Taipei Palace Museum opens southern branch

The Palace Museum in Taipei has opened a branch in the south of the island.

A long-awaited new branch of Taipei’s Palace Museum was inaugurated in Chiayi city of south Taiwan on Monday.

The project, consisting of a museum building, a green park and a lake, was built over 11 years, at a cost of more than 341 million U.S. dollars.

The new branch’s opening coincides with the 90th year of the establishment of the Palace Museum in Beijing.

Beijing’s Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, was inaugurated in 1925.

Taipei’s Palace Museum was built in 1965 based on about 600,000 pieces shipped from the mainland when the Kuomintang fled to Taiwan in 1949 after its defeat in a civil war.

About 90 percent of the exhibits in the new branch in Chiayi are from the museum’s own collection but it will focus more on Asian art and culture.

The branch will also serve as a cultural and education center for residents in the south of Taiwan.

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