Wulai Atayal Museum

Wulai Atayal Museum: Hours, Address, Wulai Atayal Museum Reviews: 4/5

Wulai Atayal Museum
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas • Architectural Buildings
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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The area
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Neighborhood: Xindian / Wulai District
The Bitan Scenic Area with its beautiful mountains and rivers was one of the eight sceneries of Taiwan earlier on and was reputed as the “little red cliff” due to its steep cliffs on the west bank. If you enjoy wandering through this area by bike, there are well established surrounding riverside cycling paths. One may also boat on Bitan in paddle boats which are also quite pleasant. If you are tired and would like to take some rest, why not set foot in feature restaurants on the east bank and comfort your soul with great food and beautiful scenery with an air of romance. The neighboring Wulai is one of the few districts in Northern Taiwan with indigenous culture. You can visit the Atayal Museum for the history and culture of indigenous people, or go for an in-depth indigenous tribal life experience and enjoy unique totems and architecture. The area is famous for its hot springs and cherry blossoms. Visit in spring to bask in the color of cherry blossoms, and experience hot springs in winter to warm the body and heart. Don’t miss the old street if you enjoy shopping and buying. If you want to stand closer to nature, the different appearance of Wulai Waterfall from time to time from trickling to overwhelming will capture your heart.

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xlne
Singapore, Singapore608 contributions
Great museum and friendly people
May 2019
I visited this museum a few years ago during my first trip to Taiwan and was impressed by the modern facility in a small hill town far away from the city. The museum experience was great and well thought-out, even though I’m not particularly interested in aboriginal culture.

On my recent visit, I saw that there is now an AV area at the lobby, which was a nice touch. I also chatted with the lovely museum receptionist, Ya Xi, who comes from an indigenous family. I was enquiring about the public bus schedules to the village and she was so helpful and friendly that we ended up chatting about the different worlds we live in for awhile.
Written August 7, 2019
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan10,987 contributions
About aboriginal culture
Jun 2019 • Solo
This museum is located on Main Street in Wulai, and its displays are mainly about aboriginal people. The museum is compact, but quite informative. You can get the outline of Atayal minority. The entrance is free. So, I recommend you to take a look.
Written June 25, 2019
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Hlmilk3
Asia131 contributions
free admission
Jun 2019
u get to learn about aboriginals for free😀 chinese and english language. there’s a shop inside selling their stuff too
Written June 1, 2019
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KHWanderlust
Atlanta, GA12 contributions
Great little museum for adults and kids
Jul 2018 • Family
My family enjoyed this little museum. I have long been aware of Taiwanese aboriginals and seen their crafts, but never truly appreciated their culture until I went to see this museum. My nine-year-old got some minecraft inspiration from the model thatched wood houses. Loved the gift shop: they were playing some great aboriginal music and had lots of interesting handwoven items.
Written July 19, 2018
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Dan J
Scottdale, PA8 contributions
Good small free museum
May 2018 • Solo
The museum is free. English descriptions on displays which is good as English is not widely spoken. You do learn a lot about the Atayal culture which is the main aboriginal group in Wulai. Small gift shop in museum to help support it. If you are not a museum person spend at least 15 minutes learning something. I enjoy museums and spent 1.5 hours studying all the displays.
Written May 23, 2018
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Anilak111
Las Vegas, NV7 contributions
Small but educational
Apr 2018 • Couples
The museum was small yet educational. My only concern was we were unsure if it was free or if were suppose to pay
Written April 30, 2018
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wukongsun
Burnaby, Canada182 contributions
Very interesting and informative
Mar 2018 • Family
Though staff were somewhat standoffish, my family had a good time touring the museum.

If you're interested in Atayal/aboriginal stuff, this is an excellent place to go.

Bonus: listen to the English voice actors on the trapping display ham it up.

We didn't stay to watch the dance demonstration.
Written April 10, 2018
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Quang Kiet Le
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam745 contributions
Small and not well presented museum
Jun 2017
The museum was on the old street of Wulai, which was easily accessible. It was free and small with a lot of information about the local tribal people. However, it was under renovation with noise, dust and messy presentation when I was there. Staff even didn't care about visitor which was a bit disappointed to me.
Written June 28, 2017
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axk
singapore874 contributions
Interesting Knowledge on the indigenious Atayal Tribal
Oct 2015 • Couples
Our purpose of going to Wulai was to view the waterfall and watch some cultural activities. However, it was pouring and there is no way we could walk as we understand from others to avoid taking taxi who will jack up the prices. We passed through the shops just like Jiufen and night market it was rather sad no tourists except us and they do not have interesting food for us to even think of eating.

We then decided to spend our time at the Wulai Atayal Museum instead knowing the basic and the indepth of the indigenous people livelihood.

It is interesting full of information how these people live like any other indigenous people.

It is lucky we did not go to the Wulai fall as the people at the museum told us we cant walk there anymore and need to get taxi when we decided to give another attempt of visiting. The rain was pouring and no sight of taxi and we in the end decided to quit.

How to get there: bus #849 from Xindian MRT (green line)

Be warned the bus is very crowded and the journey is long and winding uphill. I believe by now some part of the road has been resurface and widen. The length of the journey is about 2 hrs and to include the visit you may need to set aside half a day. Those who have weak legs from the bus stop to the place of interest is an uphill challenge bring a walking stick or your trail stick. Strangely when we get back to Taipei it was blazing hot and not a drop of rain. It could be Wulai is up on the hill.
Written June 29, 2016
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notlostyet12
Seattle, WA213 contributions
Interesting cultural dance program
Jun 2015 • Solo
The museum itself isn't all that compelling. It mostly sells stuff that relates to the local culture, and perhaps is made by locals. It does have some artifacts and information about the history and life of the Atayi people. If you are seeing the waterfall, then stop by. However, what you really need to plan for is to watch the "Gaga" show. At first I thought it was pretty corny, and it seemed not particularly "traditional." It has clearly been produced and created for modern audiences. The music is loud and in no way conveys a feeling of yesteryear. But it is catchy. Soon they get audience members involved. Apparently I was selected to be a bride, and I was hoisted up above everyone else on a chair in a ceremony remarkably similar to a Jewish wedding. By the end, we're all up on the stage dancing, adorned with some sort of costume, and participating in a recognition of the culture. There is an obligatory picture to purchase--not too expensive and helpful for the museum and the actors. Again, I was dubious at first, but by the end (after the marriage--I still don't know who my husband is!) I enjoyed myself and learned a bit about the history and culture of the Atayal people. If I understand correctly, the show is at 3 pm (maybe more times, but I'm not sure).

I did this as part of a tour of the area, see the waterfall, and learn more about the indigenous peoples of Taiwan.
Written June 27, 2015
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Wulai Atayal Museum is open:
  • Mon - Fri 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM