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Permanent Exhibition

Through the Annals of Time: A Brief History of Chiayi
Through the Annals of Time: A Brief History of Chiayi
Extension:Permanent Exhibition
Showroom: S302
Exhibition Description


Exhibition Description


  • Introduction

    Permanent Exhibition / S302

    Through the Annals of Time: A Brief History of Chiayi

    Chiayi, which was formerly called Zhuluo, situated on the northern part of the Chianan Plain where the Tropic of Cancer passing through this area. The various natural landscapes and rich historical background create the vivid and multi-cultural charms of this area.

    There are several rivers winding through this area toward the sea and form a large alluvial delta, this plain have been built up gradually over time. The winding rivers and the estuary, fertile plains, the hills, and the mountains feature a geographically diverse environment that has nurtured peoples from different places and foster civilization.

    Since prehistoric times, the changing coastline formed an area protected from prevailing winds which became a new port settlements . In the Age of Sail, European sailors and traders as well as new immigrants from mainland China, Southeast Asia all influence over the area, resulting in a constant flux of exchange among the aboriginal and new comers by the seas and on the plains as well as in the mountains. After the twentieth century, Chiayi constantly kept up with the times, modernizing along the way to exhibit even further dynamism in religious beliefs, culture, arts and crafts, industry, and even sports. The National Palace Museum is exhibiting a combination of historical documents, precious artifacts, and new media interactive displays to narrate these vivid and interesting stories of Chiayi.

    Using new media technology for video production, the history of Chiayi is being presented chronologically in three sections: “The Break of Dawn: Geography,” “The Rise of Urbanity: Development,” “The Human Touch: Culture.” Together, they narrate the history of Chiayi from prehistoric to modern times, including its geographic and cultural aspects. Visitors can delve into the rich and diverse aspects of Chiayi through this exclusive theme display and the interactive new media chronology display.

  • Part 1

    Through the Course of History: From Zhuluo to Chiayi

  • Complete Map of Coastal Provinces and Ports

  • Complete Map of Coastal Provinces and Ports
    Drawn by Chen Mei(1694-1745),Qing dynasty Handscroll, Ink and color on silk

    This map, in the form of a long handscroll, depicts all the coastal areas including Qiongzhou, Penghu, Taiwan, and eastern Taiwan. At the end of the scroll on the left is a small signature in regular script that reads, “Respectfully submitted by Your Sernvant, Chen Mei.” The map of Taiwan is oriented east at the top and west on the bottom. while the map of eastern Taiwan is oriented west at the top and east on the bottom. There is no textual description accompanying them. In the map of Taiwan, Chiayi county is clearly illustrated, while