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Yilan Brick Kiln宜蘭磚窯

Introduction

Yilan Brick Kiln is also known as Jinmei Brick Kiln because of its location in Yilan’s Beijin and Meizhou villages. The clay here has a high viscosity, perfect for making bricks. Brick kilns began to be built during the Qing dynasty, with most of them established in this area and becoming known as the nest of brick making. After the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, bricks were even more in demand, turning the manufacturing into a thriving business. 

As science and technology improved however, concrete came to replace the use of bricks. Many brick kilns were gradually abandoned, leaving Yilan’s Brick Kiln as a historical site about 100 years old of the most well-preserved, century-old kilns. 

Yilan Brick Kiln宜蘭磚窯
Layers of brick make up the 13 kilns in Yilan, and in a row, their shapes look reminiscent of Chinese characters. Locals call them chain kilns. Their roofs are lined with drainage spouts in the shape of bird heads, useful for rain drainage and helping with brick firing. At the end of the row of kilns is a 37-meter-tall chimney, standing strong despite the ravages of time.


Yilan Brick Kiln宜蘭磚窯
At Yilan Brick Kiln, tourists can observe the old kilns and tools used to make bricks, learn from placards explaining the history of brick kilns, and visit the folk art studios, painting a mental picture of the area’s glorious history. 
 

Information

Address
Ln. 75, Jinmei Rd.,, Yilan City, Yilan County Taiwán, R.O.C
Phone Number
0937-535180
Opening Hours
open all year round

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