Sanxia Old Street (三峽老街) to the southwest of Taipei is a 260-meter long, well-preserved street for tourists throughout the year. It’s a commercial street full of traditional shophouses built during the Japanese Colonial era that attracts architecture lovers. The street is a popular attraction for residents of northern Taiwan who pack the short street on weekends.
Sanxia Old Street was an important economic hub in its heyday as it is located next to the Dabao River. While the structures along the street are mostly from the early 20th century, the history of the street dates back to the 17th century. The buildings along the street were restored to their original glory in 2007.
This week’s Friday photo is courtesy our friend Jean-Francois Perigois, a French photographer who has spent years in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. He spent several months in Taiwan mostly photographing abandoned places and night scenes. He has lived in Cambodia since 2007 and has had his work displayed in numerous solo and joint exhibitions in Southeast Asia and France. His work has also been included in books, including the Ministry of Tourism’s Marvelleux Cambodge and a book celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Pasteur Institute.
Jean-Francois hosts photography tours around Southeast Asia. For more information about his photo tours, please contact him through his website. You can also visit his website to browse the photos from around Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
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