Taichung: Must-Visit Museums, Galleries and Arts & Cultural Sites

Translated to Chinese by Teresa Lee.

The old and the new somehow miraculously—and harmoniously—coexist in Taichung, in which nature—luscious patches of green are seamlessly integrated into the city’s historic and modern landmarks—also plays a complementary role. It’s these features that sets Taichung apart from other cities on the island, making it also the literal center of arts and culture of this fair isle.

新穎的現代大樓與傳統的歷史建築的完美融合、以及其中散佈的點點綠意相輔相成——這就是台中。這樣的特色,使台中成了獨一無二的城市,也是台灣這個小島上的文藝中心。

Calligraphy Greenway, Park Lane by CMP, Eslite Park Lane & CMP Block Museum of Arts (草悟道、勤美綠園道、 勤美誠品 、 勤美術館)

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Taichung’s most beautiful and famous patch of green—elegantly named the Calligraphy Greenway—stretches from the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts to the National Museum of Natural Science via two Eslite bookstores—one with an impressive living plant wall—and the CMP Block Museum of Arts, a mini outdoor art installation space. With an assortment of quaint cafes and boutiques in the nearby alleys and plenty of activities on the weekends, Park Lane is considered the pinnacle of arts and culture.

勤美綠園道——這個優美的名字代表著台中最美、最有名的都市綠意。從國美館、科博館、延伸到誠品書店中垂直聳立的綠化牆、最後到勤美術館的迷你戶外裝置藝術空間。綠園道周邊的咖啡館、精緻藝品店、以及各種藝文活動,讓這條綠意盎然的步道成為人們在台中享受文藝光合作用的最佳選擇

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National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (國立台灣美術館)

national taiwan museum of fine arts

One of the most important art museums in Taiwan and the largest in Asia at 102,000 squared meters is free of entry to the public, much to art lovers’ delight. With an east and west wing connected by a suspended bridge, the museum houses not only a permanent collection but also reserves two floors for special exhibits. A walk around the premise promises a multimedia experience, from the outdoor installations to the mixed media, sketching and 360˚ exhibition rooms inside. 

國立台灣美術館身為台灣最重要的、及亞洲最大的博物館之一(102,000平方公尺)是免費公開給大眾參觀,並為藝術愛好者們的一大福音。擁有天橋連接東西兩翼的特殊結構,國美館除了常態性展出外更有兩層樓的特殊展覽空間。在國美館走一圈,你即會體驗各項多媒體的設施——從室外的裝置藝術到多媒體、繪本館跟360度環繞的內部展覽間

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National Museum of Natural Science (國立自然科學博物館)

Palaeoloxodon Skeleton National Museum Of Natural science taichung taiwan

Although its collection nowhere parallels those of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the British Museum and the Natural History Museum in London, Taiwan’s National Museum of Natural History taught many a Taiwan child about science and history. A popular spot for both school and family trips, the museum is filled exhibits—including life-sized moving dinosaurs, a favorite amongst children—that span the various sciences. Along with the spherical movie theater, the try-it-yourself rooms with brainteasers and puzzles make for a fun visit on any weekday or weekend.

台中科博館的館藏或許沒有紐約的自然博物館、英國大英博物館、貨輪堆的自然歷史博物館那樣豐富,但科博館是許多台灣孩子們自然科學與歷史的啟蒙地。台中科博館是校外教學及家庭旅遊的首選,館內中滿各式各樣的展覽、行跨各種科學領域(包括真實尺寸大小的移動恐龍廣受小孩們歡迎)。在球狀劇場附近的體驗區有各種益智遊戲和謎題,無論在平日或假日都會是很棒的旅程。

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Gong Yuan Eye Clinic (宮原眼科)

gongyuan eye clinic miyahara interior taichung taiwanGong Yuan Eye Clinic may have been a one of the biggest private clinics during the Japanese occupation era, but don’t expect any check-ups now. It’s been transformed into a Hogwarts-esque store for Dawn Cakes that sells traditional Chinese desserts such as sun cakes and nougat candy, all packaged to look like vintage books on the shop’s mahogany shelves. Although the chain has several other locations in the central city, Dawn Cakes’ flagship store has become a must-visit destination and is also known for its ice cream, which always sees a long line.

