The National Palace Museum is the premier collection of Chinese art, culture and artifacts anywhere in the world and the Chinese want it back. Originally founded in Beijing’s Forbidden City it has been moved twice to its final resting place in the Shilin District of Taiwan. How do you view 700,000 works in a day? Simple answer: You don’t. Pick from the showcases that interest you and go ogle at the finest craftsmanship you’ll ever encounter. I easily spent the majority of the day in just the northern wing and still didn’t finish it. I implore you to take your time and appreciate works that took 2 generations to finish. The hand carved ivory, wood, and jade workings are some of my favorites. This place gets a massive amount of tourists, so I
suggest going early when it opens to get ahead of the crowds.
Hours: 7 Days a week
Sunday-Thursday 8:30am – 6:30pm
Friday-Saturday 8:30am – 9:00pm
International Students: $150NT
Children under school age, people with disabilities: Free
Photos by Matt GIRVAN