Taichung in Taiwan is a colorful city and a dream destination for photographers. Be it for the beautiful spots, historic sites, or amazing dishes, this Taiwanese city always has anything for everyone. The high-speed rail that connects from Taipei makes it easier to travel to Taichung.
Today we are going to cover 9 most Instagrammable places in Taichung, so make sure you add them to your bucket list.
The artwork on the walls of Rainbow Village was created by an ex-soldier Huang Yung-Fu, who was born in Taishan County. The colorful artwork includes people, birds, and animals and is spread over 1,200 homes.
Rainbow village used to be a military dependent, and in the 1990s, the government started to renovate the village with new high rise buildings. However, the Taiwanese people didn’t like it and so they started protesting against this move. But it was the 87 years old Huang Yong-Fu who expressed his displeasure in a unique way that gave rise to Rainbow Village.
Today the village is one of the top tourist attractions in Taichung, and while taking you cool photos, you can learn about a lot of Taiwanese histories, culture, and legends.
📍 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/3MFGJ5bAGpUZvFFJA
🏠 Address: 408, Taiwan, Taichung City, Nantun District, 春安路56巷25號
🕒 Hours: 8 AM-6 PM
Another Insta op in Taichung is this old abandoned building filled with street art and graffiti. If you find a vantage point, you can take a picture of the roof of the building with a view of the city. Qianyue is the most fascinating abandoned building you will ever come across. Even more surprising is that the building still remains aloft in the center of Taichung, which adds to the strangeness.
Visitors are allowed to enter inside and explore the building.
📍 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/pdu2APSntebnid8v5
🏠 Address: No. 113, Luchuan West Street, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400
🕒 Hours: 8.30 AM – 6.00 PM
I’m Talato (Cafe)
At the entrance of this amazing building, you will be greeted with a nonconcrete looking see-saw piled high with gigantic cones of ice cream, giving away that this is a café. The seats are booked like hot chocolates – pun intended, and so if you want to enjoy some ice cream before taking the shots of the building, you will have to come earlier. An entry ticket costs 150 NTD and it includes 2 scoops of gelato.
While inside, you can enjoy unique flavors including chocolate and Matcha as well as Dragonfruit, blue pea with lemon, and sweet potato with cheese.
I’m Talato is also a great spot for Instagram photos due to its colorful ice creams and the ice cream swimming pool.
📍 Location: https://g.page/imtalato
🏠 Address: No. 451號, Yingcai Road, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403
🕒 Hours: 11.30AM-6PM
The National Taichung Theater
Another great spot for taking Instagram photos is at the National Taichung Theater located in the Situn District in Taichung. The building covers an estimated area of 57,685 square meters and was designed by a Japanese architect Toyo Ito alongside Cecil Balmond at Arup AGU.
The photo op is the good architecture of the building both interior and exterior, and you can even wander inside without having to buy a ticket.
📍 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/hvYV8hVTp1pWhF667
🏠 Address: No. 101號, Section 2, Huilai Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407025
Totoro Bus Stop
If you are a fan of My Neighbor Totoro by Miyazaki, this bus stop will evoke the memory of one scene where Satsuki waits at a bus station for her dad in the and then Totoro gives her shelter.
This is not an actual bus stop, but a dedication to the 1980’s classic animated film.
Next to this piece of art is a Home Doctor, a house repairing and interior design company whose owner built the entire bus stop by himself, with a gigantic grey structure made out of scrap wood.
📍 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/eu1Vcz6wKTC2
🏠 Address: No. 133, Qiaocheng Rd, Dali District, Taichung City, Taiwan 412
Painted Animated Alley
Known by locals as Painted Animation Lane, this photo op is located on a small side street in downtown Taichung. The walls have all sorts of paintings including manga comic characters, Super Mario, Mr. Bean, Looney Tunes, and the Minions.
Street art is usually a common sight in cities around the world, but in Taichung, instead of using graffiti, the painted alley is decorated with our beloved cartoon characters from our childhood.
The alley is short, which means you can easily focus your camera and get a shot of a good deal of the artwork.
Before you visit this walkway, certain parts are well lit but others are not, so make sure you visit during the day or use a flash on your camera.
📍 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/htW8QF1MsvSbZi8E7
🏠 Address: Lane 100, Linsen Road, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403
Dali Art Plaza
Dali Art Plaza is located in Dali District in central Taichung. Besides the building itself, the garden behind the shopping mall has numerous art statues to photograph.
📍 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/UaaWQmjepYSZ5iHp9
🏠 Address: No. 1號, Keji Road, Dali District, Taichung City, Taiwan 41267
Attracting artists and photographers alike, Zero Space is a beautiful minimalistic building with a great color scheme that makes it an excellent place to take some Instagram snaps.
The purple floral pattern makes Zero Space a dream photo op for every photographer.
📍 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/eAbodiaMqGtooQNo6
🏠 Address: No. 308號, Section 3, Taiwan Blvd, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407
Taichung Railway Station
The architecture of this railway station dates from the periods of Japanese rule and is categorized as the National Tier 2 Historic Site. The railway station has some cool statues in front to take pictures.
📍 Location: https://goo.gl/maps/aPa13zr8bzsW3gdj7
🏠 Address: No. 1, Section 1, Taiwan Boulevard, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400