Wistaria House Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Mondays through Sundays Contact information Telephone: (8862) 2363-9459 Link:wistariateahouse
Address: No. 1, Lane 16, Xinsheng South Road, Taipei City Transportation By MRT: Take the Xindian line, disembarking at Gongguan Station. By bus: Lines 284, 3, 15, 52, 18, 311, 505, or Chihnan Passenger Bus #1; disembark at either the "Civil Servant Training Center" or "Longan Elementary School" bus stops.
Architectural style: Wistaria House was originally an old, one-story Japanese-style house. After it was damaged by a typhoon, half of the exterior of the structure was rebuilt as a two-story, Western-style house in 1960. Although it is a hybrid of two different architectural styles, through the meticulous placement of implements, art pieces and furniture, and the blending of historical hues, it ingeniously melds the two together, even creating an aesthetic atmosphere all its own.
Introduction The teahouse got its name from an old wistaria plant that grew along the front eaves. Wistaria House has gained a reputation for its promotion of the traditional art of the tea ceremony, and was innovative in establishing itself as a place for preserving traditions of culture, art and the philosophy of spiritual cultivation. In addition, it has been the meeting place of social activists and scholarly critics, and many cultural groups have on occasion met here for seminars and performances. This special combination has given Wistaria House a unique cultural and historical spirit and artistic charm.
Red Theatre (The Red House of Ximen) Hours of operation: 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekends and national holidays. Telephone: (8862) 2311-9380 Fax: (8862) 2311-9372 Link: www.redhouse.org.tw/
Address: No. 10, Chengdu Road, Taipei City Transportation By MRT: Take the Banqiao-Nangang line, disembarking at Ximen Station. Red Theatre is approximately a one-minute walk from Exit no. 1. By bus: Sanchung Passenger Buses (Wuku-Taipei, Chungkang-Beimen, Huilung-Taipei), Chihnan Passenger Bus #3, 221, 232, 235, 640, 513, 621, 257, 18 or Blue 2. Car: parking spaces are available nearby.
Architectural style The Red House of Ximen is an octagonal, two-story Western-style red-brick structure built in 1908. Originally called the “Octagon Market," it was designed by Kondo Juro, an architect working for the Japanese colonial government's civil engineering department. Its prominent features are red brick walls, and ceilings of steel reinforced cement. Its roof, however, may be its most unique feature: it is built from a framework of metal trusses, with a radially symmetrical shape, like an umbrella.
Introduction The first floor is an art exhibition space and gift shop, presenting a variety of cultural products, and providing the public with a host of alternative shopping selections. The Cafe also provides an exceptionally valuable dining service. On holidays, it is frequently filled to capacity, and every day of the week, the fragrant aroma of coffee wafts through its halls. In the second floor theatre, the building's unique architectural structure of large steel beams and the charming old-style feel of its redbrick walls are displayed with nearly no decorative embellishment. The entire theatre has the feel of an old-fashioned teahouse. Seating is provided with special wooden tables and chairs, and hot tea provided by service personnel, allowing visitors to take in an evening of marvelous entertainment in the most relaxing manner imaginable. The theatre accommodates 200 people.
The Lin Yutang House Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (cafe open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.). Closed Monday. Telephone: (8862) 2861-3003 Link: www.linyutang.org.tw/english/index.asp
Address: No. 141, Yangde Boulevard sec. 2, Shilin District, Taipei City Transportation Visitors can take the MRT and transfer to bus, in the following combinations. In each case, please disembark at the “Yungfu (Lin Yutang House)" bus stop. 1. MRT Shilin Station: Proceed to the Fulin Elementary School bus stop on Zhongzheng Road, and transfer to any of the following bus lines: 260, Red 5, 303, S 15, S 16 or S 17. 2. MRT Jiantan Station: Transfer to either Red 5 or 303. 3. MRT Taipei Main Station: Take bus No. 260.
Architectural style The Lin Yutang House is located midway up the slopes of Yangmingshan. Built in 1966, it was personally designed by Mr. Lin Yutang. A traditional Chinese four-sided dwelling with interior courtyard, it also incorporates Spanish architectural features. An intermingling of Oriental and Occidental styles, it combines a modern feeling with classical beauty.
Introduction In May of 1985, the Taipei City Government established the Lin Yutang Memorial Library, to commemorate the scholar's exceptional literary achievements. This was made possible due to the generous donation, by his wife Ms. Liao Tsui-feng, of his collected books, writings, manuscripts and other valuable objects. The Lin Yutang House includes an exhibition room, featuring articles belonging to the former resident, completely preserving its original appearance. The library exhibits Mr. Lin Yutang's manuscripts, book collection, English language typewriter, etc. The bedroom displays the scholar's bed and family photographs. In the living room, one can find his antique dining table, chairs and sofa. On the dining room wall hung a work of calligraphy with four Chinese characters meaning "Sanctuary of Moral Determination," personally written by Lin. Surrounding the dining table are chairs carved with the Chinese character for "Phoenix," designed in dedication to Lin's wife. In the "Reading, Seminar and Historical Document Collection Room" are scheduled lectures on literature and scholarly seminars held regularly. The in-house cafe is worthy of a poet's eloquent description. The central courtyard and other outdoor spaces are suitable for small-scale arts performances. The Lin Yutang House is a multifunctional arts space combining literature, relaxation, lectures and fine dining.