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The Red House 西門紅樓

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Tuesday:11:00 - 21:30




The Red House was constructed in 1908 by Japanese architect Kondo Juro, which was the first government-built public market in Taiwan and also the most well-preserved Class III historic building in the nation. The Red House consists of “Bagua" shaped Octagonal Display Hall as the grand entrance for it’s meaning— people visiting from all around the world, a characteristic Cruciform Building as main construction and adjacent South and North squares.

The Red House has been through few functions, shifted from public market, bookstore, cinema, to a theatre. More than a decade has passed since 2007 when Department of Cultural Affairs entrusted Taipei Culture Foundation to manage The Red House as a platform to promote Cultural and Creative Industry in the goal of reviving Ximending’s community. After gathering years of cultural and creative energies, Ximending is now considered as the most iconic location of Cultural and Creative Industry in not only Taipei, but all around Taiwan.


Historic Sites Art and Cultural Centers Public Art
Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
Phone Number
No. 10, Chengdu Rd., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

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Opening Hours

Sunday 11:00 - 21:30
Monday Off day
Tuesday 11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 21:30
Thursday 11:00 - 21:30
Friday 11:00 - 22:00
Saturday 11:00 - 22:00


Weekend Market Opening Hour
Saturday 14:00-22:00
Sunday 14:00-21:30

Services & Facilities

  • Accessibility for the Disabled
  • DIY
  • Venue rental
  • Dinning
  • Shopping
  • Toilets
  • Lost and found
  • Broadcast Service


Nearby MRT

G Songshan-Xindian Line Ximen

G Songshan-Xindian Line Xiaonanmen

G Songshan-Xindian Line Beimen

R Tamsui-Xinyi Line NTU Hospital

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  1. 373 Families
  2. 346 Couples
  3. 268 Solo
  4. 48 Business
  5. 383 Friends
  • Bulatai

    Sydney, Australia

    Worth visiting - restored theatre


    This is a restored theatre that was built during the Japanese occupation. It is not far from the Ximending pedestrian area. Inside there are stalls with local craftspeople and designers selling very unique products from handmade jewellery to retro Taiwan clothes and crafts. It is all made in Taiwan mostly. If you want something not run of the mill as a souvenir , this is the place to go. There is also a small cafe. Drop in and have a look. Nice oasis from the outside world.
  • vinasojung

    Singapore, Singapore

    you should visit, if you want to see those cute design items in Taipei!


    At the beginning, thought it's just one of the normal historical museums. but when I step in I've realised they sell a lot of stuffs of cute design items and souvenir for travellers. those souvenir looked very unique, like you can only find in Red house. Highly recommend if you are happened to go ximending area.
  • 619jeffry

    Essendon, Australia

    Historic building finds new direction


    The Red House was built in 1908, during the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945) to serve as a public market. The Red House has been renovated several times. It is built of red brick, with external brick buttresses. This octagonal building now functions as a business incubator for various artistic enterprises. They sell their output, these souvenirs are better than the usual tat you find in this area. The Red House is only a few hundred yards (meters) fro the Shimen MRT Station. It is closed on Monday. By the way, the Red House is surrounded by bars serving Taipei's vibrant GLBTQIA scene.
  • ECWorld

    Hong Kong, China

    Touristy historical building


    This octagonal building has a long history, and the structure attached to it was actually in the shape of a cross (not apparent to visitors at ground level though). Interesting architecture, and lots of touristy shops inside (include some that are fairly interesting). Good for a photo and some shopping but not that much else frankly.
  • boocat149


    Historical Building - BUT


    Ximen Red House within walking distance of Ximen Station was built in 1908 so it has a long history. Inside the building - look up to view dates and information regarding important events/changes regarding the Red House or pick up a small brochure that gives the history. The interior is mostly dedicated to shops selling souvenirs. Here was my introduction to a gender neutral bathroom which is just a bathroom where folks of all sexual orientation/identities may visit. The only interesting thing for me was the exterior and some of the history but unless you are interested in rebuilt architecture or purchasing craft items there is little of interest here. Walk down the side of the building where you will see what may be the now defunct theater box office. Further on stop in for a drink at one of the lively gay bars.

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