Wooderful Life is a Taiwan brand that specializes in wooden music boxes, home accessories and wooden crafts. Their wooden creations are some of the best things to buy from Taiwan. In this installment of our Taiwan Travel Guide Series, we share with you the best of Wooderful Life at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei, Taiwan.

I love wood products because they make me feel connected to nature. Having wooden furnishings and decorations around the home grounds me unconsciously and gives me this great feeling of relaxation and happiness. So imagine my happiness when we discovered Wooderful Life in Taiwan.

Wooderful Life in Taiwan

We first came across Wooderful Life’s music boxes at the Sun Moon Lake in Taichung. Since then, it has left a huge impression on us. The name Woonderful Life combines the words of ‘wood’, ‘wonderful’ and ‘life’ and the brand sure lives up to its reputation brilliantly. Every single piece of wooden craft from Wooderful Life is designed creatively and aesthetically to complement your lifestyle.  What’s more, they use only premium wood for their products.

Because of the great impression we had of Wooderful Life in Taichung, we eventually found our way to its flagship store in Taipei at Huashan 1914 Creative Park.

Wooderful Life at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei, Taiwan
The entrance to Wooderful Life at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei, Taiwan. Be prepared to spend an entire afternoon browsing the immensely creative and beautiful wood pieces here

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Wooden Educational Game Zone

The newly developed wooden educational game zone is the first to greet us as we walked into the massive store. With lovely animal figures, creative games, fun wooden puzzles and a green forest, it is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon with friends and family.

Wooderful Life Wooden Joints
Learning how to make joints out of wooden pieces
Wooderful Life Wooden Block Puzzles
Wooden Block Puzzles are my constant companions while growing up. Apparently, there’s an IQ level associated with the kind of shapes you can make with the blocks
Wooderful Life Puzzles for sale
If you are thinking of bringing these amazing puzzles home, you will find that they are sold at the shop as well
Wooderful Life Chicken Pen House
This chicken pen is one of the very creative pieces made from wood on display at Wooderful Life
Wooderful Life Green Forest
Children will be most enthralled by the wooden games and green forest at Wooderful Life

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Wooderful Life Music Box

If there’s one thing that you must bring home from Wooderful Life, it must be these music boxes. With diverse themes, interesting movements, and crafted with premium wood, many of these designs have caught my fancy.  It’s pure bliss just looking at the graceful movement of these wooden pieces.

Wooderful Life Music Box
Music Boxes are the best things you must get at Wooderful Life. There are so many designs to choose from! If you have the time, you can even sit down at their workshop to personalize one for yourself
Wooderful Life Disney Music Box
My favourite has got to be these Disney-themed music boxes and accessories boxes. However, they are a lot more expensive than the other pieces probably due to license fees being paid to Disney
Wooderful Life Disney Pieces
Other than the music boxes, these jewellery boxes are equally beautiful and creative!

There’s a whole section dedicated to musical boxes here.

Wooderful Life Premium Musical Box
Premium musical boxes on display
Compose musical box music
Compose your music, print out your composition into strips of dots and feed it into the musical box for it to play out your composition. It’s ultra fun!

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Design and Personalize Your Own Music Box

One of the best things you can do here is to assembly a music box or any other wooden craft for yourself. There are about 1000 wooden parts for you to choose to put on your own wooden craft. If you are assembling a music box, simply select a base, a music track, and the wooden parts that you want on your craft. Then make the payment for these parts and proceed to the workshop area where a staff will guide you step by step to assemble your personalised music box. It’s as simple as that!

Wooderful Life DIY Musical Box
How to assemble a musical box at Wooderful Life. The pieces are each labelled with a color code detailing their prices, very much like the sushi plates at a Japanese restaurant. Simply select your base, wooden parts and musical track and make payment!
Wooderful Life Musical Tracks
A sampling of the musical tracks available for your music box. You can even key in the track number in the jukebox and listen to the tracks before deciding on the one for your own music box
A section of the wooden pieces available for your DIY wooden craft. There are so many pieces of various shapes and sizes to choose from, so you’ll definitely find something to fit into your personalized piece. Looking at trees alone, there are already at least 2 rows of pieces of various sizes, shapes and colors to choose from
Wooden pieces themes
Pieces are grouped according to themes to make it easier for customers to browse. For example, this set here is based on horoscopes. Other themes includes weddings, music, sports, chinese zodiacs, Disney characters, movie characters, home, hobbies, nature and animals

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Free DIY Music Box Workshop

After selecting (with advice from the staff) and paying for our wooden components, we are now ready to start assembling our personalized musical box at the workshop!  The workshop is entirely free – we will just need to pay for the pieces that we have chosen.  There are staff on hand to guide us through every step of the process.  Depending on the number, type and size of the pieces you choose, prices for your end product can vary quite differently.  For example, if you’ve picked Disney character pieces, they are going to cost a lot more than the non-Disney ones.

Wooderful Life DIY Workshop
The DIY workshop area. If you are a new hand at this, be prepared to spend at least an afternoon here
Wooderful Life Cafe
There’s even an in-house cafe here in case you need snacks and beverages while working on your wooden craft
DIY musical box toolset
All the equipment required to assemble your wooden craft are housed in this deck of tools. As the staff will explain to you, there are two ways of attaching the wooden pieces to your selected base – either by drilling and attaching screws, or, by the use of wood glue
DIY music box
Our base, musical track and wooden pieces spread out on the velvet plate. After trying unsuccessfully with the drills, we decided to abandon that method and use wood glue instead. Working with such small pieces is intricate work and can be rather challenging, so it’s important to have steady hands at all times
Couple Music Box
The completed product. It took us a whole afternoon just to place and stick the pieces perfectly. However it was all worth the effort, because we now have our own personalized copy of a musical box – the only copy in the world which is uniquely ours

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Wooderful Wooden Decoration

I can decorate my entire home with the beautiful and functional products from Wooderful Life.  These wooden creations can just creep unconsciously into your everyday lives be it in your study or in the kitchen. From stationery holders, towel holders, salt and pepper set, clocks, handphone holders, pot holders and ladles, each of them are crafted exquisitely and aesthetically.

