Gold Museum, New Taipei Government

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Gold Museum, New Taipei Government

Gold Museum, New Taipei Government
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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With its air of historical heritage, Shuijinjiu (ShueiNanDong, Jingguashi, Jiufen) used to be prosperous and glamorous due to mining. Although its magnificent semblance no longer exists, the peaceful and beautiful atmosphere has persisted. With a wave to the age of the gold rush, one can still see a glimpse of its glorious past through the Golden Waterfall. Gazing at the ShueiNanDong Remains of the 13 Levels, it is like a beautiful palace that was deserted, earning it the name of “Potala Palace of the Mountain Mines”. Probing forward to the mouth of the river is the considerably distinguished Yinyang Sea, with its half gold half bluish green spectacle inspiring countless imaginations of romance. Walking along the streets of the meandering old streets of Jiufen and tasting the various kinds of authentic eateries is the love of tourists. Stepping into the Golden Museum, one can glimpse the historical traces of the mining industry culture, reminiscing of past glories from its museum, living quarters, and shrine remains. The unassuming mountain city of Houtong used to be a mining village. With the call of cat lovers, volunteer groups were established to create a friendly environment for cats and turned Houtong into a cat village for cat lovers.

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holly c
Taipei, Taiwan97 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
I stayed at a hostel call “On My Way Jiufen Youth Hostel” and from the hostel to the Gold Museum takes around 10 minute with the Bus 788 or Bus 1062.

The New Taipei City Gold Museum (Gold Ecological Park) contains many different attractions. With the ticket which you can buy at the entrance with 80 NT, you can already visit the main six attractions including the Four Joined Japanese-Style Residence, the Environmental Building, the Gold Refining Building, the Jin-Shui Special Exhibition Hall, the Jinguashi Prince Chalet and most importantly, the Gold Square.

The Four Joined Japanese-Style Residence was a former dormitory for the staffs of Nippon Mining Corporation. Other than learning the living of a family in the era of Showa, we can also learn about the Japanese architectural creativity and characteristics.

The Jinguashi Prince Chalet was built in 1922 by Takana Mining Co. to host the Crown Prince Hirahita (later Emperor Showa) during a visit to inspect the mining industry in Jinguashi area at that time. The building is mostly built with Chinese cypress and Chinese fir and it create a very peaceful environment. It was designated as a monument of New Taipei City on March 14, 2007.

The Gold Square is a beautiful glass building with steel structures which preserves the rich gold-mining culture of the area. Inside the Gold Square museum, the history of gold-mining in the Jinguashi area and also the gold-mining situations and history all over the World are shown. The history of gold-mining in Taiwan can be traced back to the 16th Century when Taiwan was called the Treasure Island of the East in the Legend and the indigenous people in Taiwan at the time had already learned to trade with gold.

There are also other Tourist sites around the Gold Museum including the Teapot Mountain and the Gold Waterfall which are also in the Jinguashi area. We also went on the Teapot Mountain where we viewed the Jinguashi area with a gorgeous view and saw the Teapot Mountain. It is named Teapot Mountain because there is a rock which look like a Teapot. Just to be careful not to cross the dangerous area where the warning sign stands.

There are also many lovely coffee shops around the Gold Museum, personally I recommend a café call “café and me” and another call “take a walk”. You can see “Café and me” on the way from the golden Museum to the Teapot Mountain. It is a simple and beautiful café where a Taiwan Serie call “Someone like you” had once filmed there. “Take a walk” is near the entrance of the Gold Museum where you just need to walk down the staircase and turn left. “Take a walk” is a café in a very traditional old building of Taiwan and it is very comfy inside.
Written September 1, 2017
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Kenneth Tan
Singapore, Singapore193 contributions
Oct 2019
If you are already at Jiufen Old Street, you can swing by to experience mining and also to see a gigantic gold bar being displayed. Tickets are required too. There's a popular Bento which you can try too.
Written October 14, 2019
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jameshuang
Taipei, Taiwan2,007 contributions
Nov 2015 • Family
Gold Museum (黃金博物館) is a museum of the gold mining industry located in the hill town of Jinguashi in Ruifang District, New Taipei City. Jinguashi was notable for its historic gold and copper mines. In the Japanese occupation era (from 1895 to1945), Jinguashi’s gold output was astonishing. During its golden era, it was the site of a gold rush in northern Taiwan. According to recent studies, it may still contain as much as 250 metric tons (8,818,490 oz) of gold.

