July 27, 2010
As I mentioned in my last post there are a lot of museums in Taiwan, and by accident I stumbled across one of the newest, so I thought I'd share with you, dear readers.
I have mentioned Ilan before in this blog (http://www.go2taiwan.net/blog_content.php?sqno=53 here http://www.go2taiwan.net/blog_content.php?sqno=54 and here http://www.go2taiwan.net/blog_content.php?sqno=52) , and with the Hsuehshan tunnel, it really is very easy to get to. Hence a quick two day trip out of Taipei beckoned and a member of the wonderful staff at Silk's Place Hotel (http://www.silksplace-yilan.com.tw/en/index.html) recommended the newly opened Lanyang Museum.
Opened in May 2010, the Lanyang Museum is all about Ilan (or Yilan as it is often also spelled), covering everything from the geology to flora and fauna to the original inhabitants to modern day. And it does an excellent job. Everything is bilingual and the exhibits are very well done. There is an emphasis on the environment and as I have mentioned before this is a welcome and growing trend here. Overall the exhibits are well thought out and well laid out.
Entrance was free when we went, although they said charges would come into effect in August 2010 (although they weren't certain how much). The website is also due to have an English section. The building is purpose built in in a lean-to style (architecture is not my strong point) but you can see what I mean below.
Pushchairs are available, and in general it is child friendly, although there weren't any specific hands-on activities for children. There's a coffee shop in the museum and you might be able to get basic snacks but don't plan on eating here (and man was Mr. Brown slow).
I don't think you will find a better resource to learn more about what must be the fastest growing region in Taiwan, especially for tourism. I will add that it is still better to have your own transport, as in car or scooter hire, especially to get the most of the burgeoning home stay accommodation market (more on that in a later post), but still for a quick and easy break from Taipei, Ilan is looking good.
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