Treasure Hill is a former military dependents village in Taipei, which has been converted into an art village. In addition to understanding more about Taiwan's wartime history here, you can also appreciate the many art spaces and coffee shops in the village. This place is a hipster's paradise.
Treasure Hill was originally an anti-aircraft location for the Japanese military during WWII. The barracks and dormitories leftover by the Japanese were later taken over by KMT army veterans after the KMT retreated to Taiwan in the late 1940's. There were also a few illegal structures added to the village made from cement and sand from the Xindian River. After 1960, the area was converted into a military dependents village for the families of army veterans.
After years of no illegal renovations and add-ons. the Taipei City government planned to demolish the village in 1980, and some were destroyed. However, because the city could not find a place for the poor families that still lived there, the demolition was halted. In 2006 demolition of houses near the riverside was completed, and over 100 residents were moved out of the village. Later on, the remaining legal houses were converted into the international arts village, and a few residents were allowed to remain.
Tuesday to Sunday 11 AM to 10 PM
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How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: From Roosevelt Road, turn right toward Tingzhou Road Section 3. There is paid parking on the north entrance.
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By Bus/MRT: Take the MRT to Gonguan Station. The village is about a 10 minute walk away. You can purchase a discount easy card to use on the MRT from Klook here or KKday here. You can also book an MRT travel pass on Klook here.
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We have been to treasure hill twice. I recommend that you get there after 11 PM and before 6 PM, otherwise most of the art spaces and shops will be closed.
I enjoyed it and I recommend going! I found this old village very interesting. The whole area is beautiful. However if old half-torn-down villages are not your thing, feel free to skip it. I would like to emphasize you need to get there after 11 AM and before 6 PM. I didn't make that window, so when I visited most of the shops were closed, so I feel like I didn't get down to the real meat of the village.
For an overview of the area, check out our drone footage above.
You can also see our 360 pano above.
Aerial view of the village, the most prominent feature being the Boazang Temple.
View of the village from another angle. I imagine that the grassy areas here were all once illegal houses.
Another view of the village.
At the front entrance there is a parking lot for cars, and also a hiking trail that goes to the village.
Murals along the levee here.
Artists map of the village.
Baozang Temple and the start of the village.
Another map of the area.
There is a basketball court here where an old military barracks used to be.
There is also a Ubike station here.
View looking down on the village.
View inside the temple.
View of the roof.
View further inside the temple.
Main shrine of the temple.
Behind the temple is the main entrance to the art village.
The village is only open Tuesday to Sunday 11 AM to 10 PM.
There is a guard here who will stop you if you try to enter before 11 AM.
Since I came too early the first time, I came back later at a different time.
Each building is marked as an exhibition space, work space, coffee shop, or someone's house.
ROC flag in the wind.
Map of the area.
The Xie house.
Looking up an alley.
"You are sexy" in Chinese.
A bear mural.
Coffee shop which had closed up for the night.
Looking down the alleyway.
I presume someone lives here.
Another temple up the hill.
Cat guarding a shrine.
View looking toward the Xindian River at night.
Another coffee shop.
View looking down from above.
Another view of the Xindian River.
Courtyard on top of the hill.
Someone's half destroyed bathroom.
Another view from above.
View looking west.
Closed off area.
Maybe a coffee shop closed early.
Another view looking back at the village.
Further into the village.
Attic coffee shop which was still open.
An old kitchen on display, likely left over from the KMT era.
Another look back at the kitchen.
Someone's old bathroom floor.
A couple enjoys the night air.
Look over the Xindian River.
Hole where someone's toilet once stood.
Someone's curvy tile floor.
An old kitchen or bedroom.
Fortune cookie sculpture.
Romantic place to spend an evening.
Fortune cookie sculpture from another angle.
Another great view.
Closed art space.
This takes you on a hiking path over to the Taipei Water Museum.
Map of the area.
Another map of the area.
Looking back at the courtyard on top of the hill.
Another look at the Xindian River.
Looking back up at one of the buildings here.
Walking in the dark.
Same area during the day.
Gardens near the forest area.
Looking back from the grassy area.
View of the village from the riverside.
Map of treasure hill.
You can see more photos of the area above.
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