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Kaohsiung Museums of History

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Address: No.272 Zhongzheng Si Road, Yangcheng District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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+886 7 531 2560
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 21:00

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Former Formosa

This is a fantastic museum about Taiwan's past in general, and aspects specific to the city of Kaohsiung in particular, i.e. the so-called 228 incident in1947, which resulted in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 December 2016
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

This is a fantastic museum about Taiwan's past in general, and aspects specific to the city of Kaohsiung in particular, i.e. the so-called 228 incident in1947, which resulted in the armed suppression of unarmed, protesting citizens, with majority of casualties & deaths took place at the museum site, the former city hall. As Taiwan (or Formosa as it was once... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

While I have heard of Taiwan 228 incident before, this is the place where many related official records and artefacts were found. The building is not grand but well built, just strong enough to hold all the hatred accumulated over the decades, generated from the conflicts between Nationalists and local Chinese settlers. There were also videos and documents about Japanese... More 

1 Thank Jen L
Norrkoping, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

The exhibits looked nice and I'm sure they are interesting but everything was in Chinese so I left after five minutes. It was free of charge though so If you can read Chinese then I think you should go and visit the place.

1 Thank Projectionist76
Tainan, Taiwan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

I can't read Chinese, and whilst there are lots of pictures/exhibits, there is very little English at all. I spent about 15 minutes walking round but didn't learn anything.

1 Thank Chapeltom
Kobe, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

After admiring the vintage building itself, there were only two exhibits that absorbed my time. The 228 Massacre made a strong impression as Taiwan comes to terms with the little known military suppression of democracy after WWII. The personal accounts of the survivors and their families was particularly gripping if not wrenching. The second area was the history of a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

Location: Beside the famous Love River (Ai He). Walk through the park if you are coming by MRT, it will take about 15-20 minutes walk. Building: It has a very distinctive Japanese colonial facade. Inside the building, you will be greeted by a majestic stairway leading up to its main exhibit, i.e. 228 incident. There are three storeys in the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

Sometimes the local museums teach you the most. This was a sometime experience. It's free and I learned about the Aboriginal peoples of Taiwan and especially about the "228 Incident", which is an incredible story and fascinates me.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

It's free and it's by a lovely river. I didn't think there were enough English translations, but there is enough to get by. And to add on from another review- I also didn't know about the 228 incident. The museum does have a fair bit of information about it and a great little figurine film and model.

1 Thank Trevor_the_backpack
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015

I had never heard about the 228 incident in Taiwan's history until I visited this museum with a friend. Very profound and worth a quick visit. It is free.

Thank J V
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

The museum is clearly worth visiting, it offers a glimpse of local history and indigenous cultures. The 1st floor was devoted to the fight of aboriginal Taiwanese cultures for recognition. The 2nd floor was very much focused on the 228 incident, and had a small but interesting gallery of old photos. The building itself is an interesting example of last... More 

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