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Painted Animation Lane

West District, Taiwan

A small alleyway lined with locally drawn scenes of nostalgic anime and cartoon characters. 


Taichung City is generally known for its food, but it’s also more quietly known for its colorful art scene. And this particular little nook located in the heart of the city is a great place for an evening stroll or photobombing opportunity with some of your favorite animated characters.

Walk through this street art alleyway, which has been dubbed Painted Animation Lane, and you’ll come across some familiar faces from manga, anime, and cartoon classics: Super Mario, Luigi, Goku, Vegeta, Naruto, and more. The walls on both sides of the narrow street are painted, so a stroll through the alley is like a literal trip down memory lane.

The walkway is short, which it means won’t take up too much out of your day, but is worth a stop for anime and cartoon fans. There are also nearby stores offering cool souvenirs and snacks you can take home with you. 

Know Before You Go

Certain parts of the lane are well lit but others are not, so it's best to visit during the day.

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