Taiwan Ocarina

Taiwan Ocarina, Ruifang: Address, Phone Number, Taiwan Ocarina Reviews: 4.5/5

Taiwan Ocarina
Speciality & Gift Shops
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: Ruifan District
With its air of historical heritage, Shuijinjiu (ShueiNanDong, Jingguashi, Jiufen) used to be prosperous and glamorous due to mining. Although its magnificent semblance no longer exists, the peaceful and beautiful atmosphere has persisted. With a wave to the age of the gold rush, one can still see a glimpse of its glorious past through the Golden Waterfall. Gazing at the ShueiNanDong Remains of the 13 Levels, it is like a beautiful palace that was deserted, earning it the name of “Potala Palace of the Mountain Mines”. Probing forward to the mouth of the river is the considerably distinguished Yinyang Sea, with its half gold half bluish green spectacle inspiring countless imaginations of romance. Walking along the streets of the meandering old streets of Jiufen and tasting the various kinds of authentic eateries is the love of tourists. Stepping into the Golden Museum, one can glimpse the historical traces of the mining industry culture, reminiscing of past glories from its museum, living quarters, and shrine remains. The unassuming mountain city of Houtong used to be a mining village. With the call of cat lovers, volunteer groups were established to create a friendly environment for cats and turned Houtong into a cat village for cat lovers.

8 reviews
Very good

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam299 contributions
Lovely place with cute ocarinas
Feb 2019
The Taiwan Ocarina is like no other shop I'd been to. They have plenty of different type and size of ocarinas. The instrument with very nice sound. They also have the book that guide you how to play and a lot of song in it. My daughter love these and learnt to play within 1 hour.
Written March 20, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Paramus, NJ158 contributions
Gaze through long displays of playable ocarina in different sizes, shapes, and forms
Oct 2017 • Friends
The interior of this shop is unique- the space looks as if it were carved into coral or some naturalistic object. Parts of the exterior reflect this aesthetic, making the shop really stand out from the street.
Inside the shop along the walls, and parallel to them, are display cases filled with thousands of ocarina ranging from the size of a pendant to a statuette or a sizable piece of fruit. Shapes range from the traditional ocarina to a basic medallion to figures of Taiwan, to other musical instruments, to several animals like cats, frogs, owls, etc.
Each piece is made by the artisans who run the shop and who continue making ocarina right in front of you. When we visited, there were two guys working, though they'd put down what they're doing if you needed assistance or wanted to look at something more closely. While some ocarina are already boxed, they can package any pieces hanging in display cases for you to take home. Smaller pieces are obviously less costly, but larger pieces might not necessarily break the bank. And all the pieces are playable- smaller ocarina producing higher-pitched notes, and larger ones producing lower-pitched notes (as with most any other musical instrument).
When you buy an ocarina, you're given a booklet that has instructions on how to play, along with some basic pieces you can learn. However, the booklet is in Chinese/Taiwanese, so there might be a language barrier in place. Otherwise, I'm sure there's plenty of resources online, or you can just have fun playing the ocarina and exploring different notes.
Written December 13, 2017
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