Taiwan 2015: National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market

April 25, 2015

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Taipei City’s National Palace Museum hosts a massive collection of ancient Chinese artifacts, historical documents and artworks, reflecting over 10,000 years of rich Chinese cultural heritage. As of March 2015, the collection is composed of 696,344 treasures, mostly from the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.

How to Get to National Palace Museum:
Take the MRT Tamsui-Xinyi Line to the Shilin Station > Take bus Red 30 (other buses include 255, 304, 815 Sanchung – NPM Line, Minibus 18 and Minibus 19)

Entrance Fee:
NT$250 (With Audio Guide: +NT$100 | Free Guided Tours in English Online Reservation)

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Photography is not allowed inside the museum. For this reason, I can only show you the exteriors. It’s a good view anyway.

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There is a park right beside the museum. We had time to spare, so my friends and I explored it.

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Taiwan’s Merdragon. Haha!

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It’s a nice place for resting and taking pictures. We also tried feeding the ducks with grass. Look at that face – my excitement was bordering on embarrassing.

After three months of living in Taiwan, the word dinner now refers to food bought at the night market. For this trip, we went to the Shilin Night Market which is near Jiantan Station (one stop away from Shilin Station/National Palace Museum). It is considered to be the biggest and most popular night market in Taipei.

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Three things to expect from the night market: Lots of mouth-watering food, lots of affordable stuff (clothes, shoes, bags, accessories – you name it!) and lots of people. You’ll need lots of patience, too, haha. Don’t worry, it’s all worth it.

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There’s a tattoo parlor!

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The LeBron 12 kicks are P2,000 cheaper here than in Manila. What a steal!

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More shopping destinations (Ximending, etc.) on my next posts! Stay tuned!

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