宮原眼科或許是日治時期最大的私人診所之ㄧ,但現在這兒已經沒有視力檢查這項服務了!這裏已經轉型成一個如電影哈利波特的學校霍格華茲般的店鋪,專賣日出糕餅的傳統中式點心,如太陽餅和牛軋糖;他們全都包裝成舊書的樣子,放置在店裡的桃花心木書架上。雖然日出糕餅有不少分店,但宮原眼科身為品牌概念店已經成為一個熱門景點了,每天總能看到排隊的人潮等著嚐嚐這邊也很有名的冰淇林。

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Taichung Metropolitan Opera House (台中國家歌劇院)

taichung metropolitan opera house

Taichung’s next and soon-to-be defining landmark has already caused quite a stir. Dubbed by the architectural world as “the most complicated structure in the world” for its hollow cave-like exterior, the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House was designed by famous Japanese architect Toyo Ito, who based the building on the concept of the prehistoric human residences—tree-houses and caves. The building is also noted for its curved interior walls, 58 in total, making it a the pinnacle of a seemingly impossible architectural feat.

這座台中地標的後起之秀已經造成了不少騷動。因其鏤空的外觀而被建築界冠上「世界最複雜結構建築」的台中國家歌劇院是由日本著名建築師伊東豐雄所設計,並以史前人類的樹屋與洞穴住所作為觀念發想。這棟建築也以內部58作曲面牆聞名,創造了這個看似無法達成的建築壯舉之巔峰。 

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Luce Memorial Chapel (東海大學路思義教堂)

luce memorial chapel tunghai university taichung

A landmark of Tunghai University, the Luce Memorial Chapel was designed by noted architect I. M. Pei—often hailed the master of modern architecture—who was also responsible for the master plan and early development of the university. Named after the Reverend Henry W. Luce, an American missionary in China in the late 19th century, the tent-like conoid structure is set on an irregular hexagonal base and features four warped leaves that rise to 19.2 meters high. This mini-architectural wonder is particularly beautiful at sunset and is incredibly popular with photographers.

路思義教堂是東海大學的地標。教堂由著名的建築師、號稱現代建築之父的貝聿銘所設計,他也在當時負責東海大學的總體和初期規劃。路思義教堂的名稱來自於亨利·溫特斯·路思義,一名備受尊敬的19世紀美國訪中傳教士。教堂以帳篷似的錐體結構間在不規則六邊形的基底、以四邊葉狀的牆包覆、並達19.2公尺高,在夕陽中格外美麗、更是攝影師們熱愛的迷你建築奇景。

 

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Asia Modern (亞洲現代美術館)

asia modern asia university taichung night

Noted self-taught architect Tadao Ando’s first work in Taiwan is also the first ever art gallery designed by Ando on a school campus. The designer of Tokyo’s 21_21 Design Sight Museum constructed this contemporary and modern art museum out of three equilateral triangles, one on each floor. Opened in only 2013 and with indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, Asia Modern has already boasted previous exhibitions of works by Auguste Rodin, Gustav Klimt and Edgar Degas.

亞洲現代美術館是著名的自學建築師安藤忠雄第一個在台灣的作品、更是他第一個設計的校園藝廊。同時也設計東京21_21 Design Sight的安藤忠雄以三個正三角形構成這座美術館,每層樓一個。這裡於2013年開幕,擁有室內與室外的展覽區,更以先前奧古斯特·羅丹、古斯塔夫·克林姆、和埃德加·德加等藝術家的展覽闖出名聲。

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Taichung Broadcast Bureau (台中放送局)

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Opened in 1935 by the Japanese government to further the radio industry, the Taichung Broadcasting Bureau once housed the third radio station in Taiwan, known back then as JFCK. Control of the building was handed back to the Republic of China government after World War II, transforming the castle-like structure into the home of the Taichung Branch of the Broadcasting Corporation of China or BCC. Visit the building to admire its transitional architecture, sunlit rooms and take a trip back in radio history with its special exhibition on the second floor.

台中放送局於1935年由日本政府建立以發展廣播產業。台中放送局內曾有著台灣第三個廣播電台JFCK,二戰後,放送局被交回國民政府手中,並把這棟城堡似的建築改為中國廣播公司或BCC。走訪一趟台中放送局,欣賞這種過渡式建築之美及採光明亮的內部、並在二樓的展示場穿越時空回到廣播的舊時代吧。

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National Library of Public Information (國立公共資訊圖書館)

national library of public information taichung taiwan  night

This white modern building is truly a library for and of the information age and a bookworm’s heaven. With five stories each dedicated to a theme, the public library has a wide collection of Chinese and English books, a young adult section, multimedia learning rooms as well as an extensive reference section of both national and international information. All the knowledge you desire is just a library card away.

國立公共資訊圖書館確實是個為了資訊時代而建、同時也反映資訊時代特色的地方。這棟白色外觀的建築是書迷的天堂,內部五層樓都有不同主題,總體館藏包括各式中英文書籍,還設有青年區、多媒體教育中心、以及廣大的資料庫,提供國內外的各種資訊。讀者們與知識的距離,即刻縮短至一張借書證的厚度。

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