A lot of people say that there is no such thing as a red light district in Taipei. Well, the people who say that don’t know what they are talking about.
There definitely is a red light district in Taiwan’s capital city, and it’s right downtown, in the heart of the beast, near Taipei Main Station, in one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in town.
Note: There’s actually two red light districts in Taipei – one is Wanhua, the other is the one described on this page.
Why write about Taipei’s red light district?
There’s quite a few reasons why I decided to write a page about Taipei’s red light district.
The main one is that I’ve realized that a lot of people search online about this topic through keywords such as Taiwan sex industry, prostitution in Taipei, happy ending massage, Taipei escort… So I thought that writing about this would undoubtedly bring a lot of traffic to my site, which is not a bad thing.
The other reasons why I wanted to talk about the red light district in Taipei are:
How to avoid it…
Some people (such as travelers who visit the city with kids) simply don’t want to go or stay in this type of neighborhood. If you are one of them, I will point out exactly what roads to avoid.
Where is the red light district in Taipei?
It’s located not too far from Taipei Main Station, about 10 minutes walk northeast. It’s roughly surrounded by Nanjing East Road 南京東路 to the north, Civic Boulevard 市民大道 to the south, Xinsheng North Road 新生北路 to the east, and Zhongshan North Road 中山北路 to the west.
Lots of bars and lounges
Due to the nocturnal nature of the red light district in Taipei, the entire area bubbles with bars where you can sit down with ladies and chat over a drink or two. I have no idea if you are expected to buy the girl a drink, as I have never been in one of those places. My advice would be for you to ask in advance, so as to not end up with a crazy bill at the end of the night.
Japanese BBQ, Japanese beer, sushi restaurants…
Weird… Why would there be Japanese food in the red light district of Taipei!? I guess because Japanese men like this kind of place.
Last time I was in the area to meet a friend from Montreal who was staying at a nearby hostel, we sat outside a Japanese BBQ place (for cold Asahi draft beer of course) and I could see a steady stream of Japanese men walking past us, shamelessly and eagerly looking left and right at the signs advertising adult KTVs, massage parlours, and by-the-hour hotel rooms.
Hard-core character, but 100% safe
The neighborhood has a very distinctive personality that is in a way very Taiwanese, very old-Taipei, that is hard to put in words.
It’s hard-core to the bone in the way that you’ll see some gangster guys tattooed from head to toe, drinking cheap beer by the can next to their super-car on a pink plastic stool outside a 7-11 at 2am. Yet it feels totally safe to walk around here. And it has a quite mellow and relaxed mood, it’s busy but not hectic.
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