Attraction Oxford College, No. 32, Zhenli St, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 251 Published on: 19-11-2015
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Why Oxford College (Aletheia University) is special ?
During 1872 to 1880, Dr. Mackay had been preaching to the Taiwanese people outdoors until he felt the need to build a school. Therefore, when he returned to Canada in 1880, he raised money for the school. Construction of Oxford College completed in 1882. In honor of the Canadian contributors, he named the school after his hometown, Oxford. Oxford College has the characteristics of traditional Chinese architecture with a symmetrical structure. There are 8 little Buddhist towers on the roof instead of crucifixes. The school engaged in training missionaries, medial workers and teachers. Oxford College is considered to have provided an educational foundation for Aletheia University and Dankang Senior High School.
What to explore at Oxford College (Aletheia University)?
Oxford College’s building are renowned for their unusual mixing of Eastern and Western elements. One such example is the pinnacle of the chapel in a Chinese style four-section compound. This structure has since been turned into a museum that holds an extensive collection of historical documents and photos related to Aletheia University, the Presbyterian Church, and Mackay. As the predecesor of the now much larger Aletheia University, Oxford College serves as an important centerpiece of this historic campus.
The building was designed by Dr. Mackay with traditional Chinese architectural style. Construction materials, such as bricks and roof tiles, were imported from Hsia Men. The bricks were coated with paint to prevent weather damage, while sticky rice mixed with lime and sugar was the major material for the walls.
How to get to Oxford College (Aletheia University)?
1.MRT Danshuei Station --> Jung Jeng Rd. (Old Street) --> Jung Jeng Rd. Section 1 --> Jen Li St. (About 40 minutes)
2.MRT Danshuei Station --> Jung Jeng Rd. --> Wun Hua Rd. --> Jen Li St. (About 40 minutes)
By Bus: MRT Danshuei Station --> Line 26 (About 25 minutes)
Driving: MRT Danshuei Station --> Jung Shen Rd. --> Wun Hua Rd. --> Jung Jeng Rd. Section 1 --> Jen Li St. (About 20 minutes)
Additionally, you can go there by the following ways:
After arriving at Tamsui Station, terminus of the red line, transfer to one of the many available busses traveling along the North Coast, alighting at Fort San Domingo (紅毛城), routes F112, 836, 837, 857, 870, 872, 873, 880, 883, 1504, 1505, and R26.
Nat'l Hwy 1 → Exit at the Taipei Interchange → Prov. Hwy 2B → Zhenli St. → Oxford College
1. THSR Taipei Station (or TRA Taipei Station) → MRT Tamsui Station → take the Tamsui Bus (Red 36 or Red 38) to Aletheia University stop; or take Bus No. 837 to Hongmao Castle (Fort San Domingo) stop.
2. THSR Taipei Station (or TRA Taipei Station) → MRT Tamsui Station → take the Zhinan Bus (Red 26 or No. 836) to Hongmao Castle (Fort San Domingo) stop.
Oxford College, No. 32, Zhenli St, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 251