Datong District, Taipei

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Datong
大同區
District
Dihua Street Market
Dihua Street Market
Datong location.jpg
Country Taiwan
Region Western Taipei
Divisions
Area
 • Total 5.6815 km2 (2.1936 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 12th of 12
Population
 • Total 129,949[1]
 • Rank Ranked 11th of 12
Postal code 103
Datong District, Taipei
Traditional Chinese 大同區
Literal meaning Great Harmony District
Dadaocheng (old name)
Traditional Chinese 大稻埕

Datong District or Tatung is a district of Taipei City, Taiwan. It is located between the Taipei Metro Red Line and eastern shore of the Tamsui River, and between Civic Boulevard and the Sun Yat-sen Freeway. The southern part of this area was previously the site of Dadaocheng, one of the first settlements in what is now Taipei and for a time the area's commercial center.[1]

The Dihua Market has many buildings built during the Japanese colonial era.
The Taipei Confucius Temple is adorned with southern Fujian-style ceramic adornments.

Overview[edit]

Taipei's commercial center has since shifted south east to Zhongzheng, Daan and Xinyi, and Datong is far less important economically. One of the last vestiges of Dadaocheng's commercial importance disappeared with the closing of the Jiancheng Circle market in 2006. The north was the site of the village of Dalongdong.

History[edit]

During the Qing Dynasty, the district was initially named Balanbong, which was renamed to Dalongtong in 1844. Following the Second Opium War, a port was opened in Dadaocheng for international trade. Foreign trade resulted in the economic development of the district. In 1946, the name was changed again to the current Datong. In 1990, the district merged with neighboring Jiancheng and Yanping Districts to create today's Datong District.[1] The district is named after the Confucian notion of utopia.

Tourism[edit]

It is most notable for its Japanese colonial era and Qing dynasty architecture, especially along Dihua Street (迪化街). It is also famous for the Dihua (Tihua) Street Market during the Lunar New Year holidays. The market sells dried fruits, nuts, dried meats, dried seafood, snacks, and health drinks.[1]

Other attractions in Datong include Tianma Tea House, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Lin Liu-hsin Puppet Theatre Museum, Taipei Confucius Temple and Bao-an Temple in the Dalongdong area, and the Xiahai City God Temple near Dihua Street.[1] Datong also contains the Yongle Market (also on Dihua Street), Ningxia Night Market, Yansan Night Market and Dalong Night Market.

Economy[edit]

TransAsia Airways formerly had its headquarters in Datong District.[2][3]

Transportation[edit]

Datong is served by the Taipei Metro Red Line and Orange Line. It will also be served by the future Songshan Line.

By road, the district is served by National Highway No. 1, Provincial Highway No. 1, and Provincial Highway No. 2.

It is also the location of the Taipei Bus Station, the largest bus terminal in the city.

Notable people[edit]

Local Food[edit]

  • Red Tea House(紅茶屋), Bubble tea(珍珠奶茶)
  • Pineapple cake(鳳梨酥), 維格餅家

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "About Datong District". Taipei City Government. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  2. ^ "foot_01.gif." TransAsia Airways. Retrieved on January 7, 2011. "Address: 9F, No. 139, Cheng-Chou Rd., Taipei 103, R.O.C"
  3. ^ "09-guestbook.aspx." TransAsia Airways. Retrieved on January 7, 2011. "地址:台北市大同區103鄭州路139號9樓"

Coordinates: 25°03′35″N 121°30′51″E / 25.05972°N 121.51417°E / 25.05972; 121.51417