If you’re in Taipei from now ’til July 22 (this year), I highly recommend visiting the Upside Down House at Huashan Creative park. I just got lucky and saw it on a random Guanghua plaza/Huashan park visit and freaked out that it’s in freaking Taiwan! I previously saw it on some Facebook feeds, but thought it was in Europe.
The Upside Down House is a special trip that’s worth the wait. Or queue. Upon seeing it I immediately bought tickets, thinking there might be some sort of anti-gravity system that flips you vertically, letting you moonwalk on the ceiling. Though I glimpsed the windows and saw people were still walking upright, I thought, the heck, it’s here and it’s a blockbuster so it must be good. In Taiwan, anything people line up for is presumably worth it.
But when I was told that I needed to wait for a couple of hours before going in, my eyes went platefuls of “HECK NO!” while my mouth uttered, “can I use this ticket next week?”
The kindly cashier replied with an assuring “yes” so the following week I was welcomed by this.
It was an hour’s worth of wait. Um, thank God I guess?
Tickets are sold right outside the house for NT$ 199. Is it worth it? Definitely! However, it’s one of those places best enjoyed with companions otherwise you’ll be stuck taking selfies that show the many ways you can expose your double chin.
But if you decided to explore it on your own, don’t worry about the photo souvenirs. There are personnel/photographers inside who’d take your photos.
Sometimes you also have to queue for some of the best photo hotspots, and wait for your turn to make that Instagram-worthy pose.
I went on a Sunday afternoon. Once inside, I noticed that the personnel were hustling us to move forward after about 10 to 15 minutes because there’s still a very long queue of people waiting to get inside. That said, it’ll probably be better to come visit on a weekday.
The tour starts from the living room, ending everything in the kids room…which is kinda weird…but what isn’t in this house anyway. All in all, it reminded me of IKEA–turned upside down with fewer pieces to showcase. LOL.
To get here via MRT, ride the yellow line going to Nanshijiao then get off at Zhongxiao Xinsheng station. Once off, find the 1914 Huashan Creative Park on the vicinity map and reach the place via a 15 minute-walk.
But if I were you, I’d just use the Chinese name below and show it to a taxi driver or ride Uber (which is a fantastic transpo service that’s also in Taipei). It’s quicker.