National Palace Museum, Taipei: A Peek Into China’s Past

Before coming to Taipei, Taiwan, we didn’t really know much about it, and we didn’t really know any famous landmarks or must-sees. But several people who had been to Taipei told me the National Palace Museum was a must–so we decided to make it our first stop.

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First, we ended up wandering around the museum. Next door to the museum is a perfectly manicured park, filled with sculptures, dedicated to Taiwan’s indigenous peoples. For much of our time in Taipei it rained, but this day, it was all sunshine.

Indigenous People's Park, Taipei, Taiwan

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Matt playing at Indigenous People's Park, Taipei, Taiwan

The museum itself does look like a palace, but that’s not why it’s called that. Due to a long series of historical events, Taipei holds one of the largest collections of Chinese art in the world, most of which came from the Forbidden City, Beijing’s famous palace. It’s a fancy, high-quality museum…and unfortunately, there are no cameras allowed inside. Cue the tiny violins. But I did take a photo of quite possibly the best milk bubble tea I’ve ever had at the museum cafe, and we were able to take photos of the outside of the museum, both in the beautiful sunlight, and again after we exited after dark.

Best milk bubble tea ever, Taipei Taiwan

Outside the Royal Palace Museum, Taipei Taiwan

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Cloudy night, Taipei Taiwan

We spent hours inside the museum, and in a way, I’m glad I wasn’t able to take photos–it forced me to actually pay attention and appreciate the art, something I often forget to do in my desire to get that perfect shot. So if you want to see more…I guess you’ll have to check it out yourself!

You can find directions to the National Palace Museum here.

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