The National Taiwan Normal University 國立臺灣師範大學, commonly known as Shida 師大, is one of Taiwan's most famous public universities. Its roots go back to 1922, when the Taiwan Governor-General Colleges 臺灣總督府高等學校 were established under the Japanese rule. Since I went to the nearby National Taiwan University a few days ago, I felt I have to visit Shida as well, especially because I have never been there. I was mostly interested to see the old buildings and to feel the atmosphere and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Sadly, the weather was not that good for a photo shoot with my wife's old Pentax, because the sky kept changing from blue to grey to white. Nevertheless, I think my photos are good enough to convey the basic idea how Shida's main campus looks like.
To learn more about Shida, click here. To find the university campus, go to Guting MRT Station, then go out at Exit 5 and walk straight. After 10 minutes, you will see the big university gate on your right across the street, you really can't miss it. I recommend visiting Shida to those tourists, who are interested in Japanese colonial architecture and are looking for something off the beaten track and something cozy. If you need a place to hang out and soak in university feeling, Shida is a much better option than Taida, because it's smaller and full of benches and tables for you to sit and relax, perhaps sip a Taiwan beer and take few pics. Coffee is a good alternative, too.
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