National Palace Museum – World’s Largest Collection of Chinese Artefacts

If it’s a wealth of history you seek, then the National Palace Museum is the place to visit in Taipei.

National Palace Museum

Contained within is the world’s largest and collection of Chinese art including the Jadeite Cabbage, a beautiful sculpture carved into the shape of a Chinese cabbage head.

With 5 floors, there’s a vast number of items on display, with paintings, calligraphy, ceramics and many religious objects, and you could easily spend a good few hours perusing the exquisite collection.

With a strictly no cameras policy, I was unable to get any pictures inside, but you can go on a virtual tour via Google Maps.

The palace buildings and surrounding area are a sight to behold, offering great views of Shilin.

Adjacent to the Palace Museum is Zhishan Garden, one of the best Chinese gardens in Taipei.

Click here to read about Zhishan Garden

There are a few restaurants and cafes on site, including the Silks Palace which offers a fine-dining experience with traditional Taiwanese dishes.

National Palace Museum

Their website has a useful map and guide should you wish to plan ahead and find pieces of particular interest.

The National Palace Museum is one of Taipei’s must-visit attractions. Not only does it contain 100s of fascinating pieces of ancient exhibits, but the buildings and surrounding scenery are worth a visit in their own right.

Pros

  • Beautiful building and surroundings
  • Plenty of historical artefacts

Cons

  • Not located near the MRT, so you’ll need to take the bus or a taxi
  • Gets very crowded, especially at weekends.

Price

NT$350 (NT$500 with multimedia guide device rental)

Click here to purchase a ticket from Klook

Opening Times

Open daily from 08:30 to 18:30 all year round with Fridays and Saturdays extended until 21:00.

Traveller Tips

Free guided tours are available in English at 10:00 and 15:00 (online booking required). Alternatively, you can purchase an English headphone guide for NT$200.

Also check out the beautiful Chinese garden located next door to the palace museum.

They have very strict security on the door, so you’ll need to use their lockers to store any bags, cameras or drinks, for a cost of NT$10.

Strictly no photos

Location

Closest MRT: Shilin Station (red line)
Then take the R30 bus from the station, every 30 minutes. Journey time 15 minutes.

This is also one of the stops on the Sightseeing Bus tour.

Alternatively, you can take a YouBike from this location to a stop close to the Palace Museum (not on Google Maps but it’s opposite the Palace).

Another option is to take a dedicated coach service from Taipei 101. Tickets can be purchased from KKDay or from the Taipei 101 ticket desk and cost NT$100 each way.

Taipei 101 to NPMNPM to Taipei 101
Every hour from 11:00 to 16:00 Every hour from 12:00 to 17:00

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