The Red House
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. Inside The Red House you will find the perfect place for a relaxing teatime “The Red House Tea Shop”, a Taiwanese style craft shop with goodies selected from all over Taiwan “The Red House Select Shop”, “Creative Boutique” is an exhibiting and sales space which is also dedicated to promoting small business in Cultural and Creative Industry and a professionally equipped performance space with retro and elegant decoration. The Red House also has events promoting different cultural experiences such as regular-scheduled guided tours, creative seminars, craft workshops, weekend creative market, theatrical performances from time to time and special exhibition in Central Display Area. 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, The Red House is now considered as the most iconic location of Cultural and Creative Industry in not only Taipei, but all around Taiwan. Awards: 1. In 2008, The Red House received “Best Historical Site Revitalization" project at the 7th Taipei Urban Landscape Award. 2. The Red House took over management of Taipei Cinema Park in 2009 and contracted public art installation “Urban Show Case" which held mesmerizing memories of the city and won golden award for “Urban Aesthetics: Public Open Space" in 2010.

History of The Red House in the Past 100 Years

1908 Ximen Market Octagonal Display Hall-Red House was completed. Ximending became a popular spot for Japanese visitor. It became the entertainment center for Wanhua, Dadaocheng, and Chengnei due to its flourishing developments.The Japanese also regarded it as an important recreational area in Eastern Asia.
1945 After the Japanese suffered defeat in world war Ⅱ. Large numbers of Mainland Chinese immigrants settled in Taiwan with the KMT government, which marked the beginning of a glorious history for The Red House Theater. The immigrants found comfort in Huyuan Beijing Opera, The Red house talk shown, Golden Drama.
1963 The Red House Movie Theater was popular among westernized youngsters. Black & white martial arts movies, second-run cinema (western films), local costume films, etc. were shown at The Red House Movie Theater. Movie-watching was therefore an experience shared by many.
1990s Old stores and mottled buildings in violation of ordinances suffered setbacks following eastward urban developments.
1994 "Red Chamber Dream; Ximen" showcase events created new opportunities.
1997 The Red House was proclaimed as a Class III Historical Site. The Red House Movie Theater closed down later the same year.
2000 Cruciform Building and buildings in violation of ordinances at South-North Square burned down. The post-disaster development turned over a new leaf for The Red House.
2002 Paperwindmill Arts Foundation was involved in ‘The Red House Theater Historical Site Rebuilding. Performance groups staged performances in a collaborative effort to bring back the bustling and joyous atmosphere of The Red House market.
2007 The Taipei Culture Foundation was commissioned to operate the Red House; later, it was transformed into a must-visit landmark in the tourist-packed Ximending area.
2008 The century-old Red House received “Best Historical Site Revitalization" project at the 7th Taipei Urban Landscape Award. The Red House hosts creative market every weekend to provide an emerging opportunity for business owners in Cultural and Creative Industry and allow a face-to-face interaction with consumers.
2009 The Red House took over as the management and planning authority of Taipei Cinema Park as well as the street performers in Ximending Pedestrian Area. It introduced a volunteer staff system to expand the customer base while providing improved services. The graffiti wall in Taipei Cinema Park, meanwhile, was declared the silver medalist in the Public Open Space category of The Face of Taipei City Award.
2010 The Red House Tea Shop began operations as an independent tea house, featuring exhibitions of creative items in the dining area for an unprecedented tea-tasting experience. The Cradle of Cultural Creative Dreamer, opened in September, gave the century-old Red House a total makeover, highlighting the contrast between the old-fashioned Octagon Building and the creativity-filled Cruciform Building. The Taipei Cinema Park, meanwhile, added to its premises the Urban Show Case as a haven for both the art of street performing and teenage subculture.
2011 The Red House Lantern was launched as part of the “Taipei Lantern Festival”. The CINEMArket kicked off in the Taipei Cinema Park; this not only gave publicity to the street subculture, but also raised awareness for community development and environmental protection.
2012 To encourage creativity and preserve its grassroots heritage, a themed marketplace “City Live! The Cultural & Creative Amusement Park” was launched in addition to the first-ever Ximen Halloween Parade and a retrospective exhibit of XIMEN BACKSTREET FESTIVAL.
2013 A platform was created for crossover collaborations between independent performers/exhibitors and marketplace for original arts or designs. Projects included: “The RED HOUSE × HAND in HAND MARKET”, “Taipei Original Festival @ Songshan Cultural and Creative Park”, and an exhibition of original art brands co-organized by CityInn Hotel, which expanded the local cultural and creative synergy.
2014 In 2014, The Red House partnered with Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in a cross-venue and cross-district collaboration to launch the “Goodsmarket for Art and Craft”. The new marketplace offers an alternative development platform for cultural and creative workers in addition to The Red House.
2015 Cruciform Building went on a year’s renovation and The Creative Boutique, a creative business incubator, received a makeover and revealed its new look in the end of 2015. The revamping concept was to restore Taiwan’s first marketplace and grocery bazaar with a modern touch. The revamped Creative Boutique provides local cultural and creative labels with retail spaces in an aesthetically unique mall setting in Taipei’s west end.
2016 The Octagon Building was closed for the largest-scale renovation in the last 100 years.
2017 For the first time, the Taipei Lantern Festival was held in the west side of the City with its main theme lantern being displayed on the square of Ximending’s Red House, attracting numerous international visitors.
2018 The century-old Red House is officially reopened with its prosperity revived by repositioning itself as the welcoming reception area of Taipei’s west side.

 

 

Tour Services
Group reservation:please make reservations 7 days in advance.

 

Information
Tel:+886-2-2311-9380
Fax:+886-2-2314-2927
Address:NO.10,Chengdu Rd.,Wanhua District,Taipei City 108,Taiwan,R.O.C.
Opening hours:Sun~Thurs 11:00~21:30(Closed on Mondays)
          Fri~Sat 11:00~22:00
Website:www.redhouse.org.tw
E-mail (customer service):service@redhouse.org.tw

 

Transportation
MRT:1-min walking distance after taking the Bannan Line (blue) MRT-Ximen Station No. 1 Exit.
Bus:Ximen Market Station—18、1503、221、232、235、257、513、621、635、637、640、663、783、797、799、835、Blue 2.
Parking:
Jhongshan Underground Parking (No. 1, No. 98, Yanping S. Rd., Taipei City)
Ermei Parking Tower (No. 83, Ermei St., Taipei City)
Taipei STD Center Underground Parking (No. 100, Kuenming St., Taipei City)
Cruciform Parking (B2~B3, No. 36, Xining S. Rd., Taipei City)
Luoyang Parking Tower (No. 1, Section 1, Huanhe S. Rd., Taipei City)

 

Supervising Unit:Department of Culture Affairs
Operating Unit:Taipei Culture Foundation, The Red House

 

Getting Here

 

Located Graphs of The Red House