The Miaoli Hakka Round House (苗栗客家圓樓) is a grand recreation of a ‘Hakka Talou’, an old Chinese rural dwelling that used to exist among the Hakka people in Fujian. It is considered by most Taiwanese to have the foremost collection of authentic Hakka artifacts, as well as some superb little exhibitions about their culture. These include Hakka musical instruments, traditional costumes and head ornaments, plus recordings of Hakka folk songs.
You’ll get a decent overview of the evolution of the Hakka people, from their tea-picking and unique food culture, to how they are represented in modern Taiwan. If you have a bit of extra time you can also watch a bit of a Hakka language TV drama or watch some Hakka performance street art. There are also occasional special events, but most of the year it’s a quiet spot to visit.
While the exhibitions are not as interactive or fancy as some, the Miaoli Hakka Round House is a worthwhile place to stop off and take a quick break if you are using the Taiwan High Speed Rail Pass. Alternatively, if you are exploring the Miaoli area and have a bit of time on your hands before your train, it’s a pleasant way to spend half an hour or so.
How to get there
The Miaoli Hakka Round House is a short, signposted walk from the Taiwan High Speed Rail Miaoli Station, as well as the nearby Fengfu Station (Taiwan Railways).
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 5pm (closed on Mondays)