If you want to view the Jadeite cabbage sculpture that is ever so popular in Taiwan, you have to head to The National Palace Museum. Of course, there are many other items on view. I would schedule about 2-3 hours of time minimum for this place. No photography allowed means very few photos on display on this post. Pictures of the artifacts are sourced from the Museum’s website.
This museum is strictly no photography allowed. You even have to check in bags and your cameras at the counter before going in. The entrance fee costs NTD80 per adult.
The Jadeite Cabbage with Insects is one of the icons of Taiwan. Carved from jade into the shape of a cabbage with a locust and katydid camouflaged in the leaves. The sculptor is unknown but it was believed to be part of a dowry for a consort.
It looks like meat but it is actually banded jasper. This meat looking stone together with the Jadeite Cabbage are the two main attractions at the Taiwan National Museum. It is a must see.
There will be a long line of tourist entering the room that houses these two sculptures. Viewing time is minimal and there will always be a crowd at the viewing glass. You will have to be a bit unkind and move your way thru the view-hoggers. We arrived at 330pm. If you arrive nearing the end of the day, you get lesser crowds. 330pm was a good time to arrive, take your time thru the other exhibits and even sneak a second or third round to view the Jadeite cabbage and meat stone.
The National Palace Museum is opened daily from 08:30 to 18:30 all year round.
To get here, do the following.
Take the MRT Danshui Line to the Shilin Station and take bus R30 (Red 30 – Low-floor bus), 255, 304, 815 (Sanchung – NPM Line), Minibus 18, or Minibus 19 to the plaza in front of the National Palace Museum.
Take the MRT Wenhu Line to the Dazhi Station, then take bus B13 (Brown 13) to the National Palace Museum. Alternatively, visitors may choose to take the Wenhu Line and get off at Jiannan Rd. Station, then take bus B20 (Brown 20) to the plaza in front of the National Palace Museum.