The Taiwan Tourist Shuttle passes the mountain area of Jiufen and Jinguashi on the way to Gold Museum, the mountain town stretching up the hillside on one side and the beautiful sea with ever-changing colors on the other. The horizon becomes broader as the bus makes a turn, the scenery alone is worth the ride.
The Gold Building was the former Office of Mining; the most approachable exhibition objects are mining tools, daily appliances, dishes, letters and documents from the Japanese Occupation Period and Taiwan Gold & Copper Mining Company period; these exhibits reveal the picture of old mining life. Also, the 999K gold brick that weighs 220 kg will definitely give you an unforgettable memory.
It is thought that the Four Joined Japanese-Style Residence were built in 1930 by the Japanese Mine Company as a dormitory, each unit has individual living room, bed room, kitchen, restroom and gardens; the red brick and black tiles create a unique architecture scene in the mountain town of Jinguashi.
The Gold Refining Building used to be called the “club,” and provided miners with recreational activities. On the outdoor observation deck, one will be able to overlook Keelung Mountain, Teapot Mountain, and Benshan Mountain in the Jinguashi area.
The most exquisite building in the museum would have to be the Crown Prince Chalet. Secluded amidst lush trees, the fusion of traditional Japanese Shoindukuri architecture and western styles was the trendiest style of Japanese-Western Eclectic Architecture when it was built.
The Museum recreates the memories of old times with activities that allow visitors to experience miners’ hard work in the dark tunnels, along with wax figures vividly showing the process of mining. (extra payment required to enter)
The museum recreates life at the time,stopping visitors in their tracks to savor the beautiful times of the past hiding quietly in every corner.
Take Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Gold-Fulong Line and get off at Gold Museum Stop to arrive. It’s also convenient to stop by at Jiufen when returning!
(Source: Partially from NTPC Travel Website)