Taipei Story House (台北故事館) – A Classic Story Tea House
Located within the Taipei Expo Park, the Taipei Story House (台北故事館) is an open museum dedicated to exhibits about tea and other Taipei City history.
Built-in 1913 by a Dadaocheng tea merchant named Chen Chao-Chun, the English Tudor-style mansion was originally built as a guest house for friends, visiting merchants, and other important guests.
Today as a designated heritage site, it hosts more than 100 diverse activities annually, including exhibitions and seminars, musical performances, tea lectures and fairs.
Taipei Story House Building Structure
Taipei Story House is a half-timbered faux Tudor style building, which is considered rare architecture in Taiwan.
The first floor features a brick load-bearing wall and a door with ionic style columns while the second floor is a wood structure with woven branches on the exterior wall.
The Gothic-style house tower and chimney are made of brick, and the curved gable is covered with bronze tiles, on which the verdigris caused by ageing reveals the trace of time.
A 1915 Yamaha Piano, produced and import from Japan in 1915. Not sure if it still can be used but definitely preserves in a very good shape.
An old wooden stair with carpet which leads to the second floor would produce a “very stressful” light cracking voice while proceeding each step forward! 😉
The door towards the second-floor balcony, although the door is shut and locked still can have a very nice view towards the front garden while glancing through the window.
A sturdy camouflaged (same paint colour) ladder used to access to the second and a half floor of the building (leads to the rooftop), unfortunately, we do not have the right permission to do so. 😉
Exhibition of the Month – Qipao
The Taipei Story House (台北故事館) happens to hosts the Qipao (旗袍) exhibition during our visit.
From the 1930s – 1940s, the qipao has reached its golden age due to the arrival of the Republican Government.
At that time, women wearing qipao were everywhere which regarded as the hallmark of Taiwan’s Development.
There were two trends of Qipao in Taiwan; conservative (long and fit) and fashionable (short and tight).
Elderly women usually wear traditional Qipaos for normal daily life and as a formal wear without pursuing any trend.
On the other hand, younger women were after the latest fashion, they renovated the Qipao and made it stand ahead of the time.
*The major difference between Hong Kong and Taiwan style of Qipao is that Hong Kong’s paid more attention to pattern and quality of fabrics while Taiwan’s kept making innovations with daring breakthroughs.
Cafe & Souvenir Shop
Still can’t get enough of Taipei Story House? Then consider proceeding to the souvenir shop which located around the exit of the house (backyard).
Each of the selling merchandise does have a story related to the house, feel free to consult with the shopkeeper if you would like to know more about it! 😉
If you are desperate for an evening hi-tea then The Mills Cafe which located right outside of the Taipei Story House might be just what you are looking for!
Their dessert section is highly recommended and especially custom made to cater just for the sweet tooth like us! 😉
From Train (MRT) :
- After arriving at Yuanshan (圓山) on the Red Line (2), exit into Taipei Expo Park, walk east to enter the park.
- The park is readily visible from the MRT station.
From Bus :
- Neihu-MRT Yuanshan Station:72, 222, 285
- Jilin, 665, 527, Citizen’s Bus 9, Brown 16
- Red 34, Red 50 and Dunhua mainline bus
Address: Taipei Story House, Section 3, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan.
Open Hours: 10.00 am – 05.30 pm (Tues-Sun), Monday Closed.