Da'an District or Daan District is an important educational, commercial, residential and cultural district of Taipei
City, Republic of China
(Taiwan). The name of the district means "great safety" or "great peace".
Da'an has numerous shopping areas. On Zhongxiao East Road, Dunhua South Road and neighboring alleys, there are clothing shops, restaurants serving world cuisines, and major department stores including three branches of the Pacific Sogo Department Store
, Breeze Center
, the Ming Yao Department Store, and the immense 24-hour Eslite Bookstore
. The East Metro Market runs underneath Zhongxiao Road between metro stations. Specialty markets include the Jianguo Holiday Flower Market, the Jianguo Holiday Jade Market, and the Guanghua Computer and Electronics Market.
Da'an's most famous night markets are the Tonghua Night Market, in the east of the district, and the Shida Night Market in the west, near NTNU. Because of its proximity to NTNU and NTU, the Shida Night Market area is known as a student hangout and is filled with foreign restaurants and student-oriented bars. Yongkang Street, another popular restaurant area and home to the original Din Tai Fung restaurant, lies to the north of NTNU. Located near NTU is also the Wistaria Tea House
, a quiet historic teahouse serving tea in the Gongfu style.
Other places of interest
Other notable places include the Da'an Forest Park, which was built on land formerly occupied by military officers and their families, and the Taipei Municipal Library. The park occupies an area of 26 hectare and includes an amphitheater, concrete roller- and inline-skating rink, ponds, pavilions, paths, and two underground parking lots. The park also has a popular playground for children. The Mongolian and Tibetan Cultural Center
, Taipei Hakka Culture Hall
, Wang Yun-wu Memorial Hall
and Taipei Grand Mosque
are also located in Da'an District. Museums in Da'an District are Museum of Archives, Museum of National Taipei University of Education and Museum of Zoology.
Da'an is better served by the Taipei Metro than any other district of Taipei with the exception of Zhongzheng
. The Wenshan
, Nangang, Xindian, Xinzhuang Line, Xinyi
Line, and Zhonghe
lines all have stations in the district. The district also contains one of Taipei's major interchanges at Zhongxiao Fuxing. The future Songshan
Line (under construction), and North-South Line (planned) will all have stations in this district.