The most famous landmark of Taipei and a cultural center of world significance is the (National Palace Museum
). The museum's exposition includes unique works of Chinese art, some of which date back five hundred years. In total, there are about 720 thousand exhibits in the museum halls. For quite a long time, the collection was kept in Beijing, in the Forbidden City. It was decided to move the collection to the Taipei Museum in 1949. Currently, it has the largest collection of Chinese artworks on the planet.
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The world-famous museum is hardly the city's only cultural establishment interesting for visiting. The Hwa Kang Museum invites visitors to see works of modern sculptors and artists, while the National Museum of History presents a rich collection of artifacts from different epochs. An interesting collection of ethnographic exhibits is stored in the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines (Museum traditions Shunyi), and in the private Chem Museum, you can see artworks dating back hundreds of years.
Taipei's outstanding architectural monuments worth mentioning include the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial dedicated to the famous President of the Republic of China. In front of the memorial is Liberty Square - one of the most beautiful places in the city ideal for leisurely walks. The square is surrounded by the city's several important cultural facilities, including the National Concert Hall and the National Theatre. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall can also claim the title of one of the most spectacular architectural monuments of the city. It is dedicated to one of the most revered political figures of the state. The hall can simultaneously accommodate about 3,000 people. The memorial is striking with its harmonious look and impressive scale. One part of the architectural complex is reserved for a library containing 140,000 books, and the other is occupied by Sun Yat-Sen Art Gallery.
The beautiful Lungshan
Temple erected more than 250 years ago stands out on the background of the city's religious landmarks. It is a true work of national art: the temple is adorned with fine wood carvings, and inside you can see a lot of interesting ritual accessories. Another popular monument is Baoan Temple
, whose construction was completed in the early 19th century. It is a single architectural complex with the Taipei Confucius Temple
. Despite the fact that the buildings have different styles, together they look very harmonious. The most original landmark of Taipei is Farm Lin Antao
- the oldest residential building in the city. Those wishing to get acquainted with the ancient cultural traditions of the local people should definitely visit this place.
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The unique village of Wulai
lies in the immediate vicinity of Taipei. The main symbol of this ancient settlement is its beautiful waterfall. However, travelers are not only attracted by unique natural attractions. Enchanting dance performances are regularly held in Wulai. Foreign visitors have the opportunity to observe the spectacular action as well as take part in it directly. A complex with an unusual name of Window to China
should also be noted when it comes to nearby attractions. It shows visitors many reduced replicas of China's most famous historical sites.
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Iconic cultural sights of Taiwan
One of the most beautiful temples of the island is the Longshan Temple in Taipei. Built in the era of the Qing dynasty, the temple was repeatedly destroyed and restored. Today, it is one of the Taiwanese centers of Buddhism. The name of the temple is translated from Chinese as “mountain of the dragon”; precisely why its interiors are decorated with numerous images and sculptures of dragons. The Presidential Palace of Taipei draws attention to its architecture which is built in the style of the eastern baroque. Before, it served as the residence of the Japanese governor-general of Taiwan, and today it symbolizes the period of the Island’s colonial dependence on Japan. Another notable example of palace architecture is the Museum of the Imperial Palace, which contains a unique collection of historical and cultural values. You can visit exhibitions of porcelain and jade, painting and calligraphy, ancient coins and ornaments, all in the museum.