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Located near to the Keelung River the Shilin district has been home to a market at least since 1909, though informal trading at the river wharfs goes back in further. The original Shilin Market building was demolished in 2002 and for 10 years the market vendors were in temporary venues, but in 2012 the new Shilin Market building opened and now houses the main food hall.

As with most markets the Shilin Market attracted other stalls and shops around the building, and it is these all together that now form the Shilin Night Market.

While the food hall represents one of the most organised parts of the market, most visitors enjoy also the roads nearby where street vendors sell their wares.


Stinky Beancurd

The food specialty of the market is without doubt the Stinky Beancurd! A type of fermented bean curd it has a strong smell, like a "blue cheese", which tells those who appreciate it that wonderful flavors are coming to the mouth soon.

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