The Taiwan Folk Arts Museum is located in a Japanese occupation era building formerly used as the upscale Koyama Hotel and hot spring. Designated as a Taipei historic site, the two-floor wooden structure covers an area of about 2,645 square meters. The Japanese-style courtyard is elegantly landscaped, with a small bridge, stream, artificial mountain and pine trees. The building is especially evident beautiful illuminated at night.
During World War II, the building was used as a Japanese officers' club. After the war, it was used as an official guesthouse and later it was sold to a private buyer. The building also has been featured in many local movies.
The museum exhibits include a permanent display on the history of the museum building as well as various theme exhibits. The displays provide a cultural complement to the seasonal natural beauty of the museum setting. On the second floor, visitors can also enjoy Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations and other artistic performances. The space can also be rented for dinner banquets.
- Art and Cultural Centers Public Art
- Family、Campus teaching
- Suggested Months for Visiting
- All year
- Phone Number
- No. 32, Youya Rd., Beitou Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
Monday: Off day
Tuesday: 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday: 10:00 – 18:00
Thursday: 10:00 – 18:00
Friday: 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00
Services & Facilities
Superb Set-lunchWith its century old history, most of which wonderfully preserved, the museum is a hidden gem in this hot spring central area of Beitou. Established in the 1920's during the Japanese occupation era, this place used to be an elegant guesthouse (Kazan hotel), probably serving the then Japanese "upper class", complete with meeting rooms and ritual tea ceremony space, and a traditional 'hot spring bathing room'. The manager of the place has been kind enough to show visiting guests the various rooms in this rather spacious 'museum' & its history. Rather amazing setup in my view. When we arrived in late morning, we're welcomed to stay for lunch which we happily accepted the offer. After being shown around the place and watched a video, we returned to the dining area where quite a few families were already taken their place in the hall where lunch will be served. It's kind off a set lunch arrangement and we're promptly given a menu. To my surprise it resembles a list of what I would call "mini-degustation" - 9 dishes in all, complete with ontree, small snacks of prawns, scallops, chicken, fish 'snacks' (steamed, fried & sushi style), finishing with kinda herbal soup, desert & fruits. Admittedly the three of us were quite full at the end of the 'banquet' and really couldn't fault the menu, or the chef who designed it for that matter. A very pleasant surprise lunch experience at a museum.
Nueva York, Estado de Nueva York
Quiet old Japanese style house with great afternoon tea setThis is a lovely old hotel in traditional Japanese style architecture, with miniature courtyards. There are exhibition explaining the construction method, as well as temporary special exhibition. There is a restaurant with outdoor terrace for afternoon tea sets. It is a great place for spending time with friends.
Colchester, Reino Unido
Tranquil Japanese House with lovely traditional kaiseki mealAbsolutely lovely, tranquil and mesmerising part of Taipei, definitely worth a trip there! Based in Taipei for the trip but have done all the stuff within town so decided Beitou would be a good change from the hustle and bustle of main Taipei. I walked all the way up to the museum, used around 15 minutes (can be quite steep for some), there's a bus (S25) that does go from Beitou Park (just outside Beitou metro station instead. Entrance fee: 100TWD (£2.5~) if you just want to walk around. 800TWD (£20) would be for the meal and walking around, which I would recommend if budget allows (see below). Everyone there were very friendly and helpful. An older lady was talking to the kids, offering to help visitors to take group photos and kindly talked me through some of the exhibits. The waiters/ waitresses were all very polite too. The house's wooden and the tiles are in tatami style, which for me was really mesmerising, peaceful and tranquil, very relaxed just to be around. There were exhibitions about Taiwanese art crafts and also history of the museum (it was a Japanese hot spring resort when established). The meal was in Kaiseki style, meaning multiple small dishes. I've had Kaiseki meals where it's served all at once; as dishes were served one after another this time, I was a bit disappointed (I suppose it keeps the food warm and fresh though). Good quality food indeed, such as soft and tender egg and eel roll, 'al dente' soba noodles and comforting chicken soup (bamboo shoots and cheese was a weird combination though...). Overall excellent experience, very lovely morning spent here!
Hong Kong, China
Curious Japanese legacyThe occupying Japanese developed the property as a spa, guesthouse, tea house and Kubiki in the 1920s. Seems the Japanese were instrumental in introducing host springs to Beitou and re-foresting the Yangming mountain area. Surprisingly the Taiwanese government compensated the Japanese owners shortly after WWII. The property was in private hands from the 60s on and served as a movie set and private residence. It was repurchased by the government and refurbished to original state 2000-2008. It is spectacular and photogenic location. The original onsen and tea rooms are intact. The exhibitions rotate and we were unfortunate to visit in the middle of an exhibition change. There is also a Kaseki style Japanese restaurant, tea house and art shop on the property. Curious that this Japanese legacy was not plowed under. Perhaps the Taiwanese have a more nuanced view on Japanese occupation relative to the Koreans.
Beitou Museumvisitor 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.
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