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The Chien Mu House

The Chien Mu HouseThe Chien Mu House

Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays.
Closed on Mondays.
Telephone: (8862) 2880-5809
Address: No. 72, Linxi Road, Taipei City

(1) If arriving by car or tour bus, please provide advanced notice, so that we can arrange parking.
(2) By public transportation, take the MRT Tamsui line, and disembark at Shilin Station, exit in the direction of Zhongzheng Road, and transfer to any of the following bus lines: 304, Red 30, 255, 620, S 18 or S 19. Get off at the Soochow University bus stop. From the main gate of Soochow University, walk straight to the end of the lane.

Architectural style
In 1967, the influential scholar of Chinese studies Mr. Chien Mu came to Taiwan and made his home in the Taipei suburb of Waishuangxi. For 23 years, he lived in this house near Soochow University. Known as Su Shu Lou (“the house of simple learning"), it was personally designed by the scholar's mother Ms. Chien Hu Mei-chi. Every brick and blade of grass on the estate is the result of many years of caring effort by its owner. Its rows of maple trees forming a corridor, and its gently swaying trimmed bamboo, offer a serene, simple and old-fashioned style.

In 1989, Mr. Chien Mu passed away. In order to commemorate his scholarly contributions, the Taipei City Government established the Chien Mu Memorial Library at his original residence. In 2000 with the establishment of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government renovated the original site, to honor Mr. Chien Mu's life of moral character and scholarly achievements, being careful to preserve the house's original aura of cultural cultivation. It was one of two residences of distinguished figures, along with the Lin Yutang House, to be first opened to the public as a cultural institution in Taiwan. In 2002, Taipei City commissioned Soochow University to manage the estate, and on March 29, 2002, it was officially reopened as the Chien Mu House.