Situated across National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Zhongxin Market is a small block encircled by Wuquan 1st Street, Wuquan W. 2nd Street and Wuquan W. 3rd street. Zhongxin Market used to be a busy traditional market. However, it gradually quieted as economy growth declined in Taiwan over the years.
There are only a few outlets left in this once-busy market – meat and vegetable operators are around from 4am to 10am; food stalls in the periphery open for breakfast and lunch. Some older people still live in the tiny shop units; , a bookstore and a cafe have moved into emptied premises. All this makes Zhongxin Market(忠信市場) an interesting place to wander – quiet, with strange shafts of light from random openings and sounds from a television.
Zhongxin Market was a centre of commercial activity in the ’60s and ’70s when the dormitories of the US army lay just across the road where the Museum of Art is. But after official ties between Taiwan and the US were severed, the market went into a decline. The museum appeared in 1988 and the neighbourhood was subsequently turned into a residential area in the 1990s.
Today, the abandoned old market has transformed into a creative space home to artists. The once busy marketplace is now a slow-paced platform for new generation artists to showcase and exchange their unique aesthetics. New comers kept the original structure of the old houses and injected brand new artistic and cultural planning. ZSpace is a cool gallery, usually open 5pm to 9pm Thursday and Friday, from 2pm Saturday and Sunday.
-Located in: Central Taiwan
-Features: Historical Site, gallery, creative space
-Highly recommend to: History Buffs, New generation artists, Art Enthusiasts, Hipsters
-Opening Hours: 14:00-22:00
-Address: No.67, Sec. 1, Wuquan W. Rd., West Dist., Taichung City, Taiwan