If you’re looking to kick back on a lazy Sunday afternoon, snap some sweet shots for the ‘gram, and simultaneously experience Taiwanese culture, check out these gorgeous old mansions in Taipei:
- The Lin Family Mansion & Garden (No. 9, Ximen St., Banqiao District, New Taipei City; Mondays-Sundays 9:00AM – 5:00PM, closed on the 1st Monday of each month)
Just a stone’s throw from Fuzhong Station, this handsome historical home is hard to miss.
The Ben-Yuan Lin Family Mansion & Garden is an arresting compound steeped in history (1), and is packed with striking structures, interesting archways, scenic greenery, and a private pond. Its lantern-lit arcades, spacious courtyards, quaintly furnished halls, and miniature grotto make for perfect Instagram backdrops. You’ll also find a nifty collection of ceramics and a variety of artwork on display, as well as a souvenir shop stocked with Lin Family-branded mementos and a penny press.
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- Lin An Tai Ancestral House (No. 5, Binjiang St., Zhongshan District, Taipei City; open Tuesdays-Sundays between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
This 200-year-old complex was erected by a wealthy first-generation Taiwanese businessman, Lin Hui-Kung, its name an homage to his hometown, Anxi County, and his firm, the Rong Tai Company. Check out the cool partition walls with vase-shaped doors, the winding trail of step stones, the artificial clay hill, and the Tea Lover’s House by the lotus-covered Moon Pond.
Bonus: Hit up Xinsheng Park (No. 105, Section 3, Xinsheng N. Rd., Zhongshan District), just a 3-minute walk away, to really round out your photography session.
- Chiang Kai Shek Shilin Residence Park (No. 60, Fulin Rd., Shilin District, Taipei City; open Tuesdays-Sundays between 9:30 AM to 12:00PM, and 1:30 to 5:00PM)
This sprawling estate-turned-museum by the Shilin MRT Station was once home to Chiang Kai-Shek and his wife, Soon Mei-Ling. On top of their not-so-humble abode, the complex features a chapel, an outdoor amphitheater, and multiple one-of-a-kind gardens, complete with shaded walkways lined with an assortment of trees and shrubbery, seas of exotic flowers, and manicured lawns. Spice up your pictures with the quirky sculptures peppered throughout the park – a giant guitar, a massive pair of canary-yellow clogs, dozens of animal statues, and more.