Tamsui is a vivid township with an enriched historical background. With beautiful ocean and mountain sceneries, Tamsui is the favorite visiting attraction closest to Taipei City. Just behind Tamsui MRT on the riverside, Tamsui Cultural Park(淡水文化園區) was once the Shell Tamsui Warehouse: as in Royal Dutch Shell, that is.
It was the warehouse to store tea related products by the British tea merchants. Later, bought by the Shell Oil Company, was expanded into four large warehouse and oil tanks. The warehouse once played a role in the global oil business. After the bombing by U.S. in 1944, the warehouse burned for three days was half destroyed and retired as a backup storage since.
In order to preserve the historical meaning of the building, the warehouse was carefully repaired. After the restoration and remodeling of the warehouse, Tamsui Cultural Park was established. Back to its old glory, relive after a hundred year, the warehouse is now a cultural park with historical exhibits.
Some of the warehouses are used as craft shops and for displaying art. There’s a small museum area at the back and a nice little bar-restaurant. The warehouses are popular with amateur painters. You will often see a gaggle with their easels spread out just outside the gates.
Tamsui Arts & Cultural Park
[淡水文化園區(英商嘉士洋行倉庫)/Dànshuǐ wénhuà yuánqū
(Yīng shāng jiāshì yángháng cāngkù)]
-Located in: Northern Taiwan
-County: New Taipei City
-Features: Historical Site
-Highly recommend to: History Buffs, Families
-Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00 (Closed on Mondays, Chinese New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year’s Day)
-Address: No.22, Bitou St., Danshui Dist., New Taipei City, Taiwan