The British Consulate at Takow (打狗英國領事館文化園區山上官邸) is a former British consulate built in 1865 in Kaohsiung. The first consulate in Taiwan, it was restored in 2013 by the local city government, and since then the compound has become one of the city’s most popular attractions. It has since been designated a historic site by the Ministry of the Interior.
The compound includes a consular residence up a hill looking over the bay, a consular office at the bottom and a short trail that connects them. The residence building is a classical red-stone brick structure with an arched veranda. It’s location next to the port allowed for easy access in assisting trade and consular matters. It also used to contain a small jail and constabulary office.
As well as being able to walk around the compound, visitors to the British Consulate at Takow can have a traditional English tea set at the restaurant inside the consulate building at the top of the hill. It’s surprisingly authentic, with tasty scones and classic British sandwiches. In the next room there is also a souvenir shop, with a selection of British themed gifts, such as mugs, teas and royal family plates. Outside there is a cheaper cafe, where you can try out the British rose-flavored tea, which was actually rather tasty!
How to get there
From Formosa Boulevard Station in central Kaohsiung take the Kaohsiung Metro Orange line west to Sizihwan Station (5 minutes, NT$20). From here it’s 20 minutes on foot, just head west and follow the many street signs and maps. There is a bicycle rental station just around the corner from the main entrance, towards the west.
Hours and fees
Hours: 9am to 7pm (Monday to Friday), 9am to 9pm (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays)
Admission: NT$99. Free for children under 80cm in height
Official website: britishconsulate.khcc.gov.tw