Carton King Creativity Park (纸箱王- 大坑总店)

What can pieces of carton be used for? Well, Carton King Creativity Park (纸箱王创意主题园区) has the perfect answer to this question.

Started in 2007, Carton King now has 4 Creativity Park branches. The one we visited in Taichung’s Dakeng is the main branch.

The main entrance to the park sets the mood with paper tulips and a big paper replica of their signature steamboat set. Entrance fee to the park is charged at NT$200/person, while children below 100 cm get to enter free-of-charge. Each ticket comes with an NT$100 voucher which can be used to offset purchase at the retail shops and F&B outlets.

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Not far from the entrance, we entered the Carton King Zoo. Here we got to see carton-made animals such as giraffes, lions, zebras and pigs. If you are impressed by the creativity behind these animals, you can check out the retail shops. Some of these carton-made animals are available for purchase as DIY kits.

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Fancy attending class in Carton King’s classroom? Not to worry, I don’t think the tables and chairs will not give way midway through the lesson.

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One of the must-try in Carton King Creativity Parks is the paper steamboat set at Carton Restaurant (纸箱餐厅), where we had our late lunch.

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We tried this signature paper steamboat set at NT$420/set, which they claimed to be the world’s first. We got to choose the soup base (5 choices) and meat (pork/beef/lamb) for each set, which came with a drink and dessert. Each drink was served in a disposable cup within a small carton box. Afterwards, we got to bring the small carton box home as a souvenir coin box. The food did not have a wow factor but scored high on the novelty scale.

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In case you are wondering how the paper steamboat is possible, the paper used is supposed to be able to withstand high temperature and there is a piece of stainless steel mesh at the base to maintain the shape. Do note that a minimum spend of NT$100 per person is required at the restaurant.

The furnishing within the restaurant is almost entirely made of carton-like material. Amazingly, the tables and chairs were so well-constructed that they were sturdy enough to take our weight. *chuckle*

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There is also a cafe within the compound, Miss Coffee, if you just feel like having a drink.

Travel the world within the park. The park has its carton version of Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and a windmill. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, standing at 3 floors high, is said to be the world’s tallest paper sculpture! We really admire the ingenuity behind the creations.

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Collect stamps at different pit stops within the park to collect a free gift. The gift is seasonal in nature. We received a DIY paper house in a ‘Happy Chinese New Year’ envelope for our efforts (it was about a month away from Chinese New Year).

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The retail shops within the park is worth a visit to check out the wide variety of carton/paper products they have, such as decorative lights, wall clocks, DIY models, puzzles and mobile phone covers. They have postcards mailing service too. 🙂

The premise is not big so it got pretty crowded during the evening peak. With a constant stream of visitors, photo-taking required a bit of patience. A place worth visiting to admire the creativity behind their use of humble carton board and paper.

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Useful information

Address: 406台中市北屯区東山路二段二巷二号 (No. 2, Lane 2, Section 2, Dongshan Road, Beitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan)
Operating Hours: 9:00am to 21:00pm (open year round)
Official Website: 纸箱王
The park organises DIY craft sessions for groups of 10 and above for a fee. Please refer to their official website for details.

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