When it comes to Taiwan cultural and creative crafts, there are several places in Taipei City where you can do some treasure hunting.
For instance, we previously wrote about Hua-shan Creative Park and Songshan Cultural Park.
Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Taipei Branch
There is Taiwan Handicraft Promotion Center with numerous types of commodities on Xu-Zhou Road; there is also Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute, Taipei Branch worth checking out on Nan-hai Road.
Although this branch is not big, we specifically want to introduce it due to the fact that you can check out the production flow and even visit the surrounding attractions on your way, such as National Two Two Eight Memorial Museum across from Taiwan Council of Agriculture Authority.
Continue going forward for a bit, and there are a history museum and botanical garden. The botanical garden, which was the very first one in Taiwan, occupies a wide area.
It preserves the rich ecology for plants and animals. Inside the garden is the oldest herbarium in Taiwan.
Contrary to what you would think, the National Taiwan Craft and Research Development Institute main branch is actually in Nantou. The one in the captial is a Taipei branch, accentuating the concept of "cultural decentralization."
The building resembles a mini Temple of Heaven, Beijing. Interestingly, this building full of Chinese dynasty vibes used to promote science education, but now showcases Taiwan excellence.
Walking inside, you can see various artistic creations surrounding the very distinctive spiral stairs.
There are natural wood furniture pieces made in Taiwan.
There are pottery items created by artists.
It utilizes graphics and images, including the commonly seen globefish in Taiwan.
There is a protected bird species Black-faced Spoonbill.
There is also an endemic species Taiwan Landlocked Masu Salmon.
As for practical ceramic, there is a stylish incense burner.
There are various types of tea sets.
There are also pottery items from Yingge, New Taiwanese Tenmoku Glaze and various types of firewood pottery and porcelain.
You get to witness the production flow of a metalworking and pottery workshop on site. You can try to DIY.
Aside from Taiwanese creations, the museum displays various foreign art pieces from time to time, such as textiles.
There is also a thematic introduction to Taiwan.
National Two Two Eight Memorial Museum
On the same street is National Two Two Eight Memorial Museum. This building is a third-tier historic site.
It was the Taiwan Education Association Building during the Japanese colonial era and the first modernized art and culture museum in Taiwan.
It became the provisional Taiwan Provincial Consultative Council after the war. This is also the historic site where Two Two Eight Incident took place.
After 1959, it became the United States Information Agency, acting as an important window for Taiwanese assimilating democratic culture during the authoritarian rule.
It officially became a memorial hall in 2011. After going through the entrance, you can see the introduction to the history of this building on the right side.
There is a permanent exhibition inside the museum, explaining the background of Two Two Eight Incident. There are stories of the victims, various collections of historical documents and introductions to the families of the victims.
There are also non-scheduled exhibitions of human rights campaigns and films from various countries, connecting Taiwan human rights campaigns with the world.