Hen buildings, Taiping Old Street, Douliu

Taiping Old Street 太平老街

Taiping Old Street 太平老街 is an unusually long stretch of Japanese colonial era shophouses in central Dǒuliù 斗六, the administrative seat of Yúnlín 雲林, Taiwan. Located not far from the train station, this old street is remarkable for its length (600 meters long), consistent architectural style (almost entirely local variations on Baroque Revival), and relatively good state of preservation. Despite this, it is not a huge attraction, which is just as well if you’re not a big fan of mass tourism in Taiwan.

Hen 1/2, Taiping Old Street, Douliu
Baroque revival architecture on the streets of Douliu, the capital of Yunlin.
Japanese colonial architecture on Taiping Old Street
Sunburst facade on Taiping Old Street
Chohatsu building on Taiping Old Street
Ruby red facade, Douliu
Hen buildings, Taiping Old Street, Douliu

One thing you will notice about Taiping Old Street is that it isn’t unlike any other shopping street you’ll find in a similarly-sized city in Taiwan. Indeed, despite its historic nature, most shops are the usual mix of cheap clothing stores, tea shops, open kitchen restaurants, and other small businesses. Modern signboards protrude from most blocks but family names adorned with European-style flourishes can still be seen on many facades, some of which date back more than a century.

Heritage buildings on Taiping Old Street
A beautiful block of buildings in Douliu
An unusual facade on Taiping Old Street
Even more Japanese colonial buildings on Taiping Old Street
Let the sky shine through
Japanese colonial facades in Douliu
Japanese colonial architecture in Douliu
An empty shell at the southern end of Taiping Old Street
A modest facade on Taiping Old Street

I haven’t seen much other writing about Taiping Old Street in English but you’ll find more on Chinese language blogs here, here, here, and here. If you’re interested in the history of specific buildings—or in the famous food that is no doubt found in the area—Chinese language blogs are where you’ll need to look.

Taiping Old Street, Douliu

For more of my adventures in Douliu that same day have a look at my posts about the abandoned Douliumen Building 斗六門大樓 and the surprisingly awesome Douliu Night Market 斗六夜市. If you’d like to explore more old streets in central and southern Taiwan check out my posts about Yánpíng Old Street 延平老街 in nearby Xīluó 西螺 and especially Xīnhuà Old Street 新化老街 down in Tainan 台南.

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