Gold Museum contains a large area, and there are many tourist attractions in addition to the main attraction of the Gold Building (黃金館). We went directly to the Tourist Information Center after we parked our car and purchased the ticket. We got the brochure at the Tourist Information Center. We did not visit all the attractions this visit although we have visited 3 times before. The main attraction is the Gold Building area. Near the Gold Building, you can find Benshan No. 5 Tunnel (本山五坑), Outdoor Air Compressor (戶外壓縮機) and the gift shop. The Gold Building is a museum of local gold mining history of Jinguashi (金瓜石). This building is modernized from former Taiwan Metal Mining Corp. The first floor has a gold discovery process, a model of the Benshan tunnels, mining transport system, mining equipments and related remainders in Jinguashi. The second floor is the character and applications of gold with numbers of gold craftworks. The most popular spot is the big 220kg 999.9 pure gold brick for you to see and touch. Any two people (one on each side) can own it if you can lift it. Benshan No. 5 Tunnel lets you have a chance to learn about the old time gold mining process in the tunnel. It was quite an unusual experience. If you only spend few hours here, Jinguashi Crown Prince Chalet (金瓜石太子賓館) is another spot you should visit. This 1922 AD wooden house is one of the well preserved Japanese buildings in Taiwan. It was built by Takana Mining Co. to host the Crown Prince Hirohito (later Japanese Emperor Showa) during a planned visit to inspect the mining industry in Jinguashi area. Inside the property, you can also find a lovely Japanese garden, a miniature golf course and an archery field. If you want to learn further of Jinguashi's geology, environment, climate, plants and the characteristics, you should visit the Environment Building.

They also provide the free guide tour 3 to 4 times a day. You can check at Tourist Information Center for details. I believe you need to reserve one day in the Gold Museum if you want to see them all. Don’t forget the nearby attractions of Jiufen Old Street, where the mountain and sea scenery here is outstanding. General Admission is NTD 80, and the opening hours is weekday (Monday to Friday): 9:30 AM to 5 PM; Weekend (Saturday, Sunday and Nation Holiday): 9:30 AM to 6 PM.
Written October 24, 2016
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paulynyyy
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,878 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
We didn't visit the outdoor park, instead we paid (NT80) and went to the indoor museum as it was raining. We had a long but nice walk as the driver could not stop and wait at the front of the museum. Had some insights on the history and the worklife of the coal miners and managed to touch the 220kg gold bar.
Tip: if you are in packed day trip schedule (to visit Jiu Fen, Shi Fen, Yehliu etc), you may want to make this visit as short as possible.
Written January 16, 2019
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Brian B
Kaohsiung, Taiwan253 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
The gold museum and accompanying mine tunnel is interesting and does give some insight into gold mining in 20th century Taiwan, but it is lacking in artifacts and detail. Worth a visit if you are in the area for the views down the valley to the sea if nothing else.
Written July 28, 2018
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Janelyn M
Makati, Philippines187 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
The place is part of the mining place and is full of history. It boasts of their well-maintained manicured gardens and museum. The staff are so accommodating (even if it was so hard for them to speak in English). I recommend that you bring a sweater, an umbrella or raincoat as the weather there is quite unpredictable.
Written April 1, 2018
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FlamingRED007
Singapore183 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
How to Get here : From Taipei, you can take MRT/ train to Xinbei and later Bus to this location. Take note the buses act like shuttle tours. From here next would be golden waterfalls, volcanic mountain and the sea in the end.

Gold Museum : I under estimated the visiting hours, since more than Half day was spent on Jiufen old st, by the time when visited this place, it was 2 pm in afternoon. With the friendly tour office information, just visited the main area, japanese crown prince chalet, japanese garden and got a nice workmen's tiffen box as memoir and out.

However, for people to visit the rail track and gold museum on the top, its a good hike up. This old deserted town is huge, its so huge intact it takes much space on the mountains.

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Written August 13, 2017
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Robert H
Redmond, WA136 contributions
Jul 2019
This attraction is a complex that used to be a gold mining and refining facility. There are a number of different attractions inside, but you have to pay an additional fee to visit some of them. Not a whole lot of information about the process. Lots of shops and places to eat. If I knew what I know now, I would not have taken the 1 hour and 45 minute bus ride.
Written July 28, 2019
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Yinh
Melbourne, Australia107 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
I did most of the outdoor stuff, which is free.

It's a nice place to walk around and have a look. Some nice old historic buildings set amongst a mountain valley.

The day I went the weather was perfect. I can imagine that it would not be as fun if the weather was bad.

You can take the 856 from Jiufen to get there.
Written February 3, 2019
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Alejandro H
Buenos Aires, Argentina171 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
Small and tidy gold mine museum surrounded by mountains. Easy to walk around. A very friendly old lady at the information desk at the entrance....her english wasn’t very good but her kindness makes everything understandable...
Written July 5, 2018
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