October 30, 2008

Venturing out on our own around the city of Taipei, we stumbled upon the San-Pu Antiques Plaza / Market at the corner of Xinsheng and Bade Roads. As the name suggests, this is the place for the antiquarians and collectors. There are at least 30 antique shops / stalls in the basement of the Sanpu building, situated close to the Kuanghua Bridge.

This market is visited mostly by locals and tourists alike browsing the many shops stretching from indoor to sidewalks. It has a flea market ambiance with cluttered display of statuettes, ornaments, jade pieces, porcelain vases, bowls, coins and mixed chinoiserie.

You may take your time to mosey around the stalls as they offer a dizzying array of items. And for the assiduous scavenger you can probably unearthed unexpected interesting collectibles here. Just remember to bargain and, time permitting, go on weekends as more vendors congregate at this antique market.

Toodles, until next time,
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  1. Wwwoooww....
    I love buying antique junks!! I wanna go there!!

    Did you go on weekend? From your pictures you have taken seem the market already cramped!

  2. Hi Rintjez,
    Yes, we went there early Saturday morning.

  3. How convenient. All under one roof

  4. i like collecting small antique items. something unique in that city or at least something made in that country.

  5. This looks like an interesting place to shop. In this kind of market one could find some treasures worth keeping.

  6. I doubt it if those were really antique pieces :) Maybe just 70% of the stuff are antique, parang ganyan din kse ang tinitinda sa "thieves market" sa Singapore, hehehe.

  7. Hi Borneo Falcon, the dong and luna miranda,
    Yes, this would be a perfect place if you're into pieces of odd curios and collectibles.

  8. Hi Kegler747,

    I agree that's one of the problems of the flea markets. It’s really hard to vouch for the genuineness of the item. I doubt if the antique dealers will be happy to furnish certificates of antiquity and authenticity.

    Probably what we can do is ask for proofs such as receipts or photos which show the history of the item, or maybe examine it carefully and ask questions to prove its authenticity. :)

  9. Hi sis! R u still in Taiwan? u have covered so much of it! What an enjoyable trip!

  10. Wow! Mom will absolutely drop dead at the sight of the ornaments and porcelain vases. =D

  11. wow, look at all those beautiful, hand-made ceramics!!! brilliant!

  12. Hi sis eunice,
    I was there last August. Thanks, there are more to come. I've just been tied up with other things lately. :)

  13. Hi Share my point of view,
    Thanks, I'm glad you found these antiques interesting.

    Hi Acey,
    It's great to see you here for the first time. See you around. :)

  14. I love this kind of markets...if I am able to find some real antiques...

  15. i saw the 168 sign. there's actually a mall here in Manila that's called 168. maybe you've been there already. i've been there only once. :)

  16. Hi Sidney,
    Thanks for the comment. :)

    Hi barrycade,
    Nice observation. It is usually used by Chinese people in their business because "168" means a road of prosperity or be prosper together. :)

    Yes, I've been to 168 mall in Divisoria several times especially when I'm in the mood for bargain hunting. ;)

  17. Hi Asian Traveler! Back to the Blogosphere to visit this wonderful blog! And this time to be greeted at a lovely antique market! Great shots!
    Also loved your pictures of the Traditional Chinese Temple! Stunning!
    Meanwhile Blogtrotter is now strolling somewhere around the Holy See of Echmiadzin. Hope you enjoy and have a great Sunday!

  18. have a great blog here.if u do not mind, can we xchange link? I've put ur link
    in my
    annual travel insurance blog. Thanks

  19. Hi Asian Traveler! First of all: Thanks for your visit and nice comments. I'm glad you liked Oslo and Norway!

    What a great traveller blog you have! For me this is so exotic and I love to explore your part of the world through your posts!

    The closest I've got is to Malaysia and Singapore, but that was more than 10 years ago.
    These post and pics from the markets kind of took me down the memory lane :-)

  20. Hi GMG,
    Thanks for the nice words. :)

    Hi Traveler,
    Thanks for the link. I have reciprocated. :)

    Nice to see you here. I hope to visit your beautiful place someday. See you around and enjoy the many wonders of Asia. :)


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