Jinguashi Gold Ecological Museum

It was more than a year since my last visit to Jinguashi (金瓜石) so I went back again today to have another look around. It was bright and sunny when I left Taipei, but not long after arriving in Jinguashi there was a shower of rain. Luckily it didn't last long and the sun breaking through the clouds made the atmosphere and scenery all the more beautiful. 

I spent some time checking out the various parts of the Gold Ecological Museum (黃金博物園區). The museum seeks to preserve the history of the mining industry in the area. It also contains some beautifully restored Japanese wooden houses. The highlight being the Crown Prince Chalet.

The wooden police station is very impressive.

As well as two museums which explain the history and environment of Jinguashi there is also the Benshan Fifth Tunnel. Here the public can go in one of the old mine tunnels. Unfortunately it was closed by the time I got to this part.  

I also visited the Kinkaseki POW Memorial. The Memorial is dedicated to the 1,000 Allied soldiers who were prisoners of war of the Japanese during WWII. You can read more about this part of Taiwanese history at www.powtaiwan.org.  

There is a lot of interesting history to learn about in Jinguashi. The scenery with the spectacular mountains and remnants of the old mines by the sea really is amazing.  

*more photos in the Jinguashi set at flickr.  

13 thoughts on “Jinguashi Gold Ecological Museum

  1. David, this looks like an interesting place to visit with a lot of history. I see from your last post that this is around Jiu-Fen. I wonder how you get around to all these different places – bus? car? Motorcycle? Thanks for the article.

  2. Joe, I went there by a combination of bus and train. You can get there by bus from Taipei or Keelung or take a train to Ruifang and then a bus from there. Jinguashi is only a few kilometres from Jiufen and the buses to Jiufen continue on to Jinguashi.

  3. Yes, it is not so far from Taipei.

    Hi David,

    I started to put ‘Taiwan Picture of the day’ on my blog from this February. I would like to thank you for taking lots of photos for us. It is helpful for overseas students actually. ^^

  4. Nice report. Is the photo of the tea room from the Crown Prince Chalet, and if so, are you allowed to go inside now? When I was last there, about 3 years ago, you could only go into the grounds.

  5. cfimages, the photo of the tea room was taken in the “Living Art Experience Workshop” which is the restored Japanese style wooden house near the entrance. You can go in this house and visit the different rooms. You can’t go inside the Crown Prince Chalet.

  6. Kenneth, here is the link to Jinguashi at Google Maps. It even has a photo I took when I visited there last year.

    nostalgiphile, it was an interesting coincidence. I definitely recommend a visit to Jinguashi. A lot of people go to Jiufen, but never venture the extra couple of kilometres.

  7. Hello David,
    Nice to find your blog. I will pay a visit to Jingguashi soon, I didn’t know about this place and I am always looking for new interesting spots in Taiwan.

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  10. Dear David: All these beautiful pictures called back my childhood memory. Things changed yet fore ever unchanged in mind. The POW camp still stood there every morning when we watched out from our dinning room window just across the creek more than half a century ago. Thank you very dearly for the memory

  11. Cheng-Hong Hwang, where are you located these days? It would be interesting to have a chat or two with someone with your kind of perspective.

    Patrick Cowsill

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