Southern Branch of National Palace Museum is near HSR Chai-yi Station, requiring only 10 minutes of drive.
You can effortlessly get there by riding a bicycle from the HSR. Prior to it's establishment, the land was initially a sugarcane field owned by Taisugar. Sugarcanes used to be the most significant cash crop in Taiwan during the early days.
You can still see large fields of sugarcane on your way to the museum. After coming from HSR Chai-yi Station, go to HSR Blvd and then go to Gu-gong Blvd.
Shortly after you get on Gu-gong Blvd, you'll notice a large black building on the right side behind some woods. That's the Southern Branch of National Palace Museum.
Driving toward it, you'll see the entrance to the south parking lot. You can opt to enter the north parking lot to your right side as well.
The museum park is quite large, occupying more than 70 hectares though the actual building only takes up 3.6 hectares, which is much smaller than the 6 hectares it was initially planned for.
The building architecture takes inspiration from the Chinese Brush Paintings.
The remaining 60 some hectares are designated as a parking area, landscape area and artificial lake. You can feel how spacious the entire park is by walking to the museum from either the north or south parking lot.
They provide shuttle bus services to the museum at the entrance, but we recommend that you take the 15-to-20-minute walk to fully indulge in the scenic view of the artificial lake, and installations.
The NPM (National Palace Museum), Taipei is one of the largest museums in the world and ranked as one of the top museums alongside British Museum, London and Louvre, Paris.
The Southern Branch of NPM is positioned as a museum of Asian culture and arts.
It's somewhat akin to the Musee Louvre Lens, France. Local cultural characteristics, such as the evolution of Chai-yi, Tea Culture and Porcelain, are showcased here during the grand opening exhibition.
Despite the museum's large space compared to the NPM, Taipei, there are only 8 exhibit rooms.