Thursday, June 18, 2009

Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines

On Tuesday I was shown around the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines in Taipei. Over the years I'd heard a lot of good things about this place, and I'm glad to say it's reputation is fully deserved. It focuses on the history and culture of the high-mountain tribes (lowland or 'Pingpu' aborigines do get a few mentions, however) and displays weapons, clothing, ritual artefacts such as the double-cups of the Rukai tribe, and also tattooing implements.

Admission is a little steep at NT$150 per adult (children, students, seniors and aborigines pay NT$100), but it's possible to save a bit of money by getting a joint ticket with the National Palace Museum, which is just down the road.

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