national palace museum

Even if you are not a museum person, a trip to Taipei, Taiwan is not complete if you have not visited the National Palace Museum in Taipei’s north end.  The National Palace Museum carries one of the world’s largest collection of ancient Chinese artifacts and is considered the most significant museum there is in the region as it carries over 8000 years of Chinese history.  Here’s a more in depth look around the National Palace Museum.    

The National Palace Museum is located near the Shilin area in Taipei’s northern district.  Unfortunately cameras are not allowed inside the museum, so all I was able to take was pictures outside of the museum.  Take my word for it, the museum exhibits were awesome!  They were grouped into several categories, from rare paintings, bronze and gold artifacts, to its intricate jade collections.  Particularly what was amazing was how intricate and detailed these artifacts were, considering the fact they were all hand made!

national palace museum

Just outside of the main entrance of the National Palace Museum.

Pillar marking the entrance of the museum.

Steps leading to the main gate of the National Palace Museum.

The main gates.  It was a very sunny day.

The sky was super blue!

A stone lion guarding the entrance of the museum.

The National Palace Museum.

The view from the museum was amazing.  Look at the incredible mountains.

White clouds hovering over the mountains.

Giant bronze artifact.

Entrance to the museum.

There were Taiwan flags everywhere as it was near Taiwan’s National Day.

More flags.

Even more flags.

View heading out of the museum.

To get to the museum just take the MRT to Shilin MRT subway station and take the R30, 304 or 255 bus.  The bus will have an electronic signboard that will tell you when you arrive at the National Palace Museum.

The electronic signboard will indicate which is the National Palace Museum stop.

Visitor’s Information to the National Palace Museum:

Location map of where to board the bus from Shilin MRT subway station to the National Palace Museum.

Nearest MRT subway:  Take bus R30, 304 or 255 bus from Shilin MRT station

Opening hours, and admission charges:  check out the official website for details below –

Have you been to the National Palace Museum in Taipei before?  Please share your experiences below!

Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of

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