Time Machine Theater-1920s Costume Parade

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In the 1920s, Dadaocheng was experiencing great prosperity. Can you imagine what it was like?

Jazz music flowed from phonographs. The well-to-do, dressed in Western-style clothing, sat in cafes discussing topics related to democracy and freedom. The Yongle Market bustled with crowds and the shouts of peddlers selling produce. Children just out of school for the day devoured bowls of noodles at food stalls. On buses, people pulled a cord twice to ring a bell and the ticket taker gently asked the driver to make a stop.

Shops selling teas and traditional Chinese herbs are commonplace in present-day Dadaocheng. However, a century ago, there were hair salons and clothing boutiques considered modern and fashionable for the time. Stores selling various sundries and live theaters also lined the streets. Although modern life has taken root in Dadaocheng, the spirit of Taiwan’s history and the local culture live on.

In 2018, the Yongle Market Plaza is transformed into the Time Machine Theater, which re-creates scenes from that era. Bring your roaring 20s spirit and dress up in costumes reminiscent of that era, as you get ready to travel back in time to Dadaocheng’s heyday!


2018-10-14 (Sun) 14:00:00

Starting Point for Parade

MRT Beimen Station Exit 3

Dress Code

Don a straw hat, Shanghai-style qipao or Chinese-style button-down jacket over a pleated skirt. In 1920s Dadaocheng, it was common to see a mix of Chinese and Western-style clothing.

Parade Route


Wei-shui Chiang, Charlie Chaplin, Louis Armstrong, Coco Chanel, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Yasunari Kawabata, Lingyu Ruan, Zhimo Xu, Ting-pho Tang, Sun-sun, Teng Yu-hsien, Jazz Age, 1920s fashion.


Time Title Location
14:00:00-14:20:00 Parade Participants Meeting MRT Beimen Station Exit 3
14:20:00-15:40:00 Parade Time
15:40:00-18:30:00 Main Stage Performances Yongle Market Plaza Main Stage