Pre-book a combo ticket with access to the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum located in Taibao City of Chiayi County and the (North Branch) National Palace Museum located in Taipei.
The Southern Branch of National Palace Museum is located in Taibao City of Chiayi County (approx. 25 mins by car from Chiayi downtown; approx. 2.5 hours by car from central Taipei). This combo ticket also allows you to visit another symbolic National Palace Museum located in Shilin, Taipei.
Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum
Southern Branch is located in the south part of Taiwan - Taibao City, Chiayi County (approx. 2.5 hours by car from central Taipei). The museum is also known for its modern architecture designed by Kris Yao. The concept of its design originated from the three brush strokes of Chinese painting - nongmo (thick ink), feibai (dry brush) and xuanran (ink wash).
(North Branch) National Palace Museum in Taipei In 1925, the National Palace Museum was originally established as the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City in China with collection of artwork and artifacts from the imperial collections. In August 1965, construction of the National Palace Museum located in Taipei was completed. The museum boasts a large collection that encompasses 8,000 years of Chinese history with nearly 700,000 pieces of permanent collection of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts and artworks inherited from the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing courts. Approximately 3,000 pieces of the museum's collection can be viewed at the museum.
The collection of National Palace Museum comes in different forms and materials including ceramics, metal work, carvings, painting and calligraphy. Some of the most popular pieces includes the
Jadeite Cabbage and
Meat-shaped Stone. Jadeite Cabbage is a piece of jadeite carved into the shape of a cabbage head, and with a large and a small grasshopper camouflaged in the leaves. The Meat-shaped Stone is a piece of jasper and its dyed and textured surface makes the layers of skin, lean meat, and fat materialized lifelike.
While enjoying the artifacts and artworks collection at the National Palace Museum, don't forget to take a walk around the museum to appreciate the museum architecture and its beautiful garden.