Taiwan National Center for Traditional Arts

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I'm a terrible blogger. Not only are these pictures at least six months old but, well they are six months old. At any rate, one of our stops while in Taiwan was the National Center for Traditional Arts.

Home to a Wu Ching sculptural commission which our friends said we could not miss. It was called “Country Sentiment” (Endless Proliferation) and while no photos were allowed, I had to share this artists magnificent work, crafted entirely of gold. I suggest you look at the artist's website to really appreciate the detail.

Now for my own photos from around the National Center for Traditional Arts.The main area is full of shops selling traditional crafts and snacks. The architecture is made to look like a Taiwanese street during the Victorian period. I loved the paved street with brick insets.

 One of the exhibition buildings. On the other side of the railing was a sunken koi pond. I just thought it would make a beautiful house of all things!

 Interior display of reproduced traditional painting for a temple.

 So this is actually the food court... but again, just admiring the architecture and integrated garden courtyard.

Traditional candy-making - it was so fun to watch!

photos by me, please credit if you borrow, thanks!
Parnassus said...

Hello Ann, I am in Cleveland now for a trip, but you are making me miss all the interesting places to visit in Taiwan.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm interested in finding a website for the wooden sandle shop.
Do you have any ideas on how to find it? Thank you!

Ann said...

I know what sandal shop you are talking about - those custom sandal shops are all through Taiwanese night markets and such as well. If you're trying to source them from abroad I suggest contacting the NCFTA at http://www.ncfta.gov.tw/ Good luck!