Hualien‘s Dongdamen Night Market is the largest night market in Eastern Taiwan. It is actually four night markets in one. The night market lies on the spot of a former train station, and is also connected to the beach via pedestrian bridge. Popular delicacies here include fried chicken, shish kabab, coffin bread, and braised duck head.
Dongdamen gets it's name because it lies on the east side of the city, literally meaning "east gate" however Hualien has never had walls or gates.
Dongdamen Night Market was formed in 2015 over the site of the former Hualien TRA train station. The Night Market features four night markets in one: Fuding Night Market, Aborigine Street, Gesheng Street, and Ziqiang Night Market. The night market has over 400 stalls and sees over 200,000 visitors per month.
5:30 PM to 11:30 PM open every day.
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: The night market lies on the central eastern part of the city along Chungshan Road and Chongching Road. There is free car parking inside and free scooter parking too.
By Train: From Hualien TRA station, take bus 301, or walk about 30 minutes.
I have been to Dongdamen Night Market about five times. It is an impressive night market and very large for such a rural part of Taiwan.
Entrance sign to the market.
The fake "East Gate" even though Hualien has never had walls or gates.
In the main Ziqiang Street Market.
Carnival basketball game.
Another view of the main Ziqiang Night Market.
Taro boba milk.
Deep fried egg onion pancake.
People in line for lamb shish kabab.
The famous coffin bread.
Main sqaure in between the four night markets.
Inside Gesheng Street.
Retired military vehicles.
More photos of the night market above.
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