Cultural Tour

Yehliu Geopark

Yehliu is the most remarkable scenic area in northern coast of Taiwan. The terrain is formed by a promontory that stretches 1,700 meters into the sea and contains a variety of rock formations. This rocky bay offers a spectacular view of the ocean and the unique terrain. Some of the weathered-beaten rocks are named after the shapes which resemble such as the Queen’s Head, Candle Stick Rock, and Fairy’s Shoe, among others.

                   

Presidential Office Building

The Presidential Office Building was built during the Japanese colonial period to house the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan. An architectural design contest inviting architects to submit construction specifications was held in two stages in 1906 and 1910. Eventually, the work designed by Uheiji Nagano was partly adopted, but Matsunosuke Moriyama produced the final design by taking Uheiji Nagano’s work and modifying it. In Moriyama's design, the central tower was heightened and the locations for the two side entrances were altered. Construction began on the building in 1912. The entire building was completed in 1919. During the Second World War, the building suffered heavy bombing from the Allied Powers. The central guard tower at the main entrance and part of the exterior walls were severely damaged. Fires raging in the building destroyed its roof and exterior. After the war, extensive work was undertaken to repair the damage and the building temporarily served as the administration hall for the Taiwan Provincial Government. In 1950, the building became the Office of the President. The building was built in a late-Renaissance style, influenced by the English architect Norman Shaw and referred to as "the Tatsuno specifications”. With its decorative red-and-white horizontal bands, the building featured classical elements such as porticos, pediments and gables, vaulted windows, oeil-de-boeuf windows, brackets, and colonnades. The ground plan of the building introduced a double courtyard layout in reference to the Chinese character "日." In fact, the layout was chosen for its strong earthquake resistance. The east, south, and west sides of the building have balconies to accommodate climatic characteristics in the subtropical zone, while the northern side does not since it receives much less sunlight. This large and magnificent building representing the evolution of Taiwan's modern history has borne witness to Taiwan's political and economic development and has become an important landmark in Taipei city.


National Palace Museum

National Palace Museum collects about 620,000 Chinese treasures, covering 5,000-year historical development from the Neolithic Age to Chin Dynasty, and is one of the first four museums in the world. In the three-story exhibition halls, the exhibits are classified on the basis of themes, such as Bronze, Pottery & Porcelain, Paintings, Carvings and Jade.

You are recommended to start your visit from the Orientation Gallery (Room 102) located in the west wing of the main building. There you will find information on the Museum's history and exhibitions before heading to the galleries.