Street art is becoming a big obsession. One of the first things that I do when I decide on a new destination is to find out whether or not I’m going to get my fill of street art. When I decided to be in Taiwan for two weeks, and Taipei for a large majority of that, I knew I needed to scope it out. Luckily, one of my favorite things to do while traveling is just to wander the streets. And from wandering and gaining some insight from a local in Taiwan, I was able to find some of the best Murals in Taipei.
Taipei may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of street art culture, but be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. In Taipei street art and better yet, good street art is easy to come by. The capital of the island country of Taiwan is rife with large and small scale street art.
Here are my favourite photos of the street art that I saw. And as always, if you know of any more, leave them in the comments!
Weaving through the streets of the Ximending Shopping District can be tough (and overwhelming), but it’s also a great place to find some awesome street art and murals. Check out the side streets to find the best ones. Clearly I got a bit carried away in this area!
Many shops in Taipei enlist street artists to paint their shutters. If you’re really interested in Taipei street art, then an early morning walk before the shops open and the shutters go up is a must.
These types of long walks are perhaps the best because you inevitably come across something you would not otherwise.
Alternative culture and street art in Taipei has really come a long way over the last few years. For many it’s becoming an essential part of their identity and who they really are deep down – but it wasn’t always that way.
Go back ten years to the streets of Taipei and you’d probably see a number of things. Street markets, full of stalls selling mountains of hot noodles mixed with tofu of all types and smells. Stalls displaying T-shirts covered in characters from The Simpsons and South Park, with badly translated speech bubbles coming from their mouths. You might have even spotted a few tags of graffiti on a wall or two, but they were mostly hidden down alleyways, where only those who really needed to, tended to ever see them.
Fast forward to the present, and the food stalls are still there, beneath the clouds of steam, but there’s something new and colourful that’s taking hold of not just the alleyways, but the streets of Taipei with arts.
If you want to read all my blog posts on street art, you can click onto this link to browse the compilation: