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
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