Taiwan Sugar Museum
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4419Gulliver
Cincinnati, OH31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
Part of what I liked about the Sugar Museum was the ride on the train out to the mill. It has its own stop. This gave us a little view of the countryside in daylight.

The museum is free. It is a self-guided tour. There are whimsical sculptures of animals and fantastic creatures made form old machine parts in several locations. There are several steam and diesel locomotives and cars that were used to haul cane from the fields to the mill. you can see a small stand of sugar cane to show what it looks like.

The mill building itself is a bit haunting. The mill operated from 1902-1999. It's like they just walked away from it, although I'm sure it was cleaned up a lot. The access to see the equipment is pretty easy. There are English and Chinese signs telling about the sugar making process although they are too brief and suffer some from awkward translation. I'm an engineer and still had some difficulty following what they were saying.

You can also see the mill office building and the superintendent's residence from the outside. After waking around for a while we treated ourselves to an ice cream even though it was not lunch time yet. It was warm. Walking back to the train station we passed buildings that looked like they might have been worker housing, but we didn't see any signs explaining.

Overall it's a pleasant jaunt to the country to e see a piece of history and understand Taiwan a bit better. It could be done better but we enjoyed it.
Written September 13, 2013
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Ken
Singapore, Singapore27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
the entire factory is pretty huge!! i would strongly recommend you to rent a bicycle when you exit the ciaotou sugar factory mrt. then cycle around the sugar factory.

i personally did not like the museum because the texts are written in traditional mandarin chinese. prefer to read them in english. and because of the small crowd that this museum attracts, it is not economical for them to keep the air conditioning running. so after cycling under the hot sun for a long period of time, its a torture to stay within the museum without air con and pretty poor ventilation.

but i do love the sugar factory as a whole though. just pretty disappointed with the museum.

and a drum assembly actually hold its performance within the sugar factory as well. quite iconic though their performance.
Written October 6, 2016
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Susan T
164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014
It is a disused factory now turned into a museum. You get to understand how the sugarcane is transported, processed and made into sugar. This original site was formerly a sugarcane plantation. Now there are old trains for display. You can also rent a bicycle or 4 wheeler to move around as the place is huge. There is underground tunnel, a pig museum, a children's maze with a lot of interesting metal structures.
Written December 17, 2014
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Nixon L
Hong Kong, China60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
It's not exactly a museum, but an abandoned 'industrial estate' with additional shops and showrooms. The term, 'museum', is always misused in Taiwan to describe showrooms, abandoned sites and parks.

The main attraction is the abandoned sugar refinery and the showroom next door which give you a brief idea, in a rather passive manner, on how sugar canes were unloaded and became sugar -- if you can read Chinese. The factory and showroom are quiet and dark, not quite suitable for claustrophobics but some locals like taking pre-wedding photos there.

Outside the factory is a train yard with a few locomotives which used to drag sugar canes and sugar to and from the refinery. You can experience a train ride next to the MRT Station.

Another facility more relevant to sugar is the supermarket. There you can buy various flavours of ice-cream and popsicles at reasonable price, but don't expect too much about the taste. The taro and longan flavours taste indifferent to me, and they're more like caramel than what they are supposed to be.

The rest of the 'industrial estate' are abondoned staff quarters, office buildings, air-raid shelters, a showroom full of pig sculptures, a bicycle rental shop and a Qiaotou bun shop.

Taisugar is the owner and operator of this estate, but apparently it didn't do a good job.
Written October 29, 2015
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Dora C
Tainan, Taiwan4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
This place is a total must. Amazing. Awesome. I run out of plaudits. You could spend all day here. The museum is fantastic. The rusting factory a kid-friendly Urbex explore and there are so many things hidden away. The rusty shunters round the back of the engine shed were my highlight. Loved this place. Hands down the best thing in Kaohsiung. You really have got to go here. Can't believe we had the place to ourselves almost and it was free entry.
Written August 13, 2015
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Yu Chun M
Jakarta30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Family
It also represents the history of Kaohsiung and Taiwan as a whole. Rent a bike and explore the old sugar refineries and top your day off with the famous ice cream products of TaiTang (Taiwan Sugar company)
Written July 6, 2013
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Christina N
Redwood City, CA196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Solo
I didnt know what to expect at a sugar museum... but went ahead anyway. Boy, was I surprised to discover this hidden gem!

The old sugar factory itself wasnt anything spectacular, but the surrounding was very quaint, with lots of great photo spots for the photo enthusiasts. The whole area was rather deserted/ quiet/ empty on a weekday afternoon, and despite looking run down, had a very rustic feel to it.

I'd definitely come back here again.
Written January 18, 2013
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JohnCWang1688
Orange County, Ca35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Family
The Museum area was originally a Sugar Cane Factory which was one of the most important industry in the early years. A sugar train ride is a must to complete the tour.
Written January 8, 2013
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GoldBelly
Wellington, New Zealand28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Family
If you have ever wondered how sugar is made this is the place to come to. But it's not just about the sugar. The old factory provides an insight into the industrial redevelopment of Taiwan and how it has marked the landscape.

The factory is roomy and it is worthwhile hiring some bikes to cruise around on. There are plenty of old trains for the kids to clamber over. There are not many food options so it is worthwhile packing a lunch.
Written October 27, 2012
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loveDCA
Washington DC, DC1,198 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
The old sugar factory is the cornerstone to this park and is fun to visit - although a little daunting that you can roam freely in the factory. But the whole complex offers a lot more, including additional historical buildings, a drum studio, sugar museum (in Chinese), art studios, and lots of food and snack vendors (including a delicious steamed bun place by the station).
Written January 23, 2018
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