Hsiongkong Creek, Lah-lah Valley
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Bok Su Lao
The “Bok Su Lao” is featured with its red brick exterior, slanted rooftops, corridors and tall steps. It is known as the “Pastor House” because two pastors use to reside here. Walking into this historical garden wafting with artistry and coffee, one can enjoy not only the century old red brick domed corridors, but also lush green campus scenes along with sips of coffee. In addition, creative arts products and coffee beans are being sold on the side, and the unique local “Bok Su Lao” coffee bean can be bought as souvenirs. Take a look at the aged and extremely valuable coffee machine, and bring along a few Bok Su Lao” hand drawn postcards” for souvenirs.
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 Britain in 1880, he raised money for the school. Construction of Oxford College completed in 1882. In honor of the British 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. The building has been listed as second grade historical site.