Bu-Zheng-Shi-Si was the highest provincial-level government agency of the Qing Dynasty, and the Taiwan Bu-Zheng-Shi-Si was established when Taiwan received the status of Chinese province in 1887. The “Yamen”, or imperial bureau, of this once-highest regulatory authority in Taiwan stood where the present-day Zhongshan Hall is now located. When China lost the Sino-Japanese War in 1895 and ceded Taiwan to Japan, a group of Taiwanese activists founded the “Taiwan Republic” and built a presidential office where the Bu-Zheng-Shi-Si was formerly located, although their patriotic attempt only lasted for a little more than 10 days. The Japanese Governor-General set up a temporary office in the Military Preparedness Agency to the west of Yamen before the permanent architecture (the present-day Presidential Office) was completed. To celebrate the enthronement of Emperor Hirohito in 1931, the Japanese decided to build Taipei Public Hall in the front square of the Military Preparedness Agency. To provide space for the Taipei Public Hall, the Taiwan Bu-Zheng-Shi-Sin building was torn down, with a part of the remaining structures now preserved in Yuanshan Zoo (the present-day Folk Arts World of Taipei Children’s Recreation Center) as well as in the Taipei Botanical Garden. Currently, the hallway of the Military Preparedness Agency and the lobby, along with some of the wings, of Bu-Zheng-Shi-Si Office in Taipei Botanical Garden still remain intact: they are the only architectural relics of the Qing-Dynasty “Yamen” in Taiwan. After World War II, a forestry research and experimentation office under the Forestry Bureau of the Taiwan Provincial Government converted this historic building into a forestry museum, with the Council of Agriculture being its governing body. Designated in 1985 by the Ministry of the Interior as a class 2 national historic site, the stately Bu-Zheng-Shi-Si architecture is the only Qing bureau still standing.
Tue-Sun, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM; closed on Mondays, Chinese New Year (for five days starting Chinese New Year’s Eve), Tomb Sweeping Day, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival
Located in Taipei Botanical Garden (No. 53, Nanhai Road)
By MRT: Get off at MRT Xiaonanmen Station and walk for 10 minutes from Exit 3. By bus: Heping Main Line, 242, 624, 907, South 28, 204 or 630. Alight at Taipei Botanical Garden.
Both the vaulted ceilings and spacious interior lend an intimidating air to this Chinese imperial office.