CULTURE OF TAIWAN
When visiting Taiwan, you will be able to come in touch with all aspects of this beautiful country’s multifaceted cultures
Photos courtesy of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Li Tien-lu Hand Puppet Historical Museum, and Taiwan Tourism Bureau
Taiwan’s fascinating culture is everywhere, from back alley public art projects to street puppet shows, grand downtown performance halls, and up through the jewel that is the National Palace Museum and its over 700,000 treasures.
Culture is alive here well beyond the confines of curated museums. Performing arts blending traditional cultural themes with modern elements, and diverse religious and cultural festivals like Dragon Boat Day, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and the goddess Mazu’s birthday fill the calendar with fascination year-round for truly authentic local experiences.
Wander the alleyways of Taipei and you could come across a hand puppet performance. Authentic, elaborately attired characters make charming keepsakes or gifts.
Don’t underestimate the power and influence of these two crescent moon blocks, a ubiquitous sight at Taiwan’s temples used in divination to answer a “yes” or “no” question.
This personable, quirky Bodhisattva is hand crafted and dressed in a pure gold robe.