Taipei: Beitou District

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Located on the northern district of Taipei, Beitou is well known for its hot springs. Even if you are not a fan of hot spring, the natural landscape of Beitou is an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of Taipei city. I took the MRT to Xin Beitou Station (Transfer at Beitou Station). The train car is remodeled to look like a public bath with information screens of Beitou tourist sites.

Xin Beitou Station

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Notable entrance to Xin Beitou Station.

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Once you are out of the station, walked along ZhongShan Road towards the direction to Beitou Hot Spring.

Ketagalan Culture Center

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Along the way you will notice the Ketagalan Culture Center, a museum dedicated to the various Taiwanese Plains Aborigines cultures. It is worth to visit for a short while.

The exhibition spread across 4 levels brings visitors back in time to discover the history and traditions of the 14 indigenous peoples’.

Ketagalan Culture Center
Located along Zhongshan Road
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 9am – 5pm. Closed on Mondays.
Admission is Free

Beitou Hot Spring Museum

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Beitou Hot Spring Museum used to be the largest public bathhouse in East Asia, constructed by the Japanese in 1913.

The architecture of the building is a mixture of Japanese and Roman style. After restoration, the building was opened in 1998 as a museum. You are required to remove your footwear and change into slippers that are provided before entering the museum.

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The Tatami Lobby is a perfect place to sit and relax.

The smaller baths were reserved primarily for female guests.

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The stained glass windows are one of the most notable features of the building.

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Large bath for the male guests.

Beitou Hot Spring Museum
Located along Zhongshan Road
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 9am – 5pm. Closed on Mondays.
Admission is Free

Beitou Thermal Valley

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Beitou Thermal Valley is also known as Hell’s Valley given that the temperatures of the waters can reach up to 100°C. If you need to catch a breath, there is a cafe at the entrance of the valley.

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You could actually see steam rising up high. The waters from the Valley are actually the source of the hot spring bathing facilities in Beitou.

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Beitou Thermal Valley
Located along Zhongshan Road
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 9am – 5pm. Closed on Mondays.
Admission is Free

9 Thoughts

  1. Wow! This hot spring looks much more appealing than the one I have visited in Taipei :) Thanks for sharing! Maybe I will try this one the next time I travel to Taiwan.

  2. Reading this reminds me of my trip to Taiwan back in 2013. In the hotel room in Taipei, there was a specially-designed bathtub which looked like a hot spring bath, which was very nice. I soaked myself in the hot water for probably 15 minutes and when I got up I felt dizzy right away. Later I found out that dizziness is a side effect of hot spring bath especially for those who are not used to it. It was an interesting experience nonetheless.

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