Jinshui Elementary School
- Why are there so many "western-style" traditional houses in Kinmen? This former-school-now-museum answers that question in its exhibits.
- You can also see how children used to learn in one of the old classrooms.
- Another exhibit highlights women's lives from days gone by.
Before this elementary school was built in 1932, the village children went to classes in family temples. But as the number of students increased, the temple rooms got too crowded. So the villagers contributed money to build this magnificent building. It's based on the design of a traditional academy.
When it was built, this school was the largest western-style elementary school in Kinmen. Notice some of its special architectural details, which reflect the locals' expectations for their youngsters. For example, the angel carvings on the front of the building signify innocence. The soaring eagles refer to promising future prospects. Inside, the round pillars made of red brick are symbolic of concentration.
Free guided tours (in Mandarin Chinese) are held daily at 9, 10 and 11am, plus at 2, 3 and 4pm.
There's a free 8-min video (in Mandarin Chinese) called "Kinmenese Culture, an Integration of the East and the West" on show daily at 8:40, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30.
Opening Hours 08:30-17:00, daily except for Chinese New Year's Day
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Very well maintained historical schoolI never expect to visit an old school that was so well maintained that I thought they still conduct lessons for children living in that area. The history behind how this school was built with money sent from folks who left home to work in Nanyang so that their children could get proper education is touching.
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