New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum

New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum

New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum
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9:30 AM - 5:00 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 first modern ceramics museum in the nation, The construction of the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum was first proposed in 1988 and opened to the public on November 26, 2000. In twelve years, it has become the leading county museum in Taiwan and the first professional museum wholly dedicated to ceramics.
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia12,144 contributions
Jan 2020
Just how long you spend in the Ceramics Museum depends oh how much you like ceramics. Some of the exhibits show a high degree of artistry and other exhibits are more utilitarian. It's best to fit a visit to the Museum n around the visit you make to Ceramics Street. Unless you really are a ceramics fan, I'd say an hour at the Museum is enough. By the way, to get to Yingge you can take the Taiwan Railways West Coast Line from Taipei. The trip takes around half an hour.
Written March 1, 2020
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liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan1,108 contributions
Nov 2020
A modern and well designed ceramics-themed museum.

The museum displays the techniques used for pottery, the history of ceramics, and fine ceramics used in computers, telephones, and other high-techs. The contents of the exhibitions cover a wide range of topics, including cultures, arts and sciences.

There are also collections of ceramic artworks from Taiwan and other countries. The architecture of the Museum itself is a masterpiece.

A very nice museum, suitable for all ages.
Written January 13, 2021
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travelogue_voyage
London, UK60 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
It's a hugh area which you could spend half day there.
The museum is an award-winning architecture and a good photo shooting spot. It also got informative and interactive exhibits telling the history of ceramics in Taiwan. And of course, there is sculptures and art pieces made of ceramics. At the backyard of the museum, it's a large open area with playgrounds and also small centers/shops holding various activities. There is also pizza shop (which let you made your own pizza) and bread stall. In addition, there is artist showing tourists how to make a ceramic piece daily.
It's a great place for kids. But, as an adult visiting solo, I feel good to spend half day here too!
Written February 19, 2020
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TravelQueenie365
Singapore, Singapore704 contributions
May 2013 • Family
Tip 1: It is completely free to visit the museum.

Tip 2: The best thing about the museum is they have free audio guide which you can rent it by submitting a personal ID for them to keep it safe.

Tip 3: The museum itself is very modern and most of the displays are only about 50-70 years old, i wouldnt say that its a museum. Its more like a exhibition hall for old ceramics. It is mainly about how ceramics came about and how people make use of ceramics to lead their lives in the past. I saw a previous reviewers advising visitors not to bring their kids to the museum. I felt that it is not true, there are so many interactive media in the museum and definitely a good day out for the kids.

Tip 4: Just right opposite the museum is a big warehouse that sells ceramic items like pots and pans and chinese teapots and cups. I strongly suggest people who like ceramic homewares to visit this warehouse. A small set of teapot and teacups are just about USD$5, totally worth it!

Tip 5: Remember to have your toilet break in the musuem before you make your way to the old street in San Xia.

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Written June 30, 2013
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Annh
California32 contributions
Yingge is quick trip on the train from Taipei. The walk to the museum from the train station is somewhat obnoxious – as no sidewalk is provided for about half the walk. You are on your own for crossing the roads, as no pedestrian crossing lights are installed. So be careful trying to dart through the busy, fast moving traffic.

The museum is spacious, spanning 3 floors of displays. There are English placards and signage throughout. There were no English brochures containing the museum layout. However, there was a free English audio guide with map available at the information desk inside the museum. Video displays seem to be in Chinese only.

The general topics covered are an introduction to ceramics, history of ceramics in Taiwan, and the future of ceramics. The general introduction to ceramics was a little light – not going into enough detail about the differences between the various materials and processes that go into making the diversity of products, differing quality levels, etc. I did not see material covering what makes fine quality ceramics, what are the desirable characteristics that differentiate fine quality from poor quality, what process/materials result in these desirable characteristics, etc. – this would have made a very interesting and informative section.

The history section was very interesting, weaving the history of ceramics production in with the history of the island. It related how ceramics development and production changed peoples’ lives, as ceramics transformed over time from luxury items to commonplace items. The displays revealed both a cultural history and a technological history as you learned what items were made from ceramics and how they were used. I especially enjoyed learning how they used ceramics to keep ants out of the food cupboards. A few other examples from the displays are ceramic pillows, ceramic containers to refine hair grooming oils, betelnut dish, religious items, roof tiles, and pipes. Don’t miss the tiny teapots with the even tinier inscriptions engraved on them – so tiny that you look through a magnifying glass to read them.

The future section contained displays about ceramics’ role in high tech electronics, solar cell applications, anti-pollution technologies, aerospace, etc. One notable display was the world’s largest grinding wheel.

The third floor contained ceramic modern art.
The basement offers a children’s hands-on area.
There are two gift shops – on inside the museum, and one outside in back of the museum.

