Lot 1- Street Food Vendor
The history of street food vendors in Taiwan can go back to the Qing Dynasty. Nowadays, street food has been deeply affected by the culture of China and Southeast Asia. The street food here in Taiwan can go all the way from dessert to the main course. The painting portrays a street food vendor in Nantou.
Lot 2- Key Shop
The key shop is a unique culture here in Taiwan. It is an irreplaceable part of Taiwanese culture. Key shop provides services like replicating keys or customizing stamps for customers.
Lot 3- Food Bazaar
Food Bazaar was the main source of many restaurants and food vendors in the 1960s. However, the rise of globalization in the food businesses has put many traditional food bazaars out of business. Nowadays, food bazaars mostly sell traditional food cans or sauces that preserve the nostalgic vibe of this unique culture.
Lot 4- Typical Household
This household is located on freedom road in Taichung City. It is a typical old-school two-story building which is one of the most common households to spot all around Taiwan. The red brick wall shows the unique aesthetic of traditional Taiwanese architecture.
Lot 5- Japanese Architecture
During the time of colonization by Japan, Taiwanese culture has been deeply affected by the traditional Japanese culture. Public infrastructures and personal households were all designed in Japanese style. The rooftop is covered by black tiles and the inner beam and collum are made of wood.
Lot 6- The Noodle Shop
Noodles were often used to celebrate birthday since it represents the goodwill of long-lived. This tradition can go all the way back to the Han dynasty. The noodle shop in the drawing is located in Tainan.
Lot 7- Rice Store
The Rice shop business is extremely popular in the 1980s. It was one of the most profitable businesses in Taiwan. However, the increased amount of noodles that Taiwan imports has severely undermined rice consumption. In recent years, rice shops can only be spotted in small towns or older parts of the city.
Lot 8- Old Building
An old building located next to the traditional market in Taichung City. The special pattern decorated on the rooftop is called Onigawara. It is designed to keep out bad luck which is a traditional design of Japanese architecture.
Lot 9- Temple
Religion has played a huge role in Taiwanese culture. The most common practice of religion is Taoism and Buddism. This temple is located in Tainan City. It was built back in the Qing Dynasty to pray for a good fish harvest.
Lot 10- Three Section Compound
Three-section compound is one of the most common types of traditional architecture in the Han people's culture. This compound is located in Nantou county.