Recommendation by Wabisavi
If you don’t mind climbing a gazillion steps* to reach it, the National Palace Museum puts the National Taiwan Museum to shame with the sheer vastness of its collection, among which are items drawing flocks of tourists every day. But fear not, the premises themselves are huge, and even when visiting on days where the visitor counter reached over 3000, the 25 exhibit rooms did not feel crowded at all. Highlights of the permanent exhibition: 🔸 Meat-shaped stone. Just as the name suggests, this is a banded jasper mineral that enticingly resembles a juicy slab of freshly braised pork belly. The contrast between the hardness of the material and the tenderness and almost gelatinous quality of its appearance will have you questioning your own eyes. 🔸 Jadeite cabbage. This delicately chiselled piece of jade is mind-blowing finery at its fullest, from the crunch of the cabbage leaves to the details of the grasshopper sitting in its middle. ❗️The National Palace Museum has 2 branches, one in Taipei and one in Taibao (Chiayi). Its most famous exhibits regularly rotate between the 2 locations, so do check on their website before visiting, to avoid disappointment! 🎫: 350元 (discounts available, free on selected special dates) 💬: Chinese and English; Free guided tours in Chinese and English; Audio players available for rent at 150元 in 14 languages * jk, the museum is fully wheelchair accessible https://www.npm.gov.tw/en/
Open today: 08:30-18:30
No. 221, Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
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