With the capacity to design, provide all components and even OEM and assemble, Taiwan plays a critical role in consumer electronics products worldwide.
Not only are there complete supply chains and industrial clusters, but also a retail store cluster.
Located in the region surrounded by Songjiang Road, Jian-guo Road, Civic Blvd and Bader Road, the cluster is dubbed as Taipei Akihabara.
Akihabara is actually a retail cluster for consumer electronics products in Japan; the commercial products retailed in this region exude distinctive Taiwanese style.
There are three places that are a must for strolling around.
The first one is the Bader Road situated between Songjiang Road and Jian-guo Road.
The second one is Syntrend Creative Park.
The third one is Guang-hua Market, which is Guang-hua Digital Plaza connected to Syntrend Creative Park.
The segment of Bader Road between Songjiang Road and Jian-guo Road can be dubbed as the Street of Computer, Communication and Consumer Electronics in Taipei.
The newest consumer electronics products, components, printer accessories and related products or even factory repair centers can be found here.
Parking spots are readily available in the underground parking lots inside Syntrend Creative Park and Guang-hua Market; however, we suggest that you take MRT or public transportation as you could almost stumble at every step driving during the rush hour.
Turning into a small alley from the Street of Computer, Communication and Consumer Electronics, you can see Syntrend Creative Park and Guang-hua Digital Plaza.
Syntrend Creative Park
Syntrend Creative Park was completed in 2015. It has a 6-story underground parking lot and height of 12 stories above the ground.
Although there are only 7 stories currently in use, it's already one story more than Guang-hua Digital Plaza next door.
It introduces the so-called trendy information lifestyle, making a crossover into cultural contents from hardware manufacturing.
Operated through investments made by Hon Hai Precision, Syntrend Creative Park represents the showcase for future transformation of the information industry giant in Taiwan.
Upon walking into the first floor of the creative park, you can feel the magnificent atmosphere. From the ground to the ceiling, every beam column is encased in large TV walls.
It is similar to a large information department store, and there are different contents in each of the 7 stories.
There are a Starbucks and a trendy Japanese fashion eyewear store on the first floor.
There are cultural and creative goods on the second floor; we also saw high-end audio electronics.
Their emphasis on parent-child interaction is perhaps the most distinctive. For instance, there are animated toy stores, children's goods and strollers on some of the floors.
There are also cafes. If the whole family gets tired after walking, you get to stop for a rest.
We saw some children on site trying out the newest virtual reality technology.
Stroll around Syntrend Creative Park and witness firsthand the pinnacle of visual experience brought to you by the modern technology.
The Guang-hua Market next door was originally located beneath Guang-hua Bridge, between Songjiang Road and Xinsheng South Road.
The bridge was taken down in 2006. The marketplace relocated to the current location and was renamed "Guang-hua Digital Plaza." There are 6 stories in use.
The newly established marketplace preserved the PC parts, sports goods, photography equipment and used books originally retailed in the old Guang-hua Market.
The vendor booths are more spacious than those initially beneath the bridge, and the ventilation is more ideal. The first floor is the exhibition area for computer goods.
There is also the spacious and well-lighted Food and Drink Area.
From the second floor to the sixth floor, there are elevators and escalators providing convenient access to any vendor booth.
The interior compartments and decoration are still very traditional compared to Syntrend Creative Park, yet it highlights the pragmatic aspects of shopping and preserves the old spirit of the marketplace.
If you are looking for computer products, parts and accessories, coming to this place is similar to treasure hunting, which is very interesting.
If you have a whole day to spend, check out Hua-shan Creative Park nearby to experience more cultural fun.