Yingge Old Street 鶯歌老街: Make Your Own Souvenir

Make your own pottery at Yingge Old Street.

Make your own pottery at Yingge Old Street.

 

Yingge doesn’t just have an interesting museum, but is also acclaimed for its old street 鶯歌老街.  This one focuses on ceramics and pottery, though it has your typical elements of an old street such as red brick buildings, souvenirs, and snacks.  You can even get your hands dirty and make your own pottery.  Check out some pictures from my visit.

A view of the entrance.

A view of the entrance.

Walking around the street.

Walking around the street.

A huge vase.  Try not to bump into it.

A huge vase. Try not to bump into it.

Several stores have pretty much anything you can think of.

Several stores have pretty much anything you can think of.

The street is filled with stores selling art and knick knacks.

The street is filled with stores selling art and knick knacks.

There's a good variety of stores to check out.

There’s a good variety of stores to check out.

The highlight is making your own pottery.  It costs about 100-150NT to try, but you need to pay an additional 300NT or so if you want to keep what you make.  It's a lot of fun and I highly recommend it!

The highlight is making your own pottery. It costs about 100-150NT to try, but you need to pay an additional 300NT or so if you want to keep what you make. It’s a lot of fun and I highly recommend it!

It's hard to do at first, but once you figure it out you will have a lot of fun.

It’s hard to do at first, but once you figure it out you will have a lot of fun.

A long hall way.  You're greeted with another ceramic store at the end.

A long hall way. You’re greeted with another ceramic store at the end.

I noticed it was less crowded than other old streets.

I noticed it was less crowded than other old streets.

A night view.

A night view.

There's a wide array of ceramics to check out, from high priced decorations to kitchen wares to art pieces.

There’s a wide array of ceramics to check out, from high priced decorations to kitchen wares to art pieces.

Bowls everywhere.

Bowls everywhere.

Although the subject matter may not pique your interest, I found it to be more relaxing than other old streets which can get very crowded.  There’s also a nice variety of stores, some quite large, so you can spend a lot of time shopping.  There are also many places to try your hands at pottery, which is definitely a must-do.  Couple this with the museum, and some other areas of interest, and Yingge makes for a good day trip if you live in Taipei.

Location

Take the TRA to Yingge Station and turn right (follow the signs, it takes about fifteen minutes to get there)

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Posted on February 17, 2014, in Art, New Taipei City and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi there, I’m planning to go to Taipei tho christmas and was looking for some DIY activities. This sounds awesome – Is booking required for the DIY pottery? Are you able to please provide an address for the DIY activity? and do you know what the opening hours are like? I noticed many attractions are closed on Mondays..?

    Cheers,

    Kelly.

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