Beitou Library 绿建築圖書館
Across the street from the Ketagalan Culture Center is the Taipei Public Library Beitou Branch. It is not exactly an attraction, but it has a beautiful architecture with a purpose. As Taiwan’s first green library, Beitou Library is fitted with eco-friendly features and settings making it one of the most energy-efficient and environmental-friendly architectures of East Asia.
Tuesday to Saturday 8:30am – 9pm
Sunday and Monday 9am – 5pm
Closed on National Holidays and first Thursday of each month
Beitou Hot Spring Museum 北投温泉博物馆
Just a 3-minute walk up the hill from the library is the Beitou Hot Spring Museum. This unique European-style building was built during the Japanese occupation as the main public bath in Beitou.
The building occupies more than 2,300 sqm over two floors. The first floor was built of brick and the second of wood. The building displays a mixture of Japanese and Western construction styles. It was designed by Moriyama Matsunosuke, who also constructed many other significant buildings, such as the Office of the Governor General of Taiwan and the Tainan State Hall. The first floor consists of a bathing area, while a resting area occupies the second floor.
The lobby, which has tatami mats on the floor, was built in a traditional Japanese style. Visitors could rest, enjoy a cup of tea or play chess here. This area is now the museum’s event hall.
At 9 meters in length and 6 meters in width, the Large Bath was the biggest bath in East Asia at the time it was built and mainly for the use of male guests.
Notice from the Museum:
- The building is a grade 3 listed Historic Building. Maximum capacity is 200 people. Shoes are not permitted and will be required to change into indoor slippers provided at the entrance.
- Photography is allowed for personal usage. No commercial event/wedding photography is permitted in the museum. To avoid blocking the visiting path, use of tripods is not allowed.
- Due to the narrow corridors of the museum, the usage of baby strollers or wheelchairs is not recommended.
Address: No. 2 Zhongshan Road, Beitou District, Taipei City
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9am – 5pm. Closed on Monday and National Holidays
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