The “art parks” in Taiwan’s capital are proof that art need not be constrained to staid and stuffy galleries. Take Huashan 1914 Creative Park. This century-old complex – formerly a Japanese colonial-era winery – now regularly hosts large-scale exhibitions and installations, in addition to hipster cafés and design stores. Over at Xinyi district, the grounds of a former tobacco factory are now home to Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, one of the largest arts spaces in Taipei. Here, you’ll find Eslite Spectrum, a multi-storey complex housing the Eslite bookstore, a vinyl store and indie shops where visitors can pick up a piece of art for their homes.

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