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The Kishu An Forest of Literature 紀州庵文學森林

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Thursday:10:00 - 18:00




The “New Building of Kishu An” on Tongan Street was launched by Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs in an unprecedented attempt to dedicate a facility to literature. Operated by the Taiwan Association for Literature Development in June 2011, and officially known as “the Kishu An Forest of Literature”, the building incorporates scenic views of the Southside Literary Park into services both in- and outdoors, providing literature lovers a comfortable space to luxuriate in reading, writing, coffee, and surprising encounters with celebrated literary figures.

Soon to be restored, the historic Kishu An used to be a restaurant under Japanese colonial rule before being converted into personnel’s dormitory of the Chinese Nationalist government. It is the geographical center of an area in southern Taipei that features culturally significant streets and places in the history of Taiwan’s post-war literature, which include Kuling Street and two national universities. The area is the cradle of literary magazines/societies and prestigious publishers such as the Blue Star Club, the Chinese Literature and Arts Association, and Pure Literature Co. As the center of a literary Mecca where Lin Hai-yin and Lin Liang strived toward realizing their visions, alongside other prominent writers, Kishu An will be revamped as a historic symbol of Taiwanese literature.


Art and Cultural Centers Public Art
Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
No. 107, Tongan St., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

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Opening Hours

Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Monday Off day
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 21:00

Services & Facilities

  • Toilets


Nearby MRT

G Songshan-Xindian Line Guting

G Songshan-Xindian Line Taipower Building

O Zhonghe-Xinlu Line Dingxi

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4.5 46 Reviews Write a Review

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  1. 0 Terrible
  2. 0 Poor
  3. 4 Average
  4. 23 Very good
  5. 19 Excellent

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  1. 5 Families
  2. 5 Couples
  3. 14 Solo
  4. 0 Business
  5. 13 Friends
  • NewYorkToAsia

    Nueva York, Estado de Nueva York

    Japanese Beauty


    Tucked in an out of the way place in Taipei, the home is beautiful. And you can enjoy a quick lunch and some tea at the restaurant next door.
  • kimitakas

    Taichung, Taiwán

    Traveler type:

    Con amigos

    Old Japanese restaurant


    This place used to be a Japanese restaurant. But once it was completely devastated, and the actual building is a reconstruction. Now it is a kind of literature cafe. It is relaxing and refreshing. It is a nice place to take a rest.
  • GH88

    Hong Kong, China

    Traveler type:

    En pareja



    1) I know, it’s ranked over 100 so shouldn’t expect much, but then again, some reviewers were a bit too generous. 2) If you’re a tourist, don’t waste your time. If you live here and have nothing else to do, then it’s a place to kill some time. 3) Gutin MRT Station, Exit 2, walk 15-20 minutes 4) two buildings and 1 garden ~ A) ex Japanese restaurant, now empty and opened for sightseeing purpose, B) newly built building, with small coffee shop and mini mini bookstore on ground floor. 2nd & 3rd floor can be rented to businesses for exhibition and training activities, C) garden ~ one eye see all 5) the ex Japanese restaurant building ~ free entrance but MUST take shoes off and MUST wear socks. Otherwise, can purchase socks in the bookstore for NT$20.
  • ayAroundTheWorld

    Hong Kong, China

    Traveler type:

    En solitario

    Lovely restored heritage building


    Kishu An (about 10-15 minutes walk from MRT Guting Station) is a heritage building restored from a former Japanese restaurant built during the Japanese occupation period. It is also associated with a Taiwanese writer who had lived there during his childhood and also connected with literary establishments (publishing houses, etc) in the vicinity. With a modern annex building built next door with exhibition space/activities area/bookshop/cafe to complement Kishu An, the complex makes a pleasant visit, off the tourist beaten track. I went on a rainy day on a weekday and there were few visitors. The place is tranquil. Admission to Kishu An is free (but you have to take off your shoes and wear socks inside, to protect the floor). With the drizzle outside and lush green lawns around, the vistas framed by the sliding doors were lovely. Don't miss the cafe in the annex. They offer special rice/noddle sets, homely dishes recommended by writers, and coffee/teas/cakes, at very reasonable prices.
  • pa701009

    Taipéi, Taiwán

    Traveler type:

    En familia

    〈臺北‧捷運古亭站〉紀州庵文學森林 KiShuAn Forest of Literature ~~ 以春光佐詩歌,用文學伴飯菜


    Spring is coming! It's time to go outside, and enjoy sunshine, breeze, clear sky and green grass. However, for me, even going outdoor, it’s still a big issue to have some delicious food. As a result, I visited Ki Shu An Forest of Literature in Taipei, nearby no.2 exit of MRT Guting station. During the era of Japanese occupation, Ki Shu An is a high-class restaurant providing Kanto cuisines (one food style of Japanese), and its branch, where I’ve visited, was just next to Xindian creek. With the beautiful scenery, the branch of Ki Shu An was always full of gourmets. After the Recession of Taiwan, Ki Shu An was taken over by the government as a dormitory. There was a famous writer growing up in Ki Shu An. In addition, more well-known writers lived in the area around Ki Shu An. That’s why Ki Shu An relevant to literature. If you have a chance to visit here, don’t miss writer’s homemade cuisines, really tasty and not expensive. It’s Spring now, and come here! 初春時節若未逢乍暖還寒之時,則正是適合舉家出遊之際,不僅陽光和藹可親,更有春風輕拂相伴。不過 ... 只愛美食的我,再怎麼踏青也脫離不了 "吃" 這個字啊 ~ 於是乎,又找了一處既能享受綠意景致,又能坐享美食的好地方,更厲害的是,竟然還能增添個人文學習氣呢!這兒便是位於城南的 "紀州庵文學森林" ~~ 要了解 "紀州庵文學森林",就得先把這詞兒拆開,最前面的 "紀州庵" 三字,可是日據時期高朋滿座的料理名店,不過設址於此的是分店而非本店,但分店比本店多了新店溪畔的迷人水色,誰的業績長紅倒不一定呢!而 "文學森林" 則是因為紀州庵這裡在台灣光復後,不僅曾有文學家於此成長茁壯,還有不少騷人墨客於周邊出沒,更有出版社、書店林立於方圓百里之內,儼然就是當代的一塊文學寶地。最終,成為市定古蹟,而名為 "紀州庵文學森林"。 雖然如今的紀州庵不在提供當年華美的日式料理了,但目前所供應的作家私房菜,其美味程度與話題性似乎難分軒輊,而更難得的是價位上的親民 (也可以單純來參觀),讓這美食、美景不在如同昔日那般的遙不可及了,只要你願意,搭上便捷的台北捷運,馬上就能好好享受一番!

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