Tait & Co. has had several changes since its inception. It was one of the foreign trading companies who had permission from the Qing government to operate opium, camphor, sugar and tea trade until the Japanese colonized Taiwan. The company had its big change in 1911 when all foreign enterprises in Anping were closed, and the Japanese government converted it to a salt company.
Today, the Tait & Co. Merchant House has turned into a wax museum showing the lives of the immigrants in the history of Taiwan, from the indigenous times to the arrival of the Chinese and Europeans. A series of life-long wax figures of humans and animals, as well as fabulous artifacts, which are dated more than a century. When visiting the merchant house, you should not miss the nearby Anping Tree House.
The merchant house is a typical colonial style architecture surrounded by arcades used to protect against heat and rain. The arcades are an essential element in the western colonial architecture in Taiwan. Today, visitors can find other examples of Western colonial architecture in Taiwan, such as Fort San Domingo and the small White House in Tamsui, Taipei.
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Opening Hours: daily 8:30 – 17:30
Admission: 50 NT$ incl. Anping Tree House