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Tianma Tea House
Traditional Chinese 天馬茶房
Simplified Chinese 天马茶房
Hokkien POJ Thian-má Tê Pâng
Literal meaningSky-horse Tea House
The reconstructed Tianma Tea House at its original place. Er Er Ba Shi Jian Yuan Bao Dian .jpg
The reconstructed Tianma Tea House at its original place.
A memorial plaque near Tianma Tea House marking the spot of the shooting which eventually led to the February 28 Incident. The-Flash-Point-of-the-February-28-Incident stele 20040402.jpg
A memorial plaque near Tianma Tea House marking the spot of the shooting which eventually led to the February 28 Incident.

The Tianma Tea House is a former tea house in Datong District, Taipei, Taiwan. It is the site where an enforcement officer from the Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau of the Taiwan Provincial Government accidentally shot a civilian on 27 February 1947. The incident led to the island-wide anti-government uprising by the Taiwanese people called the February 28 Incident and the implementation of White Terror in Taiwan from 1949 to 1987. [1]

Datong District, Taipei District in Western Taipei, Republic of China

Datong District or Tatung is a district of Taipei City, Taiwan. It is located between the Taipei Metro Red Line and eastern shore of the Tamsui River, and between Civic Boulevard and the Sun Yat-sen Freeway. The southern part of this area used to be the site of Twatutia, one of the first settlements in what is now Taipei and for a time the area's commercial center.

Taipei Special municipality in Republic of China

Taipei, officially known as Taipei City, is the capital and a special municipality of Taiwan. Located in the northern part of the Island of Taiwan, Taipei City is an enclave of the municipality of New Taipei City that sits about 25 km (16 mi) southwest of the northern port city Keelung. Most of the city is located in the Taipei Basin, an ancient lakebed. The basin is bounded by the relatively narrow valleys of the Keelung and Xindian rivers, which join to form the Tamsui River along the city's western border.

Taiwan Country in East Asia

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia. Neighbouring states include the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the west, Japan to the north-east, and the Philippines to the south. The island of Taiwan has an area of 35,808 square kilometres (13,826 sq mi), with mountain ranges dominating the eastern two-thirds and plains in the western third, where its highly urbanised population is concentrated. Taipei is the capital and largest metropolitan area. Other major cities include Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan and Taoyuan. With 23.7 million inhabitants, Taiwan is among the most densely populated states, and is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations (UN).

The tea house building has long been on the route of the annual march to commemorate the February 28 Incident in Taipei by government officials or civilians. [2]


The tea house was originally opened by a famous orator and lyricist Zhan Tianma shortly after 1934. It was closed down after the February 28 Incident in 1947. [3]


The building is accessible within walking distance west from Zhongshan Station of Taipei Metro.

Taipei Metro Metro system in Taiwan

Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), branded as Taipei Metro, is a metro system serving Taipei and New Taipei, Taiwan, operated by government owned Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation, which also operates Maokong Gondola.

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  2. Wang, Chris (Feb 28, 2012). "Families of 228 Massacre victims to march today". Taipei Times. p. 3.
  3. Eckhardt, Robyn (6 November 2009). "Ground Rules" via Wall Street Journal.