Friday, December 25, 2015

Trip To Taiwan 台湾: Yilan 宜兰 - Luodong Night Market 羅东观光夜市

Photo By: Elin Chow 
Address: Gongyuan Rd, Luodong Township, Yilan Country 宜兰县罗东镇公园路

Luodong Night Market 羅东观光夜市

Luodong Night Market is the largest night market in Luodong Township 罗东镇, Yilan Country 宜兰县, Taiwan. The market is conveniently located in the center of  the town, near Zhongshan Park 中山公园, within walking distance of Luodong Station 罗东车站 of Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) Yilan Line, making it very accessible for both locals and international tourists.

To go to Luodong Night Market, simply alight at Luodong station and head out onto Gongzheng Rd 公正路. Turn left onto Changchun Rd 长春路 and right onto Mingsheng Rd 民生路. You will find the Luodong Night Market at the intersection of Mingsheng Rd and Gongyuan Rd 公园路.

For those who drive, parking is not an issue as there are plenty of private parking available around the area.

Just like other night markets in Taiwan, Luodong Night Market opens daily in the evening around 6 pm till the midnight hour.

A busy and normal city streets in the day, the entire area transform into a lively and vibrant night market in the evenings. Hundreds of vendors and shops lined both sides of the streets, offering a wide selection of local snacks, souvenirs, fashionable clothing and accessories for visitors to choose from.

Apart from market vendors, shop houses and hotels lining both sides of the streets are also open for business.

Some of the local specialties include Oyster Omelette 蛤仔煎, Fried Pork 卜肉, Mutton Herbal Soup 当归羊肉, Dragon Phoenix Rolls 龙凤腿 and Spring Onions Pancakes葱油饼.

In addition to that, you will also find a wide range of game stalls where you can play pinball, dart shooting, basketball shooting and many other exciting games.

Luodong Night Market is one of the most crowded night market in Taiwan. Thousands of people swarmed the streets of the market every night, especially on weekends and public holidays.

Since there is nothing much to do in Luodong in the evenings, most people would flock to the market for food, shopping and entertainment. The night market is the only option for nightlife in the town. Luodong Night Market is undoubtedly the best place to spend your evening shopping for bargains and enjoy local delicacies at a budget price.

The market tends to get more crowded as the night falls. Similar to the Kenting Night Market 垦丁大街, Luodong Night Market is also crazily crowded on a normal weekday. Thus, visiting early on a weekday night is the best way to avoid the massive crowds.

The streets are so packed that sometimes it is almost impossible to move through the crowds at all. Even though the streets are closed off to motor vehicles, it is not difficult to find hordes of scooters cutting through the narrow and extremely crowded streets.

Be prepared to be honked by scooters cutting through the night market flooded with pedestrians. We have constantly stay alert and watch out for the dozen of scooters that drive their way through the crowded market at all time. It was a very annoying experience.

Luodong Night Market is relatively smaller compared to Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市 or Kenting Night Market 垦丁大街. Even so, the wide varietyof food will satisfy most taste buds.

So, make sure you visit the night market with an empty stomach so that you have more room to try more varieties of street food.

Be prepared to queue for good food at the popular stores. Just in case if you have no idea what to eat, look out for the stalls with long queue. Chances are that the popular stalls usually have long queue.

However, of all the night market I have visited, Fengjia Night Market in Taichung City is still my favorite due to its spacious streets and the wide variety of food and fashionable items it offers. 

The night market also have some small restaurants offering a number of simple courses that allow people to have a full proper meal without having to eat their way through the night market. Feeling hungry and tired, we stopped by a small restaurant to have a quick meal before we continue to snack our way down the streets.

Luodong Night Market is a famous tourist attraction in Yilan Country. A trip to Yilan is never complete without a visit to Luodong Night Market.  The night market is certainly the best place to taste a number of local specialties at an affordable price.

If you are interested to know more about our trip, you may want to check out our 11D10N round island tour itinerary for the list of attractions that we had visited during our 11 days in Taiwan. Be sure to follow me on Facebook or Twitter  for the latest updates on my 11 days adventures in Taiwan! You might also want to check My Wanderlust page for some of my other travel adventures.

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