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Construction of NPM branch set to be completed in October (update)

Construction of NPM branch set to be completed in October (update)

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) Construction of the southern branch of the National Palace Museum (NPM, ?????) is proceeding faster than expected and is scheduled to be completed in October, said the head of Taiwan's best known museum Saturday. The museum staff will begin organizing exhibitions at the new branch after construction is completed later this year, said Fung Ming-chu (???), director of the NPM. Fung made the remarks as she and Interior Minister Chen Wei-zen (???) accompanied President Ma Ying-jeou (???) on a visit to check on the progress of the branch's construction work. Ma said he was pleased to learn that the construction of the branch is on track, and he expected the branch to be opened by the end of this year. Located in southern Chiayi County, the branch is being characterized as a "museum of Asian art and culture." It will collect, research, preserve and exhibit artifacts and relics from across Asia, according to the museum. The branch is being established to achieve "regional justice" because many of Taiwan's most prominent museums are located in Taipei and northern Taiwan, and people in southern Taiwan also need a good arts and culture environment, according to Ma. After the new branch is opened, residents of central and southern Taiwan will have more convenient access to historical relics and cultural treasures, Ma said. It will also help overseas visitors learn more about local culture, he said, noting that 9.91 million visitors came to Taiwan in 2014. The branch is being built at a cost of over NT$10.9 billion (US$345.24 million). Wu Jui-an (???), an official with the Ministry of the Interior's Construction and Planning Agency, said Saturday that the exterior of the museum will be decorated with images of dragons, elephants and horses to represent ancient Chinese, Indian and Persian civilizations, respectively. Wu added that the construction of the branch museum meets Taiwan's green building standards, enabling the facility to be able to save on electricity costs in the future. (By Chiang Chun-liang, Christie Chen and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-18 19:25 GMT+08:00