The museum has A/C but it was kept quite warm while we were there. Leaving the back entrance to the museum wide open contributed to the poor temperature control. That combined with the heat outside left people parched and looking for sustenance. There is a restaurant in the basement which was notable in its complete lack of service. The restaurant was about 25% filled, and offered a very limited, quick food type menu. We seated ourselves and waited 15 minutes for a waiter. We waited another 5-10 for the waiter to come back to take our order. The waiter then proceeds to advise us that the “kitchen is behind” and it would take 1 or more hours to get any food. I asked if we could just order a cold beverage then, and the waiter said that beverages could be served quickly. We waited another 30 minutes and the waiter comes back and tells us that it will now take another “one or more hours” to get our beverages. At this point a man at the next table chimes in and says that he has been waiting 1.5 hours for his order, and another man from another table stood up and said he had been here longer than any of us and he didn’t even have a glass of water yet. He pitifully begged for help getting food. We ended up walking out.

There is a “ceramics” park behind the museum. This looks to be a relatively new creation. It is a large open space park with a children’s play area (nice bricks of course - and the kids were enjoying building with them despite the extreme heat), shallow water play wading pool to cool off in, kiln models scattered around, a working kiln in use by local artisans, and an amphitheater. As the landscaping matures, this should prove to be a lovely oasis.

Overall, a very worthwhile day trip from Taipei. After spending the morning in the museum, you can stroll up to “old street” (Jianshanpu Road), a tourist oriented retail street with nothing “old” about it, and spend the afternoon shopping the broad price spectrum of various ceramics, wood carvings, geodes and other items. Bargaining is expected, as you will not be quoted the actual or lowest price. Be sure to look for a couple of nice surprises - such as the 30 meter long actual old tunnel kiln that serves as an entrance to one of the shops and a 15 meter deep old well incorporated into the floor plan of another shop.
Written June 29, 2008
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Jangtravels
Singapore, Singapore678 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
How interesting can ceramics get? I was given an education at this place on the history and future of ceramics. All for free. There are daily DIY workshops for kids and adult at a cost of NT30 & NT 50. Quite fun. There is also an outdoor water play area for kids. The restaurant food is reason but it is a nice place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the museum.

Tip- they don't ship the pieces you do for your DIY even though they would burn it in their kiln. You need someone local to help collect & ship back your artwork.
Written June 29, 2013
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JeredSingapore
Singapore3 contributions
Aug 2012 • Solo
YingGe is a 40 minute train ride on a local train from Taipei Main Station. There is a street in YingGe full of ceramics, artists, and tea stuff - it's a wonderful place to visit for an afternoon and to buy unique and beautiful gifts. It's a 10 minute walk from the train station. I've been there several times and every time I visit I find something new.
Written August 21, 2012
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XuanzhiYi
Nanjing, China21 contributions
Feb 2011
Just get off at Yingge train station, which is between Taoyuan station and Shanjia station. Walk to the ground floor and follow the sign which points to the direction of the museum, I walked liked 20 minutes(although there's sign, but i had to figure out the shortest way). The museum is a quite new 4-store building,which, I remember, costs nearly 100 million NTD. At the entrance there's a big pool and beautiful artificial waterfall can be seen. The underground floor has a lovely coffee shop and you can grab a bite there, but it might be a little expensive. From the ground floor to the top floor there are different display areas, I personally recommend you pick up a free recorded guidance at the ground floor service desk, of course you can choose English. Another quite interesting is to do is to stand at the top floor and gaze afar and you can actually spot the Taipei 101 building, it's so cool. Besides, on the fourth floor you can also see a giant sculpture in the east direction, which turns out to be a ceramics park, and many people go cycling there.
Written April 6, 2011
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Asoupcan
Hsinchu, Taiwan1,258 contributions
Apr 2011 • Friends
A lot of hands on activities. Dish painting, working with clay, plus the overall town experience with all the ceramic dishes and such makes this a worthwhile trip.
Written March 21, 2012
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Thomas H
Toronto, Canada1,080 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Every time I go to Taiwan, I will *always* make a visit to the Yingge Ceramics Museum.

Depending on the amount of time you have, you can choose doing the permanent or temporary exhibitions.

If your time is limited then, you should definitely choose the temporary exhibitions that is usually on the 3rd floor and open areas of the 1st floor and basement.

If you have a ton of time, do the temporary exhibitions, then the outdoor permanent artwork and lastly the indoor permanent exhibition which is more informative and less about creativity.

Some of the artwork is very abstract and may not appeal to you, but give it some time and try making your own interpretations of what the artist is trying to conceptualize and you'll find things much more interesting.

This building and all the artwork allows for a great place to practice all sorts of photography when the varying types of lighting, indoor/outdoor settings.

The gift shop also has some interesting pieces, so be sure to make a stop there as well.

For the price, it's a great value.
Written January 30, 2018
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