National Palace Museum
When it comes to a trip of exploring Chinese culture and history in Taiwan, National Palace Museum is always the best place to go to. It consists of Northern Branch and Southern Branch, respectively in Taipei and Chiayi, and collects in total over 700,000 pieces of Chinese antiques from Neolithic age to modern time. Therefore, if anyone plans to get a good look at these priceless artworks, remember to seize your time in Taiwan.
Artworks in Northern Branch
Here are some examples of art pieces that people will never miss when they visit NPM: Ru Ware, The Mao Gong Ding, The Jadeite Cabbage, and The Meat-shaped Stone. Ru Ware represents one of the rarest Chinese ceramics; the color to unique too forget even if people only see it once. The Mao Gong Ding is not just an ordinary bronze ding vessel but having the longest inscription engraved inside. As for The Jadeite Cabbage and The Meat-shaped Stone, they are both the most representative artworks from Qing dynasty.
Of course, the pieces mentioned above are merely a tip of iceberg of the collection. If they don’t sound interesting enough, people might as well go to see some paintings, calligraphy, rare ancient books…… There are always more Chinese antiques waiting to be discovered.
English guided tours
Regular English guided tour is available twice daily (10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.). Each guided tour is open to 15 online reservation applications. Applicants must complete the online reservation at least 2 days prior to visiting.
Exhibition I ( Main Building )
Open daily from 08:30 to 18:30 all year round.
Extension of opening hours at night: 18:30 – 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.