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National Museum of Taiwanese Literature
Vacation Travel Guide

Read heartfelt war correspondence, hear indigenous lullabies and learn about Japan’s 20th-century imperialism within this gorgeous monument. 

Journey through Taiwan’s diverse cultural history and hear the languages of the island at the National Museum of Taiwanese Literature. This museum researches, preserves and displays literary artifacts of Taiwanese, Japanese, Mandarin and classical Chinese origin.

The museum was opened in 2003 within the former Tainan City Hall, a national monument that dates back to 1916. Admire its distinctly European architecture, which was designed by Japanese architect Matsunosuke Moriyama. The building was first used by the Japanese as a government headquarters, during their occupation of Taiwan.

Within its striking walls, spacious exhibit halls are filled with displays of Eastern Asian literary artifacts. Visit the Inner World of Taiwan Literature exhibit to see key works by influential Taiwan authors that address the island’s history of cultural conflict and reconciliation.

Learn about the architectural history of the region at the Old Architecture New Life exhibit, where preserved artifacts used in Tainan’s former district hall are displayed. Learn how the city’s architectural norm developed under Japanese influence.

A number of rotating exhibits are also featured at this museum. See displays of Taiwanese poetry and war correspondence which have been preserved in the museum archives.

Throughout the exhibits, English descriptions are limited. However, multilingual audio tours are available and very informative. Arrange a group tour at the information desk.

Relax at the museum library, which has a seating area and an outdoor café. Enjoy a hot beverage surrounded by students working and academics chatting.

The National Museum of Taiwanese Literature is located within walking distance from Tainan Station. Get to the area via bus or train. It is open every day except for Mondays. The museum is free to enter.

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