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Century-old building now home to Taiwan literature

2016/04/22 09:23:00

The National Museum of Taiwan Literature in Tainan is located in a former Japanese colonial government building that marks its centenary this year.

It is a landmark building that stands near a massive roundabout, where seven main streets meet, and is surrounded by several other historical buildings from the same period, such as Hayashi Department Store.

Hayashi Department Store.

The museum was formally opened to the public in November 2003, and has a collection of 150,000 books, manuscripts, photos, letters and artifacts of around 500 Taiwanese writers.

These include works of Ssu-ma Chung-yuan (司馬中原), an author known for telling ghost stories, late writer Sanmao (三毛), and manuscripts written by former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) when she was a political prisoner in the 1980s.

To help visitors navigate the museum, audio guides are offered in Mandarin, English, Japanese and Taiwanese, and a mobile app in Mandarin and English is available on Google's Android and Apple's iOS systems.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Kay Liu)