435 Art Zone 435藝文特區: A Splash of Color in Banqiao
You can easily find many museums, studios, and public spaces dedicated to art in Taiwan. There are countless old factories that are now trendy art galleries, and there are constant exhibitions and festivals. 435 Art Zone 435藝文特區 in New Taipei City isn’t exactly dense with art work, but it is a fun place to take photos. It’s also a great place for kids, as there are many hands-on art activities for children and a toy museum. Check out more photos from my visit after the jump.
There’s quite the dichotomy when you step foot on the grounds. On one side is Zhongzheng Memorial Hall, a large baroque style stone building. The building is surrounded however by colorful graffiti on the walls and chalk scrawling on the ground. It looked a bit like what would happen if every adult suddenly vanished and kids took over.
435 Art Zone has several venues ranging from exhibit halls to theaters. Inside Zhongzheng Hall is a stage where they occasionally hold performances. I also saw a balloon animal artist. Those guys are called artists right? I was a bit surprised to see just how much of the space was dedicated to kids. There were large rooms where kids could draw, play with blocks, and get their hands dirty with other artistic tools. I felt a bit out of place at times, but there are some things of interest for adults. There are more high-brow art galleries, though they are pretty small. It is an excellent place to take photos. The area is diverse with sculptures, graffiti, flower gardens, fountains etc. I saw many people posing for photos every few steps. It is a nice little area tucked away from the busy streets of Banqiao.
435 Art Zone also has a toy museum. Don’t be fooled, you won’t have a quiet stroll as you read info boards. The museum is also a giant toy box, and kids can do anything from play board games to ride bikes. The items on display are actually quite interesting. There’s a myriad of toys from all around the world and many look quite old. It’s difficult to take it all in though since there are dozens of kids running about. A ticket to the museum is 50NT, but you can go through it in maybe ten minutes.
While 435 Art Zone can’t compete to other beloved Taipei art spaces like Huashan and Songshan, it is a nice place to visit and take photos. Outside of the toy museum, it’s free to walk around. Enjoy some photos.
No.435, Zhongzheng Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 新北市板橋區中正路435號 (take the MRT to Banqiao Station, and transfer to the 307, 310, 786, 810, 857 bus to Banqiao Junior High School stop)