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National Palace Museum southern branch to have soft launch Dec. 28

National Palace Museum southern branch to have soft launch Dec. 28

Taipei, Dec. 23 (CNA) The inaugural exhibitions of the southern branch of the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Chiayi County, starting Dec. 28, will feature the art and culture of tea in Asia and porcelain from Korea and Japan, in addition to the Jadeite Cabbage, one of the most popular items in the museum's collection.

NPM Director Feng Ming-chu, speaking in a television interview Tuesday, introduced the theme exhibitions of the southern branch during its six-month trial run and the online reservation system for visitors.

Feng said it will only open to visitors who have scheduled appointments made in advance. All appointments will have to be scheduled one month in advance.

To make an appointment, visitors must go to the southern branch's webpage at to register and schedule dates.

On Oct. 30, the museum opened its registration system to people planning to visit the southern branch during the first month of the soft launch, from Dec. 29 to Jan. 31, 2016.

Visits for the first month are fully booked, and the registration system will open Jan. 20 to those who are interested in coming in February, according to Feng.

She said that in addition to its cultural and educational functions, the southern branch is expected to help boost the development of tourism and the cultural and creative sector in the region.

The museum will exhibit national treasures of the NPM, such as the Jadeite Cabbage, a piece of jadeite carved into the shape of a Chinese cabbage, with a locust and a katydid hiding among the leaves, which is one of NPM's most-admired artifacts. It will be displayed for 10 months, Feng said.

To provide visitors with an experience of Taiwan's unique cultural creativity and to link the cultural experience with local products and businesses in central and southern Taiwan, the curators have chosen tea tasting as the theme of one of the inaugural exhibitions.

Feng said that the museum has cooperated with tea growers in central and southern Taiwan to promote locally produced tea, and the NPM-brand tea is expected to be marketed in 2016.

On the inauguration day Dec. 28, the museum will present 10 exhibitions, including permanent exhibitions featuring Buddhist art, Asian textiles, tea tasting, the history of Chiayi, and a multimedia introduction to Asian art.

Three special exhibitions will feature South Asian costume, Islamic jade, and Ming-Dynasty (1368-1644) blue-and-white porcelain, as well as two international loan exhibitions featuring Goryeo Celadons, the most representative porcelain of the Korean peninsula, as well as Japanese Imari porcelain.

Feng said that the southern branch has scheduled exhibitions until 2019, among which will be a 2016 exhibition on masterpieces of fine arts from Japan and an exhibition in 2017 under an exchange program between the NPM and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. (By Y.C. Tai and Lillian Lin)

Updated : 2021-09-19 11:24 GMT+08:00