Attraction Shisanhang Museum of Archaeology Published on: 18-11-2015
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Why Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology is special ?
Located near the mouth of the Tamsui River in Bali District, the Shisanhang archaeological site dates back some 500 to 1800 years to Taiwan's prehistoric time. The ancient dwellers are believed to be the ancestors of the Ketegalan people of the Pingpu aboriginal tribe. The evidence gathered from the ruins indicates that the Shisanhang dwellers had the know-how of metal making. The discovered silver, copperware, gold jewelry, and coins indicate that trade and economic activities had taken place back then.
In 1998, the Shisanhang Museum was erected at the archaeological site, showcasing the prehistoric relics to visitors. The Bridge of Time allows visitors to travel through time into Shisanhang's culture.
What to explore at Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology?
The most popular parts of the museum are the “Whale Dune Observation Platform” and the angular “Archaeology Octagon Tower”. The platform symbolizes the dune where the Shihsanhang aborigines used to live. Visitors can walk up the stairs outside the museum to enjoy the beautiful sunset and great scenery of Tamsui River. As for the octagonal tower, it represents the destruction of historical remains and the impossibility of ever restoring the past.
Main Hall: This hall features a lecture hall, learning rooms, an interactive games station, and special exhibit areas on the first floor. On the second floor is an octagonal theater, an exhibition of the Shihsanhang site, and cultural area. On the third floor visitors gain access to the outdoor whaleback sand dune platform, and on the fourth floor you can walk across a “time bridge.”
Shihsanhang Site Preservation Area: Here you can see the archeological site and its current and past geology.
Sunlight Plaza: Located north of the museum’s main building this area features a bicycle path, a walkway, an aboriginal pavilion, and a camping area
How to get to Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology?
Tamsui MRT Station: Tamsui MRT Station – Ferry - Shuttle Bus (Red No.13, Left Bank Park Stop) - Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology (Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology Stop) (approx. 40 minutes)
Tamsui MRT Station: Tamsui MRT Station – Ferry – Bicycle (approx 4km) - Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology (approx. 60 minutes)
Guandu MRT Station: Guandu MRT Station – Shuttle Bus (Red No 13, Guandu MRT Station Stop) - Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology (approx. 25 minutes)
By Car: Guandu Bridge – No. 15 Provincial Highway (heading towards Bali) – Junghua Road – Wenchang Road – Museum Rd. - Shihsanhang Museum of Archaeology (approx. 20 minutes)
Shisanhang Museum of Archaeology
Tips for you
November-March 1. Monday-Sunday,9:30AM-5:00PM 2. National Holidays,9:30AM-5:00PM April-October 1. Monday-Friday, 9:30AM-6:00PM 2. Saturday-Sunday, 9:30AM-7:00PM 3. National Holidays, 9:30AM-6:00PM Closed: 1. First Monday of every month (if a national holiday falls on the first monday of the month, the museum will be open according to holiday hours and closed the next day) 2. Chinese New Year's Eve and New Year’s Day 3. Necessary closures, as announced by the museumTimming
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