Nangang's Bottle Cap Factory, now POPOP Taipei, was a Japanese era factory built 80 years ago and stopped production in 2004. Now it has been converted into a space for meetings, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, musical performances etc.
Nangang's Bottle Cap Factory was built during the Japanese era in 1943, and continued operating until 2004, providing bottling parts for over 14 wine manufacturers. It was then abandoned until 2010 when Taipei City chose the spot for urban revitalization. The bottle cap factory renovation was completed in 2020.
Currently there is space for meetings, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, musical performances, a night market, and more. On weekends it attracts hundreds of visitors especially when there are special events.
10 AM to 6 PM every day
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: Take Civic Boulevard or Nangang Road to Nangang Station. The bottle cap factory is just north of the station, across the street. There is paid parking at Nangang Station.
By TRA/HSR/MRT: Take the TRA/HSR/MRT/inter-city bus to Nangang Station. The bottle cap factory is just north of the station, across the street.
Please see below:
I have passed the bottle cap factory in Nangang hundreds of times. I live in Nangang. I have seen that the area had been under construction for the past few years, but recently in 2022 have I really noticed activities and events going on there. I am glad that Taipei City took the time and effort to save such an important historical monument and convert it into a useful space for the community.
The bottle cap factory sits under the shadow of Nangang Station, where Intel Taiwan headquarters are located.
Map of the buildings here.
There is cowering space as well as a DIY craft area here.
I assume you can read the sign above.
There is also an old guard station here, not sure if soldiers were stationed here or not, but that is definitely a gun turret.
A man plays his guitar in front of a crowd.
A bar inside one of the buildings.
Night market stalls along the newly refurbished Nangang Bottle Cap Factory (POPOP Taipei), selling DIY art and snacks. Nangang has not had a night market in the past, so I guess this can be considered the only night market in Nangang.
Another view of the market.
DIY craft store in the factory.
Trinkets for sale.
View of the outside of the factory.
Parking lot in the back of the factory.
Inside the co-working/craft space are a bunch of log sculptures, that use a bunch of split logs for furniture and décor.
Split log decoration.
Another split log table(?)
View of the main classroom/DIY area.
Display of old bottle caps made in the factory.
Co-working space/workshop space.
Random logs roped together.
Tables and chairs made from logs.
Empty space available for use.
Chinese Yoyo performer in the main square.
View of the Yoyo player from above.
Decorations on the outside of the factory.
View of the main part of the night market.
View of the main building.
People enjoying the Yoyo performance.
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