Taiwan Tuesday – 九份 (Gold Mine Museum)

九份, located in the mountainous area of Keelung, Taiwan has many sights, sounds and breathtaking views.

九份 got its name when there was 9 families during the early days, thus when someone went to town to buy necessities, they would purchase 9 quantities. There’s a bit of Japanese flair in the area due to the period of Japan colonization during the second World War, which you can see from the structure of some buildings.

Mountains surround the town of 九份

Mountains surround the town of 九份

The Japanese would send captured POWs to the nearby gold mine to do labor work. That didn’t last long as the gold mine was closed after the 1970s, after which eventually becoming a gold mine museum for tourists.

A solid gold bar that's worth over $700 million taiwan dollars

A solid gold bar that’s worth over $700 million taiwan dollars

A side view of the imprint of the gold bar

A side view of the imprint of the gold bar

 

Visitors to the museum can also get the chance to rub this huge chunk of gold. It’s safe to say no one could try to steal this as the sheer mass of the gold bar is just incredible. Over 200 kilos of solid gold. Just fascinating.

Japanese style houses can be easily seen in 九份. This house, it claimed, belongs to a former crown prince and his guests

Japanese style houses can be easily seen in 九份. This house, it claimed, belongs to a former crown prince and his guests
The entrance to the gold mine

The entrance to the gold mine

Close-up of the entrance

Close-up of the entrance

 

Entering the derelict gold mine, props illustrated how miners worked during the Japanese occupation

Entering the derelict gold mine, props illustrated how miners worked during the Japanese occupation

An area of the mine cordoned off so that miners could have their meals and have a smoke break.

An area of the mine cordoned off so that miners could have their meals and have a smoke break.

Sunlight was a rarity in the gold mine, thus the need of a certain area to be assigned as a resting point for workers. It would be a hassle to go back out and return again too.

Workers are subjected to body searches too upon leaving.

Workers are subjected to body searches too upon leaving.

The temptation of gold might make some miners inclined to steal, thus the need for body searches after their shift is over.

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Equipment issued

Equipment issued

The museum also display equipments being issued to miners. Simple as it may be and the dangers they faced are intimidating.

Tools they use for gold mining

Tools they use for gold mining

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If you’re not the nostalgic type of person, this gold mine museum would not be the place suitable to your needs.

Next week, I’ll be covering the delicious delicacy that’s found in 九份. Stay tuned!

Directions to 九份 Gold Mine Museum:
Na66 Shibei Lane, Songdeli, Ruifang District, XinBei, Taiwan

 

 

 

 

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Posted on September 3, 2013, in Taiwan and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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