Jianguo Jade Market and Holiday Flower Market in Taipei

A ‘gem’ of a Taipei weekend market, Jianguo Jade Market and Holiday Flower Market (建國玉市) takes place every Saturday and Sunday in Taipei’s Da’an District.

Located beneath an overpass below one of Taipei’s busiest roads, Jianguo Jade Market and flower market is full of colour, from beautiful flowers to gorgeous jewelry like green jade necklaces.

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Holiday Flower Market in Taipei

Even if you aren’t in the market for buying jewelry, it is a top Taipei weekend market to visit as it is an all weather affair (it is covered) and always bustling with locals, many of whom are accompanied by their beloved dogs in prams!

From opening hours to different stall types, here is our guide to Jianguo Jade Market and Holiday Flower Market in Taipei.

Jianguo Jade Market in Taipei

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Where is Jianguo Jade Market in Taipei?

Located in the Da’an district, Jianguo Jade Market / 建國玉市 is a 5 minute walk from Daan Park MRT station, exit 6.

To go to the flower and jade market from Taipei Main Station, take the red Tamsui Xinyi line four stops to Daan Park MRT.

It is very close to Daan Park, Yongkang Street plus Taipei’s most happening and historic hipster area, Rongjin Gorgeous Time.

Also check Google Maps or the official Go! Taipei Metro app to see which is the quickest and best route for you.

Holiday Flower Market in Taipei

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Jianguo Jade Market opening hours

A weekend market in Taipei, Jianguo Market is open on weekends, from 9am to 6pm every Saturday and Sunday (although some stalls start to close down after lunch). Opening times correct as of summer 2024 and may vary on public holidays.

Jianguo Jade Market and the flower market is free admission and browsing is allowed.

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Arriving at Jianguo Jade Market and Holiday Flower Market

Taipei’s most vibrant weekend market, Jianguo is split into several sections, all of which are covered by the overpass overhead – so this is a great thing to do in Taipei when it is raining on a Saturday or Sunday.

It is easy to spot when you first arrive as there is a huge neon sign above the entrance saying Jianguo Holiday Flower Market.

Holiday Flower Market in Taipei

Note if you are arriving from Daan Park MRT, you have to walk through the flower market first to get to the Jianguo jade market at the end.

It isn’t just gems and jewelry at the market – the distinct sections include flowers, ceramics stalls, live fish and aquatics stalls, vintage furniture and much more.

Holiday Flower Market in Taipei ceramics
Holiday Flower Market in Taipei fish tanks
Holiday Flower Market in Taipei
Holiday Flower Market in Taipei

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And don’t worry if you are travelling light as there are some smaller gifts and souvenirs too. We bought lots of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro figures here, which are sold in huge quantities (as they can be used in terrariums – but they look better on our mantelpiece!).

Incidentally, when we last visited, there weren’t that many tourists and it was mainly local Taiwanese shoppers so it felt like an authentic shopping experience.

Holiday Flower Market in Taipei Studio Ghibli figurines
Holiday Flower Market in Taipei Studio Ghibli figurines

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Stalls at Jianguo Jade Market

There are around 700 stalls at the market – if we had to estimate, we’d say it was about a third jewelery stores and the rest a mix of flowers, furniture and flea market type stalls.

The Jianguo Jade Market jewellery section in particular was fascinating to watch – it has dozens and dozens of gem sellers each with their own table, and so many jewels to enjoy. 

Jianguo Holiday Jade Market in Taipei

We were sadly not in the market for any jade or necklaces but it was incredible to witness such a bustling market with so many colourful pieces of jewellery, sparkling silver and antique goods.

This is also one of the best places in Taipei to take home a Buddhist charm or bracelet with religious motifs. Based on our own observations, many jewelry stores didn’t seem to have prices or $TWD signs so you may need to negotiate or bargain for a good price.

Jianguo Holiday Jade Market in Taipei
Jianguo Holiday Jade Market in Taipei

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Holiday Flower Market

The biggest section beneath the underpass was Taipei’s Holiday Flower Market, where locals come to buy floral displays for their homes or festivities.

Holiday Flower Market in Taipei lucky bamboo
Holiday Flower Market in Taipei cactus

Here you can buy all kinds of flora and fauna, especially cute cacti and lots of terrarium bowls and miniature gardenscapes (many of which you can design yourselves). This is also an excellent place for beautiful bonsai plants in Taipei plus bulbs (of the floral variety).

Along the way, there is also a treasure trove of other stalls and kiosks from homeware and DIY goods to cute Kawaii style characters.

Holiday Flower Market in Taipei

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Taiwan dogs in prams

As a random aside, we love seeing all the local residents with their dogs in prams and push-chairs, lovingly cherished by their owners – from Keelung Night Market to Dihua Street, dogs are being driven in trolleys (and it seems to be a mix of both the elderly and young couples).

Given all the space and rooftop covering, this appears to be one of the most popular places for locals to take their dogs in prams to at the weekends.

dog in pram Holiday Flower Market in Taipei

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Address

Jianguo Jade Market and Holiday Flower Market, Jianguo Elevated Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106.


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