Takao Railway Museum
History and museums
The Takao Railway Museum (Chinese: 打狗鐵道故事館; pinyin: Dǎgǒu Tiědào Gùshìguǎn) is a museum in Gushan District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
The museum was originally transformed from the former Kaohsiung Harbor Train Station, built during the Japanese rule of Taiwan. The station was then the first railway station in Kaohsiung with the original name of Takao Post. In 2003, the station building was classified as historical building by the Kaohsiung City Government. On 9 November 2008, the last train was pulled out from the station at 5.30 p.m.
Once the station was closed, the government took over the station building and land on the southern part of the station. On 24 October 2010, the government authorized the Railway Culture Society to enter the station for the opening of the Takao Railway Museum.
The museum building was built in a classic Japanese style with a Chinese hip style roof. Area in front of the station was planted in huge coconut trees.
The museum provides books about railroads and exhibitions of relics from the age of rail.
The museum is accessible within walking distance east from Sizihwan Station of the Kaohsiung MRT Orange Line.