Most Taiwanese houses used to look like the Lin An Tai homestead. Only a few of these traditional houses, with beautiful, ... More
Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum
Most Taiwanese houses used to look like the Lin An Tai homestead. Only a few of these traditional houses, with beautiful, sloping Chinese roofs and courtyards in the center, remain today. These stone and brick houses are based on a design that dates back to the Qing dynasty. Interestingly, Lin An Tai home was actually built in a different part of Taipei City in 1783 and moved here nearly 200 years later. This house has been preserved to educate people about Taiwan's history and is definitely worth a visit.
The Lin An-Tai House offers a glimpse of what life was like for a successful business family in Taipei around 1800.
The house is actually a complex of brick buildings built between 1783 and 1785. Its original location was in an area off what is now Dunhua South Road in Taipei. In the late 1970s, it was threatened with demolition when the area was being redeveloped. After efforts to have it declared a national historic site failed, the house was dismantled piece by piece and put into storage. In the mid-1980s, a new site for the home was chosen on Binqiang Street, in northern Taipei's Xinsheng Park, not far from the Grand Hotel (and in the shadow of an elevated freeway).
The restoration reopened in 1986, and it has been maintained (and improved) since then by the Taipei City Government.
What you'll find here is a traditional home organized around a central courtyard. Opening into the open courtyard is the main hall, which houses an altar for worshiping the Lin family ancestors. Sitting rooms, and bedrooms also surround the courtyard. Another layer back are a kitchen, more bedrooms, and work rooms. Over the years, the caretakers have added period furnishings, including several magnificent old-style beds, that add to the picture of 18th and 19th century life.
To get there, take the Danshui Line metro to the Yuanshan station.
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