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Taipei Calligraphy Institute

The Calligraphy Institute of R.O.C. is the former Chinese Calligraphy Association. It was founded by Calligrapher Bing-Huang Chang in 1976. The aim is to promote the art of calligraphy. Due to the increasing of member and television calligraphy teaching activities, it was transformed to the Calligraphy Institute of Republic of China in 1980.
臺北書畫院The Taipei Calligraphy Institute which founded by Taipei Culture bureau and the Taipei Calligraphy Association is located in NO.12, Lane 30, Sec.1, Jin-Shan South Rd., Taipei City. (Close to Chi-Dun St.) It was called as the seven buildings which is named after the former red brick house. It is close to the Hua-Shan Culture center but away from the hassle and buzzle of Taipei city. It is a Japanese architectural building which has the dark gray roof tile and old trees. The build has witness the development of Taipei city from Chin dynasty, Japanese colonized era till now. The build can recall the memory of Taipei citizens.
Taipei Calligraphy Institute building is a historic monument of Taipei city. now It is a Japanese architectural build which was designed against the hot, rainy and typhonic weather of Taiwan. There were rain obstruct structures at the out-side wall. It can form a rain stop area that can extent the life of the wall. The window is outstanding from the outside wall and covered with eaves on the top which was also the structure designed against the rainy weather of Taiwan. The foundation of the building is up-lifted which has a better ventilation and can prevent the threaten of white ant. The base of the build is paved with brick and marl. It has small openings and decorated with carved patterns that can prevent foreign matters.
Going into the building, you can see the traditional tile on the floor of the passageway. The Japanese-style bedroom is on the right and the western living room is on the left. If you go straight into building, you can see the Japanese bedroom in the middle (living room with tatami floor). You will also see the tea room and the traditional Japanese bedroom in the end. But it does not link to the edge. In this western and Japanese style mixed build, the floor of Japanese rooms are originally tatami, but the floor of western rooms are wood floor. However, it is all wood floor now.
The Japanese bedroom is in the middle of the building. The bedroom is the symbol of the family sprit. The wall is usually decorated with paintings or calligraphy. The the right side of the room is the shelf with books and tea sets. On the right side of the room are the windows. The windows were designed with wind and rain proof structure which made of wood boards. The wood boards can be stored in the holes of the window sides, and be assembled on when necessary. In the end of the living room, is the shelf for the beddings. It is usually a store area of the building.
The exhibition of Taipei Calligraphy Institute is usually free. Taipei citizens and foreign visitors are welcome. You can experience the history, memory, art and culture of Taipei. All the activities are free to all people who are interested to calligraphy.

Taipei Calligraphy Institute
Address: NO.12, Lane 30, Sec.1, Jin-Shan South Rd., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 23916737 0921075857
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM ~ 6:00 PM (Close every Monday and during Chinese New Year)
MRT Information:
Exit #2 Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, walk 5 minutes from Lane 6 or 13, Chi-Dun St.
Walk cross the Jin-Shan South Rd. Overpass, and turn left to Lane 30, Jin-San south Rd.
Bus Information:
Entrance of Jinan Jinshan/211, 214, 222, 248, 606, 665.
Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station/214,222,226,280,290,505,642,643.
Zhongxiao Elementary school/212,232,299,605,665.
National Audit Office(Zhongxiao East Road)/205,232,276,299, Zhongxiao Xinsheng.