After Taiwan was forced to open up to foreign trade in the early 1860s, foreigners soon joined the economy. The Qing government established a customs office in Tamsui after the opening of the Tamsui port and employed foreigners to take over them. The present residence of the customs officer is the only one of the three houses built after 1869 for these foreign officers.
Because of its white appearance, this beautiful colonial building was nicknamed xiǎo báigōng, meaning ‘Little White House’ in Chinese. Along with its peaceful courtyard and special exhibitions, the Little White House is an ideal retreat after visiting the crowded Tamsui Old Street.
Good to know:
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9:30 – 17:00; Saturday & Sunday 9:30 – 18:00; closed on the first Monday of the month and on Chinese New Year’s Day
Entrance: Combination Ticket 80 NT$
Website: www.tshs.ntpc.gov.tw (Chinese/English)