Xinbeitou Historic Station (新北投車站) is the former station that connected the hot spring town of Beitou to Taipei. Reconstructed in its original wooden form, it’s a cool little representation of what Beitou would have looked like for tourists coming here 100 or so years ago.
Originally built way back in 1916, it’s purpose was to bring all the tourists that came in their droves to enjoy the local hot springs, entertainment complexes and festivals. It was shut down in 1988, as Taipei Metro were building a new station next door anyway, but locals campaigned for it to be brought back as it played such a large part in the history of Beitou. What you can now see today is an interesting insight into the old Beitou.
Inside the station building is a gift shop selling various cute souvenirs, as well as some displays that illustrate life in the olden days. There’s lots of information for train geeks and those just interested in the history of the area. Also be sure to head into the train parked outside for the interactive displays, all of which are free to check out. It’s definitely a nice way to spend a few minutes before heading off into the Beitou area or up into Yangmingshan National Park. Plus there is a little hot spring hand bath just outside the station in case you need to warm up on a winter’s day.
How to get there
The Xinbeitou Historic Station is just outside, to the right after you exit Xinbeitou Station on the Taipei Metro’s red line. It’s not far 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.
Hours and fees
Hours: 10am to 8:30pm on Fridays to Sundays, 10am to 6pm Tuesdays to Thursdays
Admission: Free to enter both the station building and train
Official website: xbths.taipei