Restaurants and shops around Yong Kang Street, one of Taipei’s top tourist destinations, will combine efforts to offer discounts and boost local tourism with the opening of MRT Dongmen Station at the end of this month.
As the opening of the station, which is scheduled for Saturday, is expected to draw a large crowd to the area. About 60 local businesses, including many well-known restaurants and eateries such as the Dongmen Dumpling House, The King of Taro and Lao Zhang Beef Noodle Shop, will offer a 10 percent discount and welcome gifts to customers.
“The Yong Kang Street area has long been a tourist attraction in Taipei, and we’ve seen more business investments in the area in the past six months because of the contruction of Dongmen MRT station. We are optimistic about the business opportunities the opening of the station will bring to the area,” said Liu Hong-hsiang (劉鴻翔), director of the Taipei City Dongmen and Yong Kang Commercial District Development Association.
Liu said the association will give out about 40,000 travel maps to local and foreign tourists, so that customers can enjoy the discounts at participating stores by following the maps. The promotion is to last for one month.
Some of the top restaurants in the area, including Ding Tai Feng Dumpling House and Kao Chi Dumpling House, do not plan to join the promotional activity. Ding Tai Feng said it will not make any changes in its business operations with the opening of the station.
Dongmen MRT is located on Xinyi Road between Jinshan S Road and Yong Kang Street, and between Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Daan Park stations. It is to serve as a transfer station for the Xinzhuang and Zhonghe lines.
Once the station begins operating, Taipei MRT’s Tamsui Line and the Zhonghe Line are to run independently, with Guting station replacing Taipei Main Station as the new transfer station for passengers from Jhonghe (中和) heading in the direction of Taipei Main Station and along the Tamsui Line.
Taipei Rapid Transit Corp general manager Tan Gwa-guang (譚國光) said the route change will affect about 80,000 passengers, mostly on the Zhonghe Line. It will dispatch more staff to provide information to passengers and help them get familiar with the route change.