An Eclectic House in Taipei

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A funky old house near Shida in Daan district.

The urban landscape of , like most Taiwanese cities, is dominated by concrete, metal, glass, tile, and asphalt, but there are occasional exceptions that add some much-needed colour. Take this funky old house fronting onto Gǔzhuāng Park 古莊公園 in , for instance. So what’s the story? An eccentric old man (kindly referred to as bóbo 伯伯, or uncle) lives here, decorating his home with all sorts of kitschy junk: musical instruments, wood-carvings, poems, paintings, statues, spinners, and various other ornamental gewgaws, knickknacks, baubles, and charms. He’s quite friendly and apparently invites people into his home to look around, if this story is to be believed. Were I more proficient in one of the local languages I’d take the time to hang out and see what happens. Maybe some day!

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