November 14th, 2005 – by: portia
Plaza in front of the Palace Museum, the main building is in the background to the right, more buildings are in behind the arch and to the left.
One of the must-see's in Taipei
is the National Palace Museum. This
museum has great pieces of art from China's long history collected by
the emporers. Some of the treasures are still in the palace museum in
Beijing, but many top pieces are in Taipei, having been evacuated from
the mainland in 1949. The museum has grown a lot since I lived in
Taiwan, the main building is currently under renovation. And there are
several additional buildings housing exhibits and administration. The
museum itself is modeled after traditional Chinese palaces, with green
tile roofs and cream yellow walls. There are two Chinese style gardens
next to the museum which are also nice places to visit. The first
garden is smaller, located on a side street just before you get to the
museum, it has many lotus and water lillies.
A gate inside the Chih-Shan Garden.
This is good for at least
half an hour of walking and looking. The second park, situated to the
right of the entrance to the museum, is larger, with more ponds, paths,
pavillions. It would probably take about 1 hour to walk and look at
this garden leisurely.
As for the museum, you can spend all day or several days here. I
only spend one afternoon, first taking advantage of the free museum
docent tour to see the highlights of the Exhibit building 2. Then
walked through the building again myself. I had barely enough time to
walk through the other Exhibit building 1, showing a famous collector's
personal collection of buddism related statues, and there were A LOT of
them, from all different countries in Asia.
Taipei Sights & Attractions review
This is the best museum in Taiwan containing real treasures from
China's long history. A lot of the pieces here are from the imperial
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