Li Family Abode 蘆洲李宅古蹟 (also known as the Luzhou Lee Family Historic Estate) is a historic house from the Qing Dynasty trapped in a residential area in Taipei's Luzhou district. The original family residence was made of bamboo and constructed in 1857, but a flood damaged it and the Li family decided to build the solid red-bricked house in 1893, that is still preserved today. Even though the residence features a wall and a complex canal system, the danger of floods remains. According to the building's website, there are 56 rooms in the compound and I can tell you, it takes some time to have a walk through all of them. I have a personal connection with this building, because I took my wedding pictures here. My wife and I liked the historic setting and the photos turned out pretty nice. The only challenge with this site is its location: It's very hard to find, because it's trapped in a purely residential area in central Luzhou and all the buildings are much taller than the compound. Please follow my map and instructions below, if you want to find this hidden architectural treasure.
Check some of my photos from August 2011:
This beautifully preserved building would be one of my must see sights in Taipei, I would recommend it to every visitor, who's interested in 19th century Taiwan. The entrance fee is 50 NTD (1.5 Eur), if you go during the week, you'll not see many visitors. It's really a hidden gem waiting for you to be explored.
To find the Luzhou Li Family Abode, exit at Sanmin Senior High School Station exit 1 and walk along the Fuxing Road. When you reach the Zhongxiao Road, turn left and walk straight. Then you'll reach the Zhongzheng road and you have to turn right and walk straight for a while. When you reach the National Open University, turn left into a small lane and 5min later you'll reach the Li Residence. Check my map:
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