The Museum of Drinking Water 自來水博物館, also known as Taipei Water Plant 臺北水道水源地 is one of the most beautiful architectural remains of the Japanese colonial times in Taiwan and probably one of the most commonly forgotten gems in Taipei, even by the locals. It was built in 1908 (source) and resembles a Baroque-styled palace. Taipei received its first water supply in 1885 during the Qing Dynasty and under the governance of Liu Mingchuan 劉銘傳, but it were the Japanese (1895-1945), that expanded the and improved the infrastructure. The architect behind the building was Nomura Ichiro 野村一郎, who is known for designing the Guest House (source), the whole system and implementation was designed by the British engineer William K. Burton 巴爾頓, who was at that time serving the Japanese (source).
Let me show you some photos from December 2012:
I would definitely recommend to visit this museum, even if you're not really into the history of drinking water in Taipei. The building is one of the most beautiful in Taipei and you'll have lots of good opportunities to take amazing photos (many pre-wedding photos are taken here). If you visit on a week day chances are good, that there won't be many people and you can sorta get away from the usual big city hustle and bustle. To find the museum, go out at Gongguan MRT Station Exit 4 and turn left. Walk straight for about 5-10 minutes and you will be there.
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