Tucked away in the lush garden’s of Qinshui Park in Beitou area of Taipei is the Beitou Hot Springs Museum.  It is a charming Euro-Japanese style building that was once the main public hot springs bath house for the Japanese during their occupation of Taiwan.  This building has been restored as a museum to provide visitor’s a detailed look at the history of Taipei hot springs culture, particularily in the Beitou area of Taipei city, which is one of the main natural hot spring resort areas in Taiwan.         

Back view of the Beitou Hot Springs Museum.

The admission to the Beitou Hot Springs Museum is free.  However you do need to take off your shoes upon entering, and change into slippers that they will provide you.  The museum is quite interesting, but small (you can probably see the entire museum in 1 hour’s time).  Nonetheless it was just a great stroll to quickly learn how the hot springs industry operated in Beitou and some history in the area during the Japanese occupation.

The top window on this building looked like an “eye”.

My wife standing infront of the main entrance to the museum.

Some random instruments on display that my wife “pretended” to play.

One of the many areas in the museum showing how hot spring bathing was like back then.

Myself pretending to be taking a dip in the hot spring bath.  So this is how it felt like back then!

So in general this museum was a pretty good place for a quick informative lesson on Beitou and about Taipei hot springs culture.  It was pretty okay, considering that it was free!

 

Visitor’s Information to Beitou Hot Spring’s Museum

Address:   2 Zhongshan Rd, Beitou, Taipei, Taiwan

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed on Mondays and public holidays)

Nearest MRT train station:  Xinbeitou station (about 10 mins walk from there)

Location map of Beitou Hot Springs Museum

 

Have you been to any other cool museums?  Please share in the comments below…

 

Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of AlecTravelGuide.com

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