As one of the top ten most popular museums in the world listed, the National Palace Museum is undoubtedly a must-see attraction in Taipei. Situated in a suburb of Taipei City, this palace-like building is easily recognizable with a traditional Chinese courtyard feel. It is also called Yat-Sen Museum because 1965 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sun Yat-Sen, the founder of the Republic of China.
The National Palace Museum was founded as the Palace Museum in Beijing’s Forbidden City in 1925. However, due to the second Chinese-Japanese war and the Chinese Civil War, General Chiang Kai-Shek decided to evacuate some of the most esteemed arts to Taiwan and keep them there during the war. Finally, the National Palace Museum was founded in 1965 and became the new home of the greatest amount of Chinese treasures in the world.
Known as the treasure house of Chinese culture, the National Palace Museum covers various artifacts, including paintings, calligraphy, jade, bronze, porcelain and old books. Its collection consists of more than 650,000 pieces spanning many dynasties of China.
Good to know:
Opening Hours: Saturday – Thursday 8:30 – 18:30; Friday & Saturday 8:30 – 21:00
Entrance: 250 NT$; Zhihshan Garden 20 NT$
Guided Tours: English 10:00 and 15:00
Website: www.npm.gov.tw (Chinesisch/Englisch/Deutsch)