One of Taipei's most recognizable buildings, the National Palace Museum showcases some of the most valuable treasures from Chinese history. With artifacts from over 5,000 years, the museum boasts a range of furniture, art, weapons, calligraphy and jewelry that is unrivaled anywhere else in the world. Rent a headset and get acquainted with the history of the collection pieces and the Chinese dynasties through time.
With so many artifacts, the museum is constantly rotating its collection to give you the best peak at this ancient world. Among them, you’ll find some bizarre pieces like the ‘Meat-shaped Stone’, a piece of rock carved to perfectly resemble a succulent piece of pork belly, as well as the ‘Jadeite Cabbage’ , a single piece of jade crafted with precision to resemble a head of cabbage complete with leaves, veins, and even two insects.
You will also get complimentary access to the NPM Southern Branch in Chiayi, where you'll uncover opulent art from Asia's ancient Buddhist societies and eye-opening displays on Chinese and Japanese tea culture. It's a must for those enchanted with Asian history. It's one of Taipei's number one cultural attractions, so grab your ticket in advance.
National Palace Museum
Opening Time: 08:30-18:30 (Friday and Saturday extended to 21:00)
Address: 221, Sec. 2, Zhishan Road, Shilin District, Taipei City
Subway: Red Line to Shilin MRT Station, Exit 1
The Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum
Opening Time: 09:00-17:00; closed on Monday
Address: 888 Gugong Blvd, Dongshi Village, Taibao City, Chiayi County
Bus: 105/106/166/168/Yellow 9 from Chiayi THSR Station, Exit 2