The Lin An Tai Historical House (林安泰古厝) offers a fascinating glimpse into Taipei of the past. This Fujian-style home, pond garden and courtyard is a bit of a mission to get to, but the 200-plus year old complex has been wonderfully restored and has lots of things to discover within.
It’s got to be up there as one of the top historical sites in Taipei, yet it usually does not have all the crowds of other such spots. Originally located in the Da’an district of Taipei, it was relocated and restored after petitions by various scholars and locals. When first built it was quite a complex, with a grand mansion and five annexes around the courtyard. It’s all been painstakingly put together as a kind of open-air museum, which is slowly but surely being recognized by tourists for its charming setting and traditional Chinese buildings.
How to get there
The nearest Taipei Metro station is Yuanshan, which is a short ride from Taipei Station on the red line (8 minutes, NT$20). From Yuanshan Station, the easiest way to get there is to take a YouBike rental bicycle. There is a YouBike station nearby to exit 2, near Starbucks, and one just across the road from the entrance of Lin An Tai Historical House. It’s a winding, yet pleasant ride through Yuanshan Park and the Fine Arts Park (10 minutes). It could also be walked in about 20 to 25 minutes.
If you don’t want to walk or cycle then you can take a bus there, such as the no. 222 or 72 buses from Xingtian Temple or Dazhi stations to the nearby Xinsheng Park (Linan Tai) bus stop (10 minutes, NT$15).
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 5pm (until 6pm in July and August)
Closed: Mondays and national holidays
Official website: linantai.taipei