Da'an District ( ) is an important educational,
commercial, residential and cultural district of Taipei City.
- For the Belgian music band, see Daan .
The name of the district means "great
safety" or "great peace". The district is named after a village
that was once located near the intersection of Xinyi and Fuxing S.
Roads. The village was originally called "Dawan", but was changed
to the more auspicious but similar-sounding "Da'an". The name
"Daan" is pronounced as two syllables ("Da-an"), rather than
Daan is bounded on the east by Guangfu South Road, Keelung Road and
Heping East Road; on the south by Neipu, Fuzhou and Toad Hills, and
the Xinhai and Zhuangjing Tunnels; in the west by Roosevelt Road,
Hangzhou South Road, Xinyi Road and Xinsheng South Road; and in the
north by Civic Boulevard. To the east is Xinyi District, to the south is Wenshan District, to the west is Zhongzheng District, to the northwest is
Zhongshan District and to the
northeast is Songshan
district is the home of three national universities: National Taiwan
University (NTU), National Taipei
University of Technology, and National Taiwan
Normal University (NTNU).
The former two universities have
strong engineering programs. (NTU also has a highly-regarded
medical school located in the Zhongzheng
Daan 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 Sogo Department
, the Ming Yao Department Store, and the immense 24-hour
. Specialty markets
include the Jianguo Weekend Flower Market, the Jianguo Weekend Jade
Market, and the Guanghua Computer and Electronics Market.
Daan's most famous night markets are the Tonghua Night Market
, in the east of
the district, and the Shida Night
in the west, near NTNU ("Shi-Da"). 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
, another popular restaurant area and home to the
original Din Tai Fung
to the north of NTNU.
Daan also offers some of Taipei's most expensive residential real
estate, clustered around the tree-lined Dunhua South Road, Anhe
Road and Renai Road areas (known as the East District
). In this area there
are upscale fashion boutiques, elite retail shops including
, and many of
Taipei's renowned "lounge bars
Places of worship in Daan include the Mormon
, the Taipei Grand Mosque
, the Epicospal
Church, and the Holy Family Catholic Church. The Holy See
maintains a representative office in this
district. Xinsheng S. Rd is nicknamed "The Road to Heaven" because
of its high concentration of churches and other houses of
Other notable features include the Daan Forest Park, which was
built on land formerly occupied by military officers and their
families, and the Taipei Municipal Library.
Daan is better served by the Taipei metro
than any other
district of Taipei with the exception of Zhongzheng. The Muzha Line
, Xindian Line
and Zhonghe Line
all have stations in the district.
The district also contains one of Taipei's major interchanges,