Scale models: Representation of Taiwan’s 1,083 kilometers of rails that connect its culture and landscape!
Approximately a century ago during the Japanese ruling period, to fully govern Taiwan, the Taiwan Sotokufu built Takao into the starting point of the southern section of the Taiwan Western Railway. The decision facilitated the land reclamation, construction of the shoreline railway and Takao Harbor, the establishment of the cargo parking space and the warehouse clusters at the port, the prosperity of the neighborhood, thereby laying the foundation for the development of Kaohsiung as a harbor city.
The Hamasen Museum of Taiwan Railway is located at the Penglai Warehouses of Pier-2 Art Center. The theme of the Museum focuses on the history of Hamasen; the century-long history of Taiwan’s rail transport is also presented. The Museum displays models of railways, rails and trains of HO (1:87) scale. With special audiovisual effects, the exhibits present the development of Taiwan's rail transport over the past century.
Models of classic passenger and freight trains of different eras as well as settings of train stations across Taiwan take visitors back to the past to view the development of rail transport and the cities and towns along the railways from the Qing dynasty, the Japanese ruling period to date. Next to the Hamasen Museum of Taiwan Railway, the Takao Railway Museum was previously the Kaohsiung Port Station, which was the first train station of Kaohsiung (Takao Station), the starting point of the southern section of the Taiwan Western Railway, and the origin of the modern civilization of Southern Taiwan.
It took 10,950 working hours and 300 people in two years to complete the Hamasen Museum of Taiwan Railway. The Museum covers an area of over 330 square meters and includes ten exhibition areas. The railway models add up to more than two kilometers in length and include the four mainlines, such as the Taiwan Western Railway, and the eight sub-lines used to carry freight, such as sugar, salt, wood, minerals, etc. Scale models of over thirty classic types of passenger and freight trains run against as many as 200 classic settings for a dynamic exhibition on a daily basis. Both the method and scale of exhibition are unprecedented in Taiwan.
Exhibition of Railway Model:
1. Regular: NTD149
2. Concession: NTD99
(Condition: Children under age 12 or 150 cm height; seniors over age 65; volunteers with service honour cards; low-income households of Kaohsiung City)
(Condition: Children under age 3; mentally and physically challenged with 1 companion)
1. Regular(mini tram): NTD149
2. Concession: NTD99
(Condition: Children under age 12 or 150 cm height; seniors over age 65; mentally and physically challenged with 1 companion)
(Condition: Mentally and physically challenged with 1 companion)
Where to Buy Tickets?
Ticketing Booth: Penglai Warehouses of Pier-2 Art Center
(No. 99, Penglai Rd., Gushan District, Kaohsiung / +886-7-521-8900)
Mon., Wed., Thu.: 10:00 to 18:00 (ticket selling to 17:30)
Fri. to Sun. and Holiday: 10:00 to 19:00 (ticket selling to 18:30)
※Closed on Tuesday.Notice
- Free for visitors with disabilities and up to one companion (related documentation of disabilities required at the entrance).
- No expiration date for the use of discount tickets for the opening of the Museum.
- The discount tickets cannot be exchanged for paper tickets. Each ticket is for one person and one use only.
- Please follow the exhibition rules, exhibition routes, and the instructions of the staff.
- A 10% processing fee will be charged for each refund or exchange of ticket.
- The Museum reserves the right to change any exhibition.