Taiwan Sights

National Palace Museum

  • 221 Chih-shan Rd., Section 2
  • Taipei
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 04/06/2017

Fodor's Review

This museum houses a quite extraordinary array of historical Chinese art treasures dating from Neolithic times (around 8,000 years ago) to the Qing, the last dynasty of imperial China, which ended in 1912. The priceless collection contains almost 700,000 pieces, so it is impossible to have everything on show at once. Most were originally housed in the Forbidden City in Beijing, but were "borrowed"—Mainland Chinese would probably say "looted"—by Chiang Kai-Shek's nationalist forces during the Civil War. However the contents got here, the museum (purpose-built in the 1960s) remains Taipei's top attraction and a must-see. To get the most out of a visit, rent an audio guide in English from the information desk for NT$100.

  • The National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, Asia.

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Sight Information

Address:

221 Chih-shan Rd., Section 2, Shih-lin, Taipei, Taipei, 11143, Taiwan

Phone:

02-2881–2021

Website: www.npm.gov.tw

Sight Details:

  • NT$160

Published 04/06/2017

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Oct 17, 2016

Must Visit for Chinese History

Taipei's National Palace Museum is a must visit for anyone interested in Chinese or Taiwanese history. The collection of artifacts taken from the mainland is truly impressive. Only downside is that it is a long way from the MRT, so you will need to take a bus for part of the journey.