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“Japanese colonial architecture” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Taiwan Literature

National Museum of Taiwan Literature
No.1 Zhongzheng Road,Zhongxi District, Tainan, Taiwan
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Ranked #10 of 164 things to do in Tainan
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Jhongli
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“Japanese colonial architecture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Admittedly, I'm not a fan of Taiwanese literature. For me, the treat of this visit was the Japanese architecture involved, so typical of the Japanese style from Meiji to 1945-both in Japan & in its empire (and I'm not passing judgement in any way on the pros & cons of Japanese imperialism). Relatively speaking, a magnificent building (restored) with one interesting exhibit: a Japanese film presentation that fluctuated between propaganda & travelogue: "Japanese life in Taiwan is wonderful!" In front of the screen is a very old motorcycle. For the life of me, I could not identify its DOM, make or model.

Visited August 2012
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Tainan
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“Nice Building”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Pretty boring place if you don't speak/read Chinese. The building is well restored but if you are from a western country, you will most likely not find it very interesting.

Visited September 2011
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Taoyuan, Taiwan
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“An easiest way to know middle edged Taiwan”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Not only presenting in words and pictures, but with a lot of interesting charactors standing in front of you to really close to feel them. For Asian people to say, it's quite easy to get into the progress! And it's quite a place for family to go around in half of a day. Talking about the building, it's quite something to compete with the world class museum. For non native tourist, hotels around are convenient, but public transportation seems not so well known yet!

Visited February 2012
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Chiayi, Taiwan
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“A Must-Come Place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

The museum is from the old City Government building from Japanese time about 80 years ago. Traditional Baroque style building, with a lot of works and exhibitions from various representative Taiwanese authors. There is a most famous noodle store nearby(Tainan Dan-Zai noodle). Deserve a long waiting if you like to taste traditional Tainan food 100 years ago- of course you will wait long for the people from everywhere are always waiting.

Visited April 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great Building, Good Exhibits, But Content Inaccessible to English-Speakers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

The simple fact is that the museum is about Taiwanese literature with an emphasis on native aboriginal writers. Unless you're a genius you're just not going to fathom what is going on in the non-english presentations.
I wouldn't let that stop me from a quick stop here however. The building is truly gorgeous both inside and outside - a remnant of earlier Japanese colonialism. It has a really fine cafe where you can get some fantastic salads and other lunch time stuff (for the usual inflated museum prices).
Also, the museum is ideally located around a whole series of other interesting sites. So you can drop in here for a few minutes of gawking at the architecture and proceed down the street to the famous Confucian Temple or around the block to the equally famous Tu Hsaio Yueh (Slack Season Tan Tsai Noodles) restaurant, or just a few more blocks away to the vibrant Tiantan Temple or Mr. Wu's Garden. And if your legs can take it even more temples. Oh, and the museum is free so you get more than you pay for.

Visited February 2012
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