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Wooden Towel Holders
These towel holders will make a great house-warming gift. In addition, they are not too expensive at NT250 (about SGD$10) each
Wooden cup holder set
Wooden Calendar Display
I’ve a personal liking for these kind of date display sets. You’ll likely find similar items at bookshops or souvenir shops, but those are usually made of low quality wood. In contrast, the ones here at Wooderful Life are all made from premium wood. You can tell the difference from the touch and feel of the products
Wooden Date/Calendar Display Set
More variations of the date/calendar display sets
Wooden Hooks
Creative hooks for your clothes and accessories. Or, you can even install this in the kitchen to hold your ladles
Wooden Bookends
Bookends need not be boring. They can actually add some spice and color to your study table with the use of creativity
Handphone holders and picture frames
Mobile phone holders and picture frames
Wooden Home decoration functional pieces
Beautifully-made wooden cookware, kitchen timers, clocks, toys and salt and pepper set. Perfect for decorating your home

Household Appliances

Multi Function Music Player

I am officially in love with the multi-functional music players here. They are not only aesthetically pleasing and creative, but also are fully functional in displaying time, being a gentle lamp and playing your favourite music all at the same time. The price tag is of course amazing as well. The one that I really liked cost NT12,800 (about SGD$573). This will just have to remain in my wish list until I strike it rich.

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Multi Functional Music Player. Photo Source: Wooderful Life
Wedding multi functional music player
This makes for a unique and stylish wedding gift, albeit a very expensive one
Multi Functional Music Player
This is my favorite piece – I can almost imagine how it will look in my home. It’s not just an aesthetic piece of furniture in the house, but one which is functional, being able to display time, act as a lamp, and play my favorite pieces of music all at the same time. However, it’s size and price tag makes it pretty prohibitive to bring home

Wooden Lights

Another of my favorites are the wooden lights. With stylish switch designs and drawing power from a USB drive, it is not only pleasing to the eye, but flexible and convenient as well.

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Wooden Lights
Guess where the light switches are in these creative pieces. Photo Source: Wooderful Life

Wooderful Indoor Gardening

I do not have green fingers nor do I enjoy gardening, but looking at these exclusive creative horticulture pieces just makes me want to take up gardening as a hobby. There are lots of wooden pots, greenhouse lamps, shelves, parasols, garden boxes and bottles, each of which are an aesthetic piece in itself. If you are into indoor gardening or have a balcony to decorate, these heart-warming pieces will definitely brighten up your house! You can even use an entire shelf as a divider in your home!

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Wooden Greenhouse Planter Box
A greenhouse planter box which is perfect for indoor gardening or decorating that balcony
Wooden Planter Boxes
This is a great planter box which allows you to personalize it with pictures of your loved ones
Lamp and pot
A lamp and a pot at the same time. Apparently the lights from the lamp helps plants to grow better in the pot
Wooden Lamp and pot
Another variation of the lamp/pot combination
Wooden Divider
Stacking the planter boxes like this makes it a great divider which not only adds fresh air to your home but also allows for great ventilation and air flow
Wooden Planter Dividers
Planter boxes in use as dividers
Wooden Pots
Simple wooden pots for small plants

Where to get Wooderful Life Products

Wooderful Life products are sold predominately at physical stores. At the time of writing, there is unfortunately no official online catalogue or official online shop by Wooderful Life. You may however be able to find the products online through third-party retailers.

Taiwan remains as the best place to browse the full range of Wooderful Life products at their physical stores, or at selected bookstores and souvenir shops. Wooderful Life have recently opened a flagship store at Pier-2 Art Center in Kaohsiung. There is also a permanent display and DIY workshop at National Taichung Theater.

The store that we visited and which this post is based on is at Huashan 1914 Creative Park which is their flagship store in Taipei. If you intend to visit, why not make a visit to Taipei’s most famous breakfast spot Fu Hang Dou Jiang. It is located at the same Metro station – Shangdao Temple (BL13).

Beyond Taiwan’s shores, a limited range of products is also available. There’s a small range of products at Takashimaya in Singapore. You will also find Wooderful Life’s flagship stores at major cities in China such as Beijing, Shenzhen, Nanning and Xi-an.

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Wooderful Life at Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914文化創意產業園區)

Huashan 1914 Creative Park is this hippy place where Taiwan’s creative and cultural activities are hosted (Its equivalent will be the Pier-2 Creative District in Kaohsiung). This is an off-the beaten track location where few tourists know about but which is a true hidden jem. There are many hippy cafes and nice creative activities around the park which occupies a total area of 2 hectares.

Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Huashan 1914 Creative Park

The nearest MRT station is Shangdao Temple (BL13) and there is a walking distance of about 7 to 10 mins. You will however pass by a non-touristy market area which promises authentic local food. We highly recommend allocating at least half a day to explore Huashan Creative Park and its surroundings.

Local market near the Huashan 1914 Creative Park
A local market near the Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Food stalls near Huashan Creative Park
There’s lots of food stalls around this area which tourists do not know about. Do allocate some time to explore these streets

Wooderful life 華山店

100, Taiwan, Taipei City,
Zhongzheng District, Section 1, Bade Road,

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