Lin An Tai Historical House & Museum

Lin An Tai Historical House & Museum

Lin An Tai Historical House & Museum
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One of the few remaining old Taipei homes, this charming building was meticulously dismantled and rebuilt on new land in 1984.
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Lin An-tai historic house and museum is a traditional Chinese farming family home, it is around 200 yeas old. It has a number of wings to house various generations of the family. It is built in red brick; the roofing is in terra cotta tiles. It has (or did have) good feng shui, with flowing water and a hill behind it. The residence is adjacent to Xinsheng Park, part of the Taipei Floral Expo Park. Best way to approach the Lin An-tai residence is to take the MRT and get off at Yuan Shan Station. It is around 20 minutes on foot to the house..
Written October 16, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The Lin An-tai House is in Binjiang Park, it is quite easy to find and worth the walk from Yuanshan MRT Station on the Red (Tamshui-Xinyi) Line. This house is one of the oldest traditional houses in the Taipei area. It has been beautifully restored and gives a good idea of an ideal farming family house from days gone by. The house has an auspicious layout and good fengshui. It's cool in summer and warm in winter. The house, which is some 200 years old, is built in Fujian style, with red bricks and terra cotta tiles. It's well worth a visit.
Written April 10, 2021
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jenkle89
Hendaye, France418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We spent a good couple of hours visiting this beautiful house and grounds. It was very interesting learning about the history of the building too and the fact that it has been moved several times in the past. Definately worth visiting, this attraction is free of charge.
Written February 9, 2020
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James
Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A beautiful old mansion in Taipei city. Admission is free. The design of this architecture is based on Feng shui. A hidden gem in Taipei city. A good place to spend your time on a sunny day during the non summer season in Taiwan.
Written February 27, 2020
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Samantha S
Singapore, Singapore336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We walk about 18 mins from the Zhongshan Elementary School Station. We walked through from the Taipei Rose Garden and from the garden back gate can walk over Lin An Tai Historical House & Museum. This is a free entrance museum. This whole place is well preserved and are decorated with traditional furniture and pottery. This house is really big and beautiful. There's a big pond inside the house too. We walked about an hour inside to take pictures. Importance note, the toilets here are clean.

Overall, this Lin An Tai Historical House & Museum is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in traditional architecture and love posting on social media.
Written March 4, 2023
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This house once belonged to the artist-scholar Lin An-tai. It is build in red brick, in historic Chinese style, with tradional roofs. It's worth a look if you are in the area; you may have to walk for a while. The hose has goodd feng shui; it is around 200 years old.
Written September 28, 2020
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,527 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Twenty minutes’ walk from the MRT Yuanshan Station. It is part of the Taipei Expo Park- XinSheng Park Area.

In the western are of the Museum, there is Lin An-Tai Mansion, a group of historical buildings dating back to 1754. In the Eastern area, there are newly constructed Chinese Jiangnan style garden and archaized pavilions.

Much smaller than the Lin Family Garden and Mansion in Banqiao (the two families are different), but still a gorgeous scenery.
Free entrance.
Written January 4, 2021
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mavis
Asia116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020 • Friends
Lin An Tai house is a transitional brick house with a beautiful neat garden. There’s also a small museum in it. If I remember it right, this place was build within the concept of Feng Shui.
The best thing I like here is, with a perfect timing and some luck, you can take photos of airplanes in the sky with this ancient architecture.
MRT to YuanShan, take a bus or 20mins on foot, a good place to visit nearby the city center.
Written April 3, 2020
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Quang Kiet Le
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam967 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This place was well preserved, from the garden, the architecture, to the interior. We really enjoyed walking around, reading all the stories. Importantly, it is closed on every Monday, and offer free admission to everyone. Highly recommend to visit this truly hidden gem in Taipei.
Written December 2, 2023
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Annh
California34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of the oldest residences in Taipei, with buildings constructed in 1783, 1785 and 1822, 1823. It was dismantled from its original site and moved to this location and reassembled. The home has swallowtail roofs, a stone foundation, with bricks, bamboo, and mud building materials. The construction of the house didn’t employ the nails or adhesives used today. Feng-shui and Chi considerations are apparent in the design.

There is a crescent shaped pond in the front – the best shape for “gathering wealth” along with its other more mundane functions. The house itself is very interesting to walk through from many viewpoints: there is the hierarchal aspect of the room positioning with rooms closer to the main hall for people of higher seniority; there is the aspect of how the air flow, ventilation, and natural temperature control functioned, all controlled by the building design; there are the religious/cultural aspects such as the items for ancestor worship, deity carvings, furnishings, household items, etc.; there is the craftsmanship aspect – all the elaborate wood carvings incorporated into the structure, the windows, etc.; and finally, there is strolling from room to room, imagining the people who lived there and how they went about their daily activities.

I don’t know how many, if any, of the furnishings are original to the house – but they are quite interesting nonetheless. The traditional beds are elaborate and beautiful, some with shell inlay, mirrors, carvings, and tiles. There are tea tables, lounges, safes, money chests, charcoal burning iron, cricket cage, betel nut basket (for weddings it said), child’s feng-shui hat, etc. Also on display was a foot binding chair used by women to put on Golden Lotus shoes, with the shoes listed as 3.6 inches long. The shoes were also on display and it didn’t look like even an infant’s feet would fit in those shoes!

The grounds further away from the house offer stepping stone paths, tables and benches for resting and relaxing in the shade. As you face the front of the house – walk to the back right corner of the grounds and you will be rewarded with a fabulous tree. A sign identifies it as India Laurel Fig. They’ve installed decking around it to keep this aggressive plant under control, but fortunately it had its way for a while to become so interesting and beautiful.

Over the years, the smaller exhibits have occasionally changed – so you may not see every item mentioned in this review – but the overall aspect of the house remains the same. There is no high tech at Lin An Tai – it is simply a house from another time, and not maintained in pristine condition. Visit this site to appreciate the many interesting aspects of construction and lifestyle from the later 1700s-early 1800s. I have visited this special place multiple times, and always enjoy it. But it may not be for those who require interactive exhibits, TV, DVDs & CDs playing, and such.

Lin An Tai is located in a rather noisy area – with a highway and a domestic airport nearby. There is a drink vending machine and restroom. The house is NOT air conditioned. Lighting in the back rooms is poor. There is a free brochure in English at the grounds entrance, and there is no fee to enter. You are able to roam the grounds on your own, looking but not touching. They are closed Mondays and holidays.

Lin An Tai is across the street from a pretty park, if you want a nice stroll afterwards. I have walked to Lin An Tai many times from the Yuanshan MRT station (Danshui/Red line) – but it is a little tricky to figure out the first time. Several buses pass by this site. It is also possible to catch a cab from the MRT station if you have the name/address in Chinese for the driver.

P.S. Out with the old, in with the new, seems to be the rule in Taipei these days – enjoy these last remaining bits of history while you still can…..
Written June 20, 2008
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