If you are a historic buff as well as a hipster, you can’t miss the museums when visiting Tainan. There are some museums in Tainan, and among them, the top choice museum is National Museum of Taiwanese Literature(國立台灣文學館).
The National Museum of Taiwan Literature (NMTL), founded on October 17th,2003, is the first national museum dedicated to the literary arts. The museum building has a distinguished history tracing back to 1916,when it was built to house the Tainan Prefectural Government. Reflecting contemporary European architectural styling, it is one of several well-known works by architect Moriyama Matsunosuke on the island. The building was damaged during WWII and suffered decades of neglect before serious restoration work was commenced in 1997.Reopened in 2003, the building is today afocal point of island literature,culture, architecture and history, and a successful example of both restoration and revitalization.
This serious and excellent museum details the development of Taiwanese literature from the time of the pre-Han indigenous peoples to the modern era. Textual explanations are supplemented by original manuscripts, readings, video footage and literary relics. There’s a large hall showcasing ‘mother- Tongue literary works’, which includes works in Hakka, Taiwanese and indigenous dialects. The museum is housed in a gorgeous piece of Japanese colonial architecture that was once the Tainan District Hall, which goes to show the importance the Taiwanese give to their literature.
In helping spread literary knowledge and appreciation, the museum hopes to make reading and the literary arts a “friend” for life. There are free audio tours for visitors in English. Enquire at the service counter. The museum is a 15-minute walk along Zhongshan Rd from Tainan Train Station.
National Museum of Taiwanese Literature
[國立台灣文學館/Guólì táiwān wénxué guǎn]
-Located in: Southern Taiwan
-Features: Historical Site, Museum, Literature
-Highly recommend to: History Buffs, Hipsters
-Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00 (Closed on Sundays, Sundays, New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year holiday)
-Address: No. 1, Zhongzheng Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan City, Taiwan