Taipei Guest House – Beautifully Baroque

Note that the Taipei Guest House is only open a few days each year (see Opening Hours below for dates)

The Taipei Guest House is a Western style building constructed at the turn of last century that was used to house Japanese diplomats and officials. It has since been declared a national historic building and was opened to the public in 2006.

Taipei Guest House

You can gain special permission to visit the Guest House if you need to do research. However, for most people you only have a few days each year to see it. It’s open on the same dates as the Presidential Building located just 10 minutes walk away, so it’s definitely worth visiting both.

The furnishings within the Guest House have been restored with great care, with the Victorian fireplaces originally imported from the United Kingdom. Some rooms are restricted to viewing from the doorway to avoid wearing down the beautiful rugs.

The Japanese style garden and pond at the rear of the building are beautifully well kept, featuring a pavilion, stone tables, and masonry bridges, although access is restricted to only a few places here.

The front garden is of French baroque style, with a fountain as it’s centrepiece.

The Guest House building features many balconies, double columns, and arches.

With it’s very limited opening days, if one of these does fall into your holiday period, then the Taipei Guest House should not be missed.

Pros

  • Interior and exterior in immaculate condition

Cons

  • Only open a few days each year

Opening Hours

Only open on the following dates in 2020:

January 1 (Wednesday) 09:00 – 16:00
February 8 (Saturday)
March 7 (Saturday)
April 11 (Saturday)
May 9 (Saturday)
May 10 (Sunday)

Open between 08:00 – 16:00 unless otherwise stated. Last entry 15:30

Price

Free

Traveller Tips

Photos are allowed but no flash or tripods.

The Presidential Office Building is also open on the same dates, located within walking distance

Location

Closest MRT: NTU Hospital (red line – exit 2)

Located Nearby

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