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The Lin Yutang House 林語堂故居

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Tuesday:09:00 - 17:00




One of Mr. Lin Yutang’s most famous lines is “Like a woman’s skirt, the shorter the speech, the better.” He made this jest decades ago. Mr. Lin did not only translate the word “humor” into Chinese, but also promoted literature of humor. Famous for being a modern Chinese scholar writing in English, Mr. Lin was a linguist, philosopher, man of letters, traveler and creator.

In 1966, Mr. Lin returned and resided in Taiwan. Designed by Mr. Lin, this house integrates the style of Chinese four-chamber architecture and Western aesthetics. With blue tiles and white walls, arches and winding corridors, this house manifests the beauty of classical architecture. As to its site on Yangmingshan, it resembles his hometown in Fujian. When he was still alive, he could hear the dialect he was familiar with – Southern Fujianese, from time to time, giving him the feel of home.

Once he described this house saying, “there is a yard in the mansion; house in the yard; garden in the house. There are trees in the garden, sky upon the trees and moon upon the sky. How marvelous it is.” Mr. Lin always came to the balcony. After dinner, he loved to sit on a rattan armchair smoking his pipe. Watching the sunset at Guanyin Mountain, you can also feel Mr. Lin’s serenity.


Historic Sites Art and Cultural Centers
Guiding Service
Family、Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
Phone Number
No. 141, Sec. 2, Yangde Blvd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

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Opening Hours

Sunday 09:00 - 17:00
Monday Off day
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00

Services & Facilities

  • Toilets


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  • 619jeffry

    Essendon, Australia

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    Con amigos

    Well kept house of much-loved author


    Lin Yutang helped build a bridge between East and West. He spend a lot of time in the US, but never severed his China roots. He had the facility to write in colloquial Chinese and English. His best-loved book is 'My Country and my People.' (1935) It is the best book I have ever read about the people of China. Lin Yutang was neglected for many years, but his works are now undergoing a resurgence. His house is in the Yangmingshan area. Lin loved mountains, where he was born. His house is well-kept and not overly large, but well worth a visit.
  • Someoneatedi


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    En solitario

    A quiet and nice place with great view


    The house is not very large but cosy and beautiful. It’s a combination of Chinese and western archetecture. The view from the back balcony is very nice. Mr Lin Yutang’s tomb is behind the house too. It’s on the way to Yangming Shan.
  • 460laurents

    Londres, Reino Unido

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    En pareja

    Beautiful and historical placr


    This place is remarkable. It was the last house of a famous Chinese American writer, philosopher and inventor. His house located on a hill is like a museum with an amazing view of Taiwan. You can discover his life and philosophy. You can even buy some of his books. We bought "the importance of living". The restaurant is simple, the food is inspired by Western food and is just ok. They have several excellent coffees "grand cru". You can eat in this place, drink a coffee and think that you are back to 60s. If you like history, culture, you will like this place.
  • cindysJ1270OQ

    Hong Kong, China

    Traveler type:

    Con amigos



    已經造訪過幾次了, 可以搭公車或自行開車然後在附近找停車位~ 門票30台幣, 如果在餐廳消費一定金額可以抵餐費. 展區不大, 但是可以看出文學大師的生平和生活~ 最棒的是故居所在的景觀超棒, 隨著天氣的陰晴雲雨都有不同的味道!
  • barryLIAW

    Neihu, Taipéi

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    En pareja



    就在仰德大道上!景觀很好! 若你從陽台往外看市景,林語堂本人就葬在一樓的草皮上喔! 舊宅改建的、可以看到民初陽明山上的豪宅確帶點書卷味! 有客廳,書房改成林語堂的文物展覽! 很有看頭

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