The Beitou Hot Spring Museum (北投溫泉博物館) is a tudor-style building in Beitou that used to house a large public bath during the Japanese colonial times. It now functions as an excellent museum about hot springs, from their formation under the earth to the long history and culture of public baths across Taiwan.
While originally designed at the time by Japanese architect Moriyama Matsunosuke, the building mixes both Japanese and western elements. On the first floor is the bathing area, featuring what was once the largest bath in East Asia. With traditional tiled walls, arched hallways and stained glass windows, it really feels like you have been transported back to the 1950s.
Upstairs is a Japanese tatami floor lobby, where visitors used to enjoy tea after a soak in the baths, as well as a pavilion that provides a good rest spot and view over Beitou Park. There are also some videos and displays that show off the building through the various ages, from its hot spring heydays, to its state of disrepair in the 80s, all the way to its restoration.
How to get there
Beitou Hot Spring Museum is a 5 minute walk from Xinbeitou Station. Most people get there via the Taipei Metro’s red line from Taipei Station (30 minutes, NT$50), or Tamsui Station if coming from the north (25 minutes, NT$50). Note that a change of trains is required at Beitou Station, where you’ll jump onto the branch line to Xinbeitou Station. From Xinbeitou Station it’s a pleasant walk though Beitou Park, which is just ahead of the station exit.
Some buses also stop outside, at the Beitou Park stop, such as routes 216, 218, 218 (Shuttle), 266 and S22. Many of these then head up into Yangmingshan National Park.
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 5pm
Closed: Mondays and national holidays
Official website: hotspringmuseum.taipei