Taipei: Beitou Hot Spring Museum (北投溫泉博物館)

👫 I'm back lovely peeps, I apologize (シ. .)シ for the super loooong absence from blogging. Without further ado, here's a continuation of our Taipei trip to bring this blog up to speed! Beitou (北投) is a mountainous district in the north of Taipei City, but this area is a flourishing hot spring tourist industry dotted with hot spring hotels and inns.
 
MRT Danshui line (捷運淡水線)
Xinbeitou MRT Station 新北投站

Unfortunately, we didn't get the chance to try the hot spring spa, which is the major attraction in the Beitou District (北投區). But we opted to visit the Beitou Hot Spring Museum (北投溫泉博物館) built during the Japanese occupation. This Euro-Japanese style building was once an abandoned public bathhouse but recovered by the community and reconstructed into a museum. The building occupies more than 2,300 sqm over two floors. The first floor exhibits the discovery of hokutolite, special exhibition area and the geological landscape and development of the Beitou Hot Springs.


Big Bath

Hokutolite

Sights on the 2nd floor include an exhibit about the reconstruction and preservation of the museum, showcasing Beitou's impact on Taiwanese cinema, the youth of Beitou, a multimedia auditorium, and a balcony for visitors to explore and view of Beitou Creek.

Beitou Hot Spring Museum Balcony


In the center of the second floor is the Tatami Lobby, a Japanese-style multipurpose room with sliding paper doors around the perimeter and tatami mats covering the floor. 

Tatami Lobby

Through the efforts of local community members, it was declared a Class Three National Historical Site in 1997. Following renovations in 1998 the Taipei City Government transformed it into the Beitou Hot Spring Museum, introducing the building architectural elements, knowledge of hot springs, and the unique characteristics of hot spring baths in Taiwan.

Entrance to the Beitou Hot Spring Museum is free. But it is currently closed for renovations and will be scheduled to reopen on October 27, 2018.

If you like watching videos, I've also shared footage on YouTube including the Beitou Thermal Valley (北投地熱谷), which I will be blogging on my next post. 


Beito Hot Spring Museum (北投溫泉博物館), Address
No.2, Zhongshan, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00am to 5:00pm. 
Not open on public holidays.
Closed on Mondays and national holidays 
(open if the national holiday falls on a weekend)
Call: (02)2893-9981


Till next time,
💖 Mhel

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