Colorful 'Bird's Eye View of Taipei" Japanese map circa 1935

Can you find where you live in Taipei on this Japanese map dating to the 1930s?

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Bird's eye view of Greater Taipei 1935

Bird's eye view of Greater Taipei 1935

Taipei (Taiwan News) -- An image of a well-preserved map of Taipei during the Japanese colonial era has been circulating on social media lately, with many netizens trying to figure out what landmarks are still recognizable. 

The illustrated folding map titled "A Bird's Eye View of Greater Taipei," originally printed by the Taipei Publicity Company (台湾宣伝事業社) in 1935, shows major streets, railroads, structures, and the surrounding landscape in vivid color.

Among the more notable structures that can be seen in this map include the Taiwan Grand Shrine (now the Grand Hotel), Chienkung Shrine (now the Center of Educational Resources and Publishing), the office of the Governor General of Taiwan (now the Presidential Office Building), Longshan Temple, Taihoku Imperial University (now National Taiwan University), and Babacho (now Nanjichang Night Market).

The map is made from an aerial vantage of the city facing west. When this map was drafted in the 1930s, the population of the city was concentrated almost entirely in present day Wanhua, Datong, Zhongzheng, Zhongshan, Daan districts. Today, these areas are considered the older, less desirable, and therefore less expensive areas to purchase real estate compared to the newer districts such as Xinyi, Neihu, and Wenshu.


If you would like to inspect the map in more detail, here is a larger version posted by Petrarch1603 on Reddit.


Reverse side of the map, click here for a larger version.