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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
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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

Reviewed 17 December 2016
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Singapore
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A small museum with a very local focus. It's hard to appreciate the exhibits and indeed the history of the museum building itself without some context, and it took me a while to figure that out from reading the display.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum had very little English information. However one of the volunteers had studied in our home town and showed us around some of the exhibits. Without him we would not have spent much time there at all

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 

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Norrkoping, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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.

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Tainan, Taiwan
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73 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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.

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Kobe, Japan
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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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Thank Chuck K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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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.

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