Shangzhi Rd., Hualien City, Hualien County 970, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
For fifty years, Taiwan was ruled as a Japanese colony, and its colonial master has left a stupendous impact over the island — culturally, historically and culinarily. For example, Hualien Railway 1909 has some great stories to tell about the colonial past.
Hualien Railway 1909 was converted from the former office where Japanese engineers stayed during their business trips to Taiwan. Today, there are two buildings in the complex serving different purposes. The first one is the administrative office hidden in a traditional courtyard house with a spire on top, where historical records and photographs are kept. From old railway facilities to train tickets and nostalgic uniforms, these material preserved from the Japanese Colonial Era will help you better understand the colonial history of Taiwan and how it was written.
The second building is now where Hualien Farmers Market takes place every Saturday. At the market, you can find local organic produce in abundance, and it has been drawing a surprising amount of people who come to understand the health and social benefits of organic produce. Sometimes, the market features special events, including musical performances and cooking demonstrations. Combined with culture, history and environmental protection, Hualien Railway 1909 is a great place for adding exploration to your travel experience.