Da'an District, Taipei

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Da'an
大安區
District
Ren'ai Dunhua Circle
Ren'ai Dunhua Circle
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Country Taiwan
Region Western Taipei
Divisions
Area
 • Total 11.3614 km2 (4.3867 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 7th of 12
Population
 • Total 313,461 (January 2,014)[1]
 • Rank Ranked 1st of 12
Postal code 106
Da'an District, Taipei
Traditional Chinese 大安區
Da'anzhuang (old name)
Traditional Chinese 大安庄

Da'an District or Daan District is an important educational, commercial, residential and cultural district of Taipei City, Republic of China (Taiwan). The name of the district means "great safety" or "great peace".

History[edit]

The district is named after a village that was once located near the intersection of present-day Xinyi Road and Fuxing S. Road. The village was originally called "Daiwan" (Chinese: 大灣; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tāi-ôan), but was later changed to the more auspicious but similar-sounding "Da'an" (大安; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tāi-an).[2] The name "Da'an" is pronounced as two syllables ("Dah-ann").

Geography[edit]

Da'an is bounded on the east by Guangfu South Road, Keelung Road and Heping East Road; on the south by Neipu, Fuzhou and Toad Hills, and the Xinhai and Zhuangjing Tunnels; in the west by Roosevelt Road, Hangzhou South Road, Xinyi Road and Xinsheng South Road; and in the north by Civic Boulevard. It is bordered by Xinyi District to the east, Wenshan District to the south, Zhongzheng District to the west, Zhongshan District to the northwest, and Songshan District to the northeast.[3]

Government institutions[edit]

Education[edit]

Da'an is the home of three major national universities: National Taiwan University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and National Taiwan Normal University. The former two universities have strong engineering programs, and NTU also has a highly regarded medical school located in the Zhongzheng District.

The National Taipei University of Technology, National Taipei University of Education and Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University are also in this district.

Zhongxiao Road, a major commercial street in the district

Shopping[edit]

Da'an has numerous shopping areas. On Zhongxiao East Road, Dunhua South Road and neighboring alleys, there are clothing shops, restaurants serving world cuisines, and major department stores including three branches of the Pacific Sogo Department Store, Breeze Center, the Ming Yao Department Store, and the immense 24-hour Eslite Bookstore.[4] The East Metro Market runs underneath Zhongxiao Road between metro stations. Specialty markets include the Jianguo Holiday Flower Market, the Jianguo Holiday Jade Market,[5] and the Guanghua Computer and Electronics Market.

Da'an's most famous night markets are the Tonghua Night Market, in the east of the district, and the Shida Night Market in the west, near NTNU. Because of its proximity to NTNU and NTU, the Shida Night Market area is known as a student hangout and is filled with foreign restaurants and student-oriented bars. Yongkang Street, another popular restaurant area and home to the original Din Tai Fung restaurant, lies to the north of NTNU. Located near NTU is also the Wistaria Tea House, a quiet historic teahouse serving tea in the Gongfu style.

Da'an Forest Park is a large public park in the area

Residential[edit]

Da'an also offers some of Taipei's most expensive residential real estate, clustered around the tree-lined Dunhua South Road, Anhe Road and Ren'ai Road areas (known as the East District). As of 2009, Guangfu Road had the highest residential land value.[6] In this area there are upscale fashion boutiques, elite retail shops including Shiatzy Chen, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, and many of Taipei's renowned "lounge bars".

Other places of interest[edit]

Other notable places include the Da'an Forest Park, which was built on land formerly occupied by military officers and their families, and the Taipei Municipal Library. The park occupies an area of 26 hectare and includes an amphitheater, concrete roller- and inline-skating rink, ponds, pavilions, paths, and two underground parking lots.[7] The park also has a popular playground for children. The Mongolian and Tibetan Cultural Center, Taipei Hakka Culture Hall, Wang Yun-wu Memorial Hall and Taipei Grand Mosque are also located in Da'an District. Museums in Da'an District are Museum of Archives, Museum of National Taipei University of Education and Museum of Zoology.

Zhongxiao Fuxing Station platform

Transportation[edit]

Da'an is better served by the Taipei Metro than any other district of Taipei with the exception of Zhongzheng. The Wenshan, Nangang, Xindian, Xinzhuang Line, Xinyi Line, and Zhonghe lines all have stations in the district. The district also contains one of Taipei's major interchanges at Zhongxiao Fuxing.

The future Songshan Line (under construction), and North-South Line (planned) will all have stations in this district.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Daan District". Taipei City Government. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  2. ^ http://english.taipei.gov.tw/daan/index.jsp?categid=834&recordid=436
  3. ^ http://english.taipei.gov.tw/daan/index.jsp?categid=704
  4. ^ "Zhongxiao Bazaar and MRT". Taipei City Government. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  5. ^ "Holiday Jade and Flower Markets". Taipei City Government. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  6. ^ "Shin Kong Tower to have land value of NT$3.39 mil. per ping: land dept.". The China Post. 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  7. ^ "Da'an Forest Park". Taipei City Government. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 

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Coordinates: 25°1′35″N 121°32′4″E / 25.02639°N 121.53444°E / 25.02639; 121.53444