The Beitou Hot Spring Museum (北投溫泉博物館) was originally constructed by the Japanese in 1913 and was the largest hot springs public bath in East Asia at the time. It functioned as the main public bath in Beitou and received visits from both Crown Prince Hirohito and Dr. Sun Yat-sen. This historic building magnificently combines Roman style arches and columns with Japanese interior design. The building was restored and re-opened in 1998 and features displays of Beitou’s hot spring history, as well as the area’s rare hokutolite “Beitou stones”. Visitors are asked to remove their shoes before entering (Japanese custom) and change into slippers that are provided by the museum. Stroll through the buildings 12 rooms, including 1 tatami mat performance area, and the original public bath in the basement. The building is lit up at night, providing more great photo opportunities.
For ideas on how to make a day trip out of your Beitou visit, see our Taipei Day Trip 1: Beitou article.
Name: Beitou Hot Spring Museum (北投溫泉博物館）
Address: No. 2, Zhōngshān Rd, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan 112 (台北市北投區中山路二號)
Phone Number: 02-28939981
Open: Tuesday – Sunday from 9am – 5pm
Closed: Mondays and National Holidays