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National Palace Museum, Taiwan

2 years ago / travel / taiwan

Postcards from the National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院)

Yesterday over dinner, the mother-in-law asked "No travelling this month?" and that made me realised how much I miss being on a plane and just going away. Somewhere, anywhere.

I cancelled two trips this month - 1 to Abu Dhabi and 1 to KL - because I feel absolutely swamped in work but yet, in retrospect, it looks like I haven't accomplished much in this (almost) half of the year either.

Anyway, this was my 4th time to the National Palace Museum - this first time I went I was 17, as part of my junior college's exchange programme to Taiwan (best few weeks of my life!) and back then, I didn't appreciate it much. I remember spending hours at the cafe with my batchmates and eating ice cream - Vanilla, in case you're wondering.

This time round, we actually combed every floor and examined almost all of the 3,000 artifacts on display. (Fun fact! The museum has accumulated more than 696,000 artifacts of but only less 1% of the collection is exhibited at any given time. The rest of the collection is stored in temperature controlled vaults.) From the jadeite carvings to the bronze bells and books dating back to the Song dynasty (960–1279)... in some strange way, it felt like we are all, at the end of the day, just part of life's grander scheme of things.

National Palace Museum 國立故宮博物院
No.221, Sec. 2, Zhishan Rd.
Shilin Dist., Taipei City 11143
Taiwan (R.O.C.)
http://www.npm.gov.tw/en/