Folk Arts Museum

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Folk Arts Museum Lukang Reviews

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A museum worth visiting Feb 05, 2017
I am not so fond of visiting museums unless they have something different like the Folk Arts Museum in Lukang, which told the story of the town. The museum has an entrance fee of 130 NT$ but they let me in for 70 NT$ as I was a senior citizen (well, not quite). I tried to enter other establishments in Taiwan as a senior citizen but some of them told me that the discount or free entry was only for Taiwanese citizens. The museum consists of two buildings , the large one that you see in the photo above called Yong-Li which was built in 1920. The design and materials used in the Meiji style structure are exquisite examples of buildings during that period. The second smaller building is called Ku Feng Lo, a wood and brick structure of Min-nan style (southern Fukien). I liked this building better as it had a rich traditional air to it. The gardens at the museum are well landscaped and it is a great place to relax under a shady tree after touring the museum.

The museum was established in 1973 with all the exhibits donated by the Koo family and other private benefactors. There are over 6,000 articles on display that date from the mid-Ching Dynasty to the early years of the Republic.

While visiting the museum you must follow a certain route and the first room to visit is the Documents and Pictures Room (101), The Lukang is one of Taiwan’s most noted and the pictures are of old Lukang and its past. There are photos of existent relics, temple and folk activities which give a good insight into the past years.

The second room that you visit and contains clothes from the gentry class and accessories from the late Ching Dynasty and early years of the republic. There are some really nice clothes of that period but I found the jewelry and other accessories very

interesting.

I found that the old musical instruments on display very interesting and I spent the most time in this room. There were also games like chess with the old pieces, barely recognisable from today’s pieces. The Chinese used to perform puppet shows, and shadow puppets too, which were worth taking a look at.

The next room was very interesting showing the gods of Buddhism, Christianity and more. Of particular interest was the magic mirror which was brought by early immigrants to these shores and used by Buddhist monks and Taoist masters in their rituals and exorcism. . The exquisite mirrors were modeled after 3 story pagodas,intricately carved and awe-inspiring. Yung Chen, an evil controlling god was displayed in the highest level of the pagoda, along with his weapons used for exorcism, including the all-evil deflecting mirror, a peachwood sword, a fan, a ferule and an umbrella.

The Ku-Feng Lo building was probably more interesting of the two as everything displayed here was in the actual setting which showed the traditionalLukang Style and the ways of the local residents. When you are heThis building was probably more interesting of the two as everything displayed here was in the actual re just follow the arrows from room to room which also takes you upstairs. I was a little bit tired by then as I had been walking around Lukang for 6 hours so I failed to take as many photos as I would have liked.
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