • GH88

    Hong Kong, China

    Traveler type:

    En pareja



    1) I know, it’s ranked over 100 so shouldn’t expect much, but then again, some reviewers were a bit too generous. 2) If you’re a tourist, don’t waste your time. If you live here and have nothing else to do, then it’s a place to kill some time. 3) Gutin MRT Station, Exit 2, walk 15-20 minutes 4) two buildings and 1 garden ~ A) ex Japanese restaurant, now empty and opened for sightseeing purpose, B) newly built building, with small coffee shop and mini mini bookstore on ground floor. 2nd & 3rd floor can be rented to businesses for exhibition and training activities, C) garden ~ one eye see all 5) the ex Japanese restaurant building ~ free entrance but MUST take shoes off and MUST wear socks. Otherwise, can purchase socks in the bookstore for NT$20.

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