Taiwan Fun Magazine, June 2004


Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines

282, Jhihshan (Chihshan) Rd., Sec. 2
(02) 2841-2611
Hours: 9 am-5 pm Tues-Sun

     The Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines is located across from the Indigenous Peoples Park, near the National Palace Museum. It first opened in 1994, as the only museum in Taiwan devoted to indigenous peoples. The museum recently closed for several months to undergo a complete renovation of its exhibit areas for its tenth anniversary, and reopened to the public on April 1. New additions include a 3-D film of a Bunun youth on his first hunting trip and an area for listening to indigenous music, as well as displays describing indigenous drinking culture and agriculture. Other exhibit themes cover traditional musical instruments, weapons, clothing, ornaments, dwellings, pottery and ceremonies. To go along with the new exhibits, an audio-guide system has been developed in Mandarin, English and Japanese, with most exhibit panels being in Mandarin and English.--By Cheryl Robbins