Taipei Thing #16: Visit 228 Peace Park at night

1 Jun

Nighttime stroll

Besides seemingly wanting to get me stuffed, Jesse also proposed some exercise – of the mildly frightening variety. His idea was to make a nighttime visit to 228 Peace Park. When I told my friends Curis & Shelley of this plan during our dinner at KGB, they didn’t think it was a very good idea, pointing out that it’s very dark there at night. However, when I was passing sometime after 11:30, it didn’t seem so scary to me.

During my stroll, I ran into a number of park characters: foreigners having a drink next to the pond, a homeless guy digging through trash for something to eat (he found an unfinished bag of Lay’s), a random guy seemingly trying to steal things from the tents along the main walkway (where vendors sell things in the daytime), a guy sitting in front of the stage all alone, with a couple doing the same thing not far way, lone joggers, gay men hanging out by the pagoda, a guy reading the newspaper under the monument, women in business suits hurrying through the park in the direction of the MRT, and students passing through in a loud group. In short, there were still plenty of people around despite the late hour, which made me feel fairly secure. I’m not sure the scene would feel that way a few hours later, but I’m not particularly interested in finding out, at least by myself.

If you’d like to find out exactly where the name of the park comes from, check out this article on the 228 Massacre.

And here are some of the things you might come across in the park:

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4 Responses to “Taipei Thing #16: Visit 228 Peace Park at night”

  1. Anna June 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    That doesn’t sound so bad 🙂 Apparently it’s a gay pickup spot at night (but you probably knew that), still not particularly dangerous for a woman, but perhaps not a good place to hang out in the middle of the night either.
    Have you read Bai Xianyong’s Crystal Boys (or seen the tv series)? Takes place for a large part in this park, and both book and series are great.

    • ktvxiaojie June 13, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

      Haha – yes, I did know that. And yeah, I wouldn’t have wanted to stay there much later. I think it clears out a lot more after the MRT closes. Will have to find the book!

  2. catherine_sr July 31, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    My question is… do 228 Memorial Park’s famous bushy black squirrels stay out after night? Every time I go there (during the daytime), there are squirrels with giant hordes of people around them.
    I’m enjoying your blog a lot, btw!

    • ktvxiaojie August 2, 2010 at 10:18 am #

      I don’t remember seeing any squirrels, though I have to admit I was trying to keep alert to random crazies who may or may not have been lurking in the shadows. Perhaps I’ll make another trip at night to find out.

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