WCIF Glycerin and glycerol?

Being an avid artist in a nation with scant -if any- art supply stores outside of the capital, I am going to make my own acrylic mediums, and glycerin and glycerol are two ingredients needed. A previous post mentioned a chemical supply store, but I am wondering if this is all that is available.

Thanks in advance.

No.43 Tianshui Road Taipei City TEL:(02)2550-1101
Opening Hour:8:00~18:00 (Saturday until 17:00、Sunday and Holidays closed, as of years ago but probably still true)

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I saw that in an old post, but I do not live in Taipei and my Chinese is not good enough to make calls, so I did not know if it was still relevant.

I guess I will give them a try at some point.

Thanks again for the info!

You could order it on Ruten with help from a local friend (using their ID#). See e.g.
http://goods.ruten.com.tw/item/show?21637604927322 or
http://goods.ruten.com.tw/item/show?21407318903783 or

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Warning: This post involves the intersection of two sets that I know virtually nothing about. That is, I know the Chinese language exists, and I know chemical supply outfits exist, but that’s about it.

Here’s the Internet address of a blog post that appears to contain a Chinese-language list of chemical supply outfits:

With a Chrome browser, you can often translate, after a fashion, by right-clicking on a page.

I guess I should note that the blog post linked above appears to be either from 2009 or 2010, so it may contain addresses that have undergone relatively minor changes because of the changes in status of some counties and cities. That is, some time ago, some counties became cities, and some cities became districts. And if I’m not mistaken at least some district names seem to be missing from the addresses in the blog post linked above. But hopefully that won’t be too big of a problem.

I found what appear to be some Chinese-language names and addresses of chemical supply outfits on Google Maps pages. The URLs are very long, so I’ve hyperlinked them (hope that works).

The Google Maps page for Kaohsiung should be here.

The Google Maps page for Tainan should be here (I hope).

The Google Maps page for Taichung should be here.

I haven’t vetted any of this stuff (I don’t know how), but I hope you can find something useful in it.

One last note: I hope the information supplied here doesn’t cause any mischief (not referring to the OP or anyone in particular) (absit omen, knock wood, etc.).

Edited to add:

On the page linked below, in 2014 someone asked where they could buy glycerine in the Zuoying District of Kaohsiung.

Someone gave this answer:

大統化工原料 高雄市左營區自由二路61號


On another website, someone gave a short list of places where they said a person could buy glycerine in Taoyuan (桃園) (the list is from 2011):



The addresses immediately above treat Chungli and Pingzhen as cities (市), but it’s my understanding that they are districts (區) now.

glycerol and glycerin are the same thing.

There are a bunch of chemical-supply shops across the road from Taipei station. I bought glycerol there a while ago. I can’t type Chinese on my laptop here, but I’ll check exact addresses in a couple of days when I get back.

However, as mentioned above, it’s a whole lot easier just to order online, especially if you don’t live in the big smoke.

I found a few places that appear to be art supply stores. I’ve never been to any of these stores, so I can’t guarantee that they all sell a satisfactory variety of art supplies, and I can’t be sure that they all do business at the retail level. I hope there is adequate information at the linked pages.


Google Map for 天才美術社



Google Map for 真善美藝術用品社


Google Map for 藝友美術社


Google Map for 青山美術工藝社



Google Map for 松林美術器材社



Google Map for 名品美術社



Google Map for 同央美術社


Google Map for 雅得美術社

Sorry for the back-to-back posts, but it’s too late for me to edit my earlier post.

This appears to be an art supply store called Shih Sin Arts (世薪美術社) in Yunlin County:


They have a physical address, and they have operating hours, so I guess a person can just walk in and buy stuff.

Here they are on Google Maps (after you click the Street View pic, you have to turn right and go down the street a little ways if you want to get a good look at the outside of the store).

do you want some nitric acid, sulfuric acid, and ethanol with that?

please say No.

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believe it or not, you can find a video of that on youtube.

A delayed thanks to everyone!

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