國立傳統藝術中心 National Centre for Traditional Arts

By greenteapanda

December 30, 2008

Category: Travel

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The last major place I went in I-Lan was the National Centre for Traditional Arts, a place others agreed to go to, even though it wasn’t really a place for the partying type. Much of the architecture looked European or like from other places in Asia, not Taiwan. The landscaping reminded me a lot of Korea. A lot of people watched a parade at the entrance, but I decided to walk around the grounds.

The only place that actually looked Taiwanese was the residence of Scholar Huang (黃舉人宅). It was set up like the house was long ago, showing off various features of a learned scholar at that time, and some things in many homes like the "Angry Cat." The "Angry Cat" was a basket that was hung from the ceiling to contain meat. It was out of reach of cats, so the name came from the fact the cats could not eat the food they wanted to have.

If you were a scholar, you could hang a sign indicating it:

In an area with a converted kiln, there was an eating area. They had some fruits that are not readily available elsewhere. This one is what I think is an Apple Guava, judging by something very similar if not the same being available in Hawaii:

I enjoyed some traditional Chinese music until I got a call on my mobile saying that everybody else was waiting out by the car.

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