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Why Yingge Ceramics Museum is special ?
The Yingge Ceramics Museum is the first professional pottery museum in Taiwan. First planned by Magistrate Yu Ching, the museum was finally completed after 12 years of construction with efforts of 3 magistrates. The museum opened on November 26, 2000. The museum is made up with modern constructing materials and transparent glass, presenting a limitless sense of space and the beauty of simplicity. The special structure also enhances the exhibition. The Yingge Ceramics Museum presents 200 years of ceramic techniques and folk culture in Taiwan. At the same time, the museum also has educational function with its modern technology, making it an ideal place for families to visit at leisure. This museum is not for Yingge citizens alone; it also shows how the Taiwanese have endeavored to achieve what we are today. It is a historic and cultural emblem; moreover, it is also place for the peace of mind.
What to explore at Yingge Ceramics Museum?
Traditional Ceramics Hall presents traditional ceramic techniques and tools. On the 2nd floor, pottery history and features are exhibited and Taiwanese pottery works are introduced. Features and functions of the works are presented, showing how pottery interacts with life. Children Experiencing Room is an experimental pottery area is designed for children aged from 4 to 8. The children can experience and play freely with the clay in this area. In addition, there is a pottery workshop for ceramic artists and experts to exchange experiences and thoughts. Ceramic works are widely used in today’s world, from artificial teeth, computers, telephones, cell phones, to cylinders. Here in the Future World, you can see how pottery develops into elements and materials for modern technology and how it will be utilized in the future.
To get more out of the experience, audio guides in Chinese, English, and Japanese are available for a small fee, while groups of between twenty and eighty can reserve a guided tour with one of the official docents at the museum. For a deeper understanding of the art of ceramics, the museum has a full educational program, including daily workshops for both adults and children and, for the serious student or researcher, a large library, an auditorium with occasional seminars, and a well-equipped ceramics studio where workshops are offered
How to get to Yingge Ceramics Museum?
Take the electric train and depart at the Yingge Station.
Exit at Wunhua Road and turn rigjt, you will find yourself in the old commercial street. Walk along Wunhua Road for about six minutes and you’ll come across a drainage crossing under the railroad. Turn right under the crossing and in three minutes you will reach the Old Ceramics Street (Jianshanpu Road). Turn left here and walk along Wunhua for three minutes and you will arrive at the Museum.
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Elegant ceramic artworks and well designed museum experience, don't miss the ceramic park at the back of the main building :)
“Interesting Taiwanese Ceramics History in Nice Park” Yingge is quick trip on the train from Taipei. The walk to the museum from the train station is somewhat obnoxious – as no sidewalk is provided for about half the walk. You are on your own for crossing the roads, as no pedestrian crossing lights are installed. So be careful trying to dart through the busy, fast moving traffic. The museum is spacious, spanning 3 floors of displays. There are English placards and signage throughout. There were no English brochures containing the museum layout. However, there was a free English audio guide with map available at the information desk inside the museum. Video displays seem to be in Chinese only. The general topics covered are an introduction to ceramics, history of ceramics in Taiwan, and the future of ceramics. The general introduction to ceramics was a little light – not going into enough detail about the differences between the various materials and processes that go into making the diversity of products, differing quality levels, etc. I did not see material covering what makes fine quality ceramics, what are the desirable characteristics that differentiate fine quality from poor quality, what process/materials result in these desirable characteristics, etc. – this would have made a very interesting and informative section. The history section was very interesting, weaving the history of ceramics production in with the history of the island. It related how ceramics development and production changed peoples’ lives, as ceramics transformed over time from luxury items to commonplace items. The displays revealed both a cultural history and a technological history as you learned what items were made from ceramics and how they were used. I especially enjoyed learning how they used ceramics to keep ants out of the food cupboards. A few other examples from the displays are ceramic pillows, ceramic containers to refine hair grooming oils, betelnut dish, religious items, roof tiles, and pipes. Don’t miss the tiny teapots with the even tinier inscriptions engraved on them – so tiny that you look through a magnifying glass to read them. The future section contained displays about ceramics’ role in high tech electronics, solar cell applications, anti-pollution technologies, aerospace, etc. One notable display was the world’s largest grinding wheel. The third floor contained ceramic modern art. The basement offers a children’s hands-on area. There are two gift shops – on inside the museum, and one outside in back of the museum. The museum has A/C but it was kept quite warm while we were there. Leaving the back entrance to the museum wide open contributed to the poor temperature control. That combined with the heat outside left people parched and looking for sustenance. There is a restaurant in the basement which was notable in its complete lack of service. The restaurant was about 25% filled, and offered a very limited, quick food type menu. We seated ourselves and waited 15 minutes for a waiter. We waited another 5-10 for the waiter to come back to take our order. The waiter then proceeds to advise us that the “kitchen is behind” and it would take 1 or more hours to get any food. I asked if we could just order a cold beverage then, and the waiter said that beverages could be served quickly. We waited another 30 minutes and the waiter comes back and tells us that it will now take another “one or more hours” to get our beverages. At this point a man at the next table chimes in and says that he has been waiting 1.5 hours for his order, and another man from another table stood up and said he had been here longer than any of us and he didn’t even have a glass of water yet. He pitifully begged for help getting food. We ended up walking out. There is a “ceramics” park behind the museum. This looks to be a relatively new creation. It is a large open space park with a children’s play area (nice bricks of course - and the kids were enjoying building with them despite the extreme heat), shallow water play wading pool to cool off in, kiln models scattered around, a working kiln in use by local artisans, and an amphitheater. As the landscaping matures, this should prove to be a lovely oasis. Overall, a very worthwhile day trip from Taipei. After spending the morning in the museum, you can stroll up to “old street” (Jianshanpu Road), a tourist oriented retail street with nothing “old” about it, and spend the afternoon shopping the broad price spectrum of various ceramics, wood carvings, geodes and other items. Bargaining is expected, as you will not be quoted the actual or lowest price. Be sure to look for a couple of nice surprises - such as the 30 meter long actual old tunnel kiln that serves as an entrance to one of the shops and a 15 meter deep old well incorporated into the floor plan of another shop.
I LOVE THIS PLACE! Personally, I'm a big fan of making stuff and creating things. So one of my biggest interest is making pottery! I alway wanted to come visit here and thanks to my boyfriend, he's only day off and took me to this pottery making museum. It is free entrance with only under $NT50 for pottery experience class. I made a bowl and a frog ceramic today. It is a very nice experience because the performers and the teachers are really fun to talk to. They are super nice teaching us in detail of how to make a pottery. The experience was so worth it and everything in the museum is interesting, a lot of the home made works are amusing and I believe this place should be a paid entrance! I would totally think its worth it even it is with an entrance fee! If you like pottery and want to seek for a real authentic culture experience, this is the perfect choice!