Beitou Museum / Taiwan Folk Arts Museum (北投文物館)

On September 26, 2013 by admin

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Beitou Museum, previously known as Taiwan Folk Arts Museum (北投文物館) is located on a small mountain behind Hell Valley with beautiful views over the Beitou area. The traditional Japanese-style wooden building was built during the Japanese colonial era and dates back to 1921. Originally the Kazan Hotel, the property was once the most luxurious hot springs facility in the area.

Views from the outdoor restaurant area at Beitou Museum

During WWII, the hotel was used by Japanese Kamikaze squadron pilots, and the tatami room on the second floor was where they would have their last meal before the final flight of their lives. It is one of the largest free standing wooden structures remaining in Taiwan from the Japanese colonial era, and was designated as a historic site by the Taipei Government in 1998.

Second floor dining / entertainment area where Japanese Kamikaze fighter pilots would eat their last meal. The dining area is still in use today!

After a five year restoration project, the building reopened in 2008 and currently offers a great opportunity to enjoy Japanese gardens, architecture, as well as delicious Taiwanese tea and Japanese cuisine while enjoying the scenery below. Groups can reserve ahead to have meals in the second floor tatami room that was used by the Kamikaze pilots.  If you are planning to enjoy a full-course meal at the museum, it is best to book ahead.

Taiwanese tea can be enjoyed outdoors with beautiful views over Beitou.  NT$220 per person

Taiwanese tea or meals can be enjoyed outdoors with beautiful views over Beitou.

Meals be enjoyed outdoors with beautiful views over Beitou. The price and content of the courses change periodically, so it is always best to call ahead.

For rainy days, there is also indoor seating.

All food is served in courses, but there are a number of different courses to choose from.  The contents of the course meals change frequently, so it is best to call ahead to see what is on the menu and what the prices are. Below is a comparison of two courses that were available during our visit.  The simpler course was NT$650 and more extensive course was NT$880.

Simmered Daikon radish and octopus with miso sauce, common to both courses

Different types of steamed fish come with each course.

Pan fried fresh scallops with pumpkin sauce, only in the larger course

 

The rice and soup dishes vary slightly between the two courses.

Apart from serving great food and tea in an amazing environment, the museum also holds a variety of exhibits and arts performances featuring Taiwanese, Japanese, and indigenous cultures.

Japanese style rock garden

Museum exhibitions

 

For ideas on how to make a day trip out of your Beitou visit, see our Taipei Day Trip 1: Beitou article.

 

Vital Stats

Name: Beitou Museum / Taiwan Folk Arts Museum (北投文物館)

Address: No. 32, Yōuyǎ Road, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan 112 (台北市北投區幽雅路32號)

Tel: 02 2891 2318

Admission: Adults NT$120, Students and Seniors NT$50, Groups of 20+ NT$80

Meals: Varies according to menu.  Traditional Taiwanese Tea Set NT$220 per person, Smaller Course Meal NT$650, Larger Course Meal NT$880

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00am – 5:30pm

* Closed on Mondays

 


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