Looking to the Beitou Hot Spring Museum from the Beitou Library
Beitou Hot Spring Museum
Beitou District is the northernmost end of Taipei City and is best known for the hot springs here. The museum was a public bath house built in 1913 by the Japanese Colonial Government. It became deserted until discovered by a group of teachers and students from Beitou Elementary School in 1994. In 1997, the building was designated as a third-grade historical site and was transformed into the Beitou Hot Spring Museum after renovation.
The entrance to the museum is located on the second floor. All visitors need to take off their shoes and put on the indoor slippers the museum provides.
The main part of the second floor is the Tatami Lobby.
First floor was where the bathing took place. Originally there were changing rooms and separate baths for men and women. There were individual bathrooms and a rest area for the VIPs.
The Big Bath is surrounded by arches and columns.
Stained Glass Panels by the Big Bath
Close Up of Stained Glass Panels by the Big Bath
The Beitou Hot Spring Museum is such a beautiful building. The exterior of the building is in the Victorian style with brick and wood. There is a little amphitheater in the back.
If you find yourself in Taipei, spend a relaxing day in Beitou. There are many hotels in the area to enjoy the hot springs.
It was raining hard the day I visited. As I walked towards the building, I could see all the people in there reading quietly. It was a beautiful and peaceful view with the library standing in the rain in the wide open park.
Once I was inside, I felt surrounded by nature as the furniture and most of the interior surfaces were wood. Bookshelves were below eye-level to create the openness of the space. All the windows were open. There are tables and chairs on the balcony for reading.