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The Da'an District ( ) is an important educational, commercial, residential and cultural district of Taipei Citymarker. 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 one.

Geography

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 Districtmarker, 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.

Characteristics

The district is the home of three national universities: National Taiwan Universitymarker (NTU), National Taipei University of Technology, and National Taiwan Normal Universitymarker (NTNU). The former two universities have strong engineering programs. (NTU also has a highly-regarded medical school located in the Zhongzheng District.)

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 Store, the Ming Yao Department Store, and the immense 24-hour Eslite Bookstore. 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 Market 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 Street, another popular restaurant area and home to the original Din Tai Fung restaurant, lies 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 Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, and many of Taipei's renowned "lounge bars".

Places of worship in Daan include the Mormon Temple, 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 worship.

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.

Transportation

Daan is better served by the Taipei metro than any other district of Taipei with the exception of Zhongzheng. The Muzha Line, Bannan Line, Xindian Line and Zhonghe Line all have stations in the district. The district also contains one of Taipei's major interchanges, Zhongxiao Fuxing Station.

Notes

  1. http://english.taipei.gov.tw/daan/index.jsp?categid=834&recordid=436
  2. http://english.taipei.gov.tw/daan/index.jsp?categid=704


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