Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival (宜蘭國際童玩藝術節) is one of the largest children's festivals in Taiwan, occurring every year during summer break along the Dongshan River in Yilan. It features a large outdoor waterpark as well as musical performances, exhibitions, games, and cultural events. It has become a yearly tradition for many families in northern Taiwan.
The festival first began in 1996 and has continued every year, except for 2008-2009 due to lack of funds, in 2003 because of SARS, and in 2020 due to COVID. The completion of the Hsueshan Tunnel in 2006 made it much easier for large amounts of people to travel quickly from Taipei to Yilan. The large event attracts many visitors from Taipei. During summer weekdays and weekends the venue can be expected to be totally packed with visitors.
10 AM to 8 PM (pool area closes at 6 PM), starting from the begining of July to mid-August every summer.
350 NT on weekends and 250 NT on weekdays
50 NT parking fee for cars
20 NT parking fee for scooters
How to get there:
By car/scooter: From National Highway 5 in Yilan, take provincial highway 7 east to Dongshan River Water Park.
By bus: From Luodong TRA station, take bus GR21 to Dongshan River Water Park.
Please see below:
We have been to Tongwanjie once in 2022 and we loved it. We will probably go back every year we can as long as it is still running.
For an overview of the area, see our drone footage above.
Or check out our 360 degree panorama above.
The parking here is plentiful, so don't worry about not finding a space if you are driving a car here.
Map of the area.
At the front of the park, you can see remnants of some concrete play areas that are no longer in use.
The Donghe River comes into this little bay, and there are some paddle boat rentals here.
Finding a seat here can be hard. But every table has plenty of shade.
There is also a food stand here, but the biandangs sell out fast.
There are also free showers and lockers inside.
And portable potties.
And if you forgot your swim gear, you can buy some here.
We went on a weekday in August, and it was still super packed.
There are three main swimming areas about two feet deep each, with concrete barriers in between.
One part has a tubing slide, but kids need to be at least 130 CM to ride.
There is also a huge splash area in the middle.
And off to the side is a slide area into the water.
Along with another giant slide.
Rainbow over the splash area.
At dusk when the pool closes, there is a light and water spray show.
View of seating areas with christmas lights.
View over the river at dusk.
View of the sunset.
Diamond ring and Christmas light setup.
View looking west.
View to the east.
View from the air looking at Turtle Island.
View over the water park from the south.
View of the tight rope area from the south. You can ride a bike across a tight rope or go down a zipline here.
View of the Dongshan River looking at Turtle Island.
More complete view of the waterpark.
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