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Why Beitou Museum is special ?
Beitou Museum, previously known as Taiwan Folk Arts Museum (北投文物館) is located on a small mountain behind Hell Valley with beautiful views over the Beitou area. The traditional Japanese-style wooden building was built during the Japanese colonial era and dates back to 1921. Originally the Kazan Hotel, the property was once the most luxurious hot springs facility in the area.
During WWII, the hotel was used by Japanese Kamikaze squadron pilots, and the tatami room on the second floor was where they would have their last meal before the final flight of their lives. It is one of the largest free standing wooden structures remaining in Taiwan from the Japanese colonial era, and was designated as a historic site by the Taipei Government in 1998.
What to explore at Beitou Museum?
The first sight of the Folk Arts Museum brings back a nostalgia of a lovers' reunion. It is an incredibly old building, designated by the Taipei City Government as a historical site of the third rank . It is of 2 storeys height, and the design took after that of the Tung Dynasty. At the front of the gate is a tea cremonial hall with the art crafts section. After getting admitted at the ticket booth, you need to switch to indoor slippers and finally you may slowly admire the cultural items within the building. There are Taiwanese traditional objects, traditional costumes, aboriginal cultural teachings etc. on display, and the most popular Women's Foot-binding History display portrays the pain women had to go through in the past. After touring, don't forget the toilet in the downstairs area, it includes a sense of obsolesence as well as pictures of historical beauties. On the way out, there is a guest book and museum stamps for you to leave with a mark and return home with a memento
How to get to Beitou Museum?
1. Take MRT Danshui line(捷運淡水線) to Xinbeitou Station(捷運新北投站), transfer bus route 230 in front of Guanming Police station(光明派出所) to museum directly.
2. Take MRT Danshui line(捷運淡水線) to Beitou Station(捷運北投站), transfer bus route red 25(紅25) or 230 to museum directly.
From Shi-Lin: take northbound Zhou-Mei EXPWY to Daya Rd,->MRT XIn Beitou Sation-> Quan Yuan RD-> Narshal Zen Garden restaurant -> Youya Rd
- Great trip for the history of Taiwan
- Interesting place
- Great Place for Tea With a View
- Relaxing atmosphere in simple museum
- Nice atmosphere with Japanese style
Tips for you
Guided Tour: Free guided tours: 11:00 & 14:30 on weekend & holidays Free Audio Guide: Free audio guide rental with Mandarin, English, Japanese Guided Tours Service: During the open hours, please make the reservation prior one week in advance to confirm if the reserved time slot is available For reservation, call: +886-2-2891-2318 ext.9Service
“Quaint Japanese Styled Museum” The Beitou Museum 北投文物館 (previously known as Taiwan Folk Arts Museum) is Japanese influenced musuem. It was originally a tea-house that now houses works of art by local artists, as well as folk relics and aboriginal art from earlier times. The museum is open from 1000 - 1730 from Tuesday to Sunday. You get a 50% discount if you have the Youth Travel Card. Visitors have the option of having tea or just browse through the museum. The food and beverage section serves tea and food, and the second floor has room and even lessons for tea ceremonies Once payment is made, we were handed socks and told to remove our shoes and place them in the locker provided. Photography is not permitted inside. Do check out my blog for more photos and details.