Four Four South Village (aka Forty-Four South Village) is a former military dependents village that has been converted into a cultural park in Xinyi District of Taipei City. Now it is home to cafes, arts and crafts stores, bookstores, and a community center. Also, it has great views of the Taipei 101. It is worth visiting if you are in the area.
Four Four South Village was named and built for the 44th Arsenal of the Combined Logistics Command and their families in 1948, after the ROC military retreated to Taiwan following defeat in the Chinese Civil War. The houses were cheaply built out of wood, concrete, bamboo, and tiles. The houses were small, and everyone had to share a communal bathroom. There was also no running water when it was built. Part of the village was destroyed in a fire in 1999, and the whole village was planned to be demolished in 2001, but local residents and cultural experts persuaded the government to preserve part of the village as a cultural heritage site. Now it sits as an important historical site close to the Taipei 101.
How to get there:
By MRT: Take the MRT red line to the Taipei 101/World Trade Center station. The village is just a short one minute walk south.
By Car/Scooter: The village is just south of Xinyi Road, southwest of the Taipei 101. There is paid parking nearby.
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I have driven past Four Four South Village many times, but I never actually knew what it was or what historical significance it had. It turns out that it is one of many military dependents villages in Taiwan. The site has been well preserved and has an amazing view of downtown Taipei's skyscrapers.
In the middle of the village is a large square, which I think used to be homes that were later demolished.
The Taipei 101 looms large in the distance.
Statues as chairs.
Old banyan trees.
Arts and crafts store.
Another view of the square.
Dependents village museum.
Another view of the museum.
The other side of the square.
Peering down the back alley.
Behind the village is a small park.
A lady walks down a narrow alleyway.
Brightly colored doors.
Gardens nearby. I think these houses were once partially underground, or they had a military purpose.
View of the 101.
Another view of the 101.
View of the Taipei 101 tower at night from 44 South Village.
For more photos of the area, see the gallery above.
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