Monday, December 10, 2012

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National Taiwan University, Taipei

12/10/2012 Taiwan Explorer

It's been some time, since I've been walking around Taida, in fact, it took me almost 3 years to visit this beautiful university again. Few days ago the never-ending winter rain in Taipei gave us a break and I decided to revisit Taiwan's most prestigious university. Taida 台大 is short for National Taiwan University 國立臺灣大學 (also shortened as NTU), is located in the southern part of Daan, one of Taipei's central districts. The university was established in 1928 during the Japanese occupation and was called Taihoku Imperial University 台北帝國大學 (source). After Taiwan's retrocession to ROC in 1945, the university received the current name. You can read more about the history here. The best thing about Taida's main campus is the space. It feels like one big park (it's actually bigger than the Daan Forest Park), but it's more than that. It has a feel of history on the one hand and one of the most vibrant community of all Taiwan's universities in the present times. What I liked a lot was the image of bicycles dominating the roads and lanes. You'll hardly see an image like that in other parts of Taipei, which are usually full of cars and scooters. Gosh, how I miss those times, when I was a student.

Let's explore Taida's main campus together:

Once you enter through the Roosevelt Gate, you see the Palm Tree Boulevard.

Pedestrians, bicyclists and cars share the road.

You can see various old buildings along the boulevard.

There are two smaller lanes on the side reserved for pedestrians.

An old building from Japanese times (resembles a warehouse).

Another old building almost covered by old trees.

Girls like to be driven around this way - it's cute.

The Fu Bell is found on the university emblem - it's a reminder of discipline and enlightenment. It's located in the exact middle of the Palm Tree boulevard.

This is the College of Liberal Arts opposite the Fu Bell.

A closer look of the building.

This is the main administration building.

It's one of Taipei's landmarks.

How refreshing to see students enjoying themselves like that.

The cyclists are the kings.

I went to see the College of Liberal Arts from close.

It's a very lovely building.

Next to it is a newer building.

This is the General Library at the end of the Palm Tree Boulevard.

It's quite a large building, when you zoom in.

A look back on the Palm Tree Boulevard.

I spotted Taipei 101 in the distance.

The General Library from close.

I saw students gathering on the lawn in front of the building.

It appears, that they were shooting a music video.

After I finished watching their interesting performance, I decided to head back.

After I saw grey clouds above the campus, I escaped into the abyss of the Taipei Metro.

Since Taida is a public university, you can enter whenever you want during the day, walk around and take photos. It's very easy to find, because it's located right next to Gongguan MRT Station (Exit 3). Here is a map of the campus for your reference.

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Map and useful information


Pinyin: Guólì Táiwān Dàxüé (Táidà)
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