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Taiwan’s National Palace Museum

This museum housed a comprehensive look at Qing furniture, religious sculpture, masterpieces of jade, bronze items, ceramics, painting and calligraphy. The museum was well documented and covered several floors. It was easy to overlook which direction to wander as sometimes I felt like I was in a maze. Continue reading Taiwan’s National Palace Museum

Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines

I only became aware of Taiwan’s aboriginal people in Thermal Valley when I entered the Ketagalan Cultural Centre. It documented the Ketagalan people’s decline after the Han Chinese came to the island in the 17thcentury, but there was little in the way of traditional artifacts, so I was eager to visit Shilin’s museum. Continue reading Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines

Taipei’s Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

I entered through a thirty metre high archway. The grandeur of the twenty-five hectare park with the National Concert Hall on one side and the National Theatre on the other side of a wide path to the memorial, made it was clear that Chiang Kai-Shek was revered beyond all others. Continue reading Taipei’s Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Xinbeitou and Thermal Valley

Thermal Valley conjured up images of bubbling pools with the smell of sulphur wafting along the valley. Once I left Xinbentou Station, I followed a well-maintained pathway by a stream searching for my imagined Thermal Valley. Continue reading Xinbeitou and Thermal Valley

Haenyeo museum

Not far from Hado Beach on the north-east coast of Jeju Island, was a Haenyeo museum. I’d read two fiction novels about the Haenyeo, (White Chrysanthemum and Women of the Sea) so I was keen to explore further into their lives. Continue reading Haenyeo museum

Bulguksa Temple Museum

The museum was located at the entrance to the temple grounds and housed relics that had been recovered during the excavation of the complex in 1966. While there were crowds milling through Bulguksa Temple, the museum was relatively quiet. Continue reading Bulguksa Temple Museum

Museum of Anthropology

I’m not a big fan of museums, but this Vancouver museum deserved another visit. Situated on Musqueam land, it housed First Nation every day objects and totem poles from all over British Columbia. Continue reading Museum of Anthropology

Another kind of passport?

I hiked to the Melbourne Museum to view one section within this modern building — the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. At the entrance to this display, wominjekawas printed on the wall, meant welcome. As well, a map visually explained the many language groups that once existed all over the state before the European invasion. Continue reading Another kind of passport?

Another site to visit that’s free

Inside Melbourne’s old treasury building was a museum situated within the last free tram stop along Collins Street. For those interested in early European settlement and the gold rush era, there was room after room dedicated to this section of Victoria’s past. Continue reading Another site to visit that’s free

A museum of kimonos

Because this museum was within easy walking distance from Kyoto’s Nishiki Market, I headed for the quiet street to a wooden house. At first I thought the museum was closed because the slatted gate was shut and all was quiet. But inside, I discovered customers deeply interested in what appeared to be the purchase of a kimono. Continue reading A museum of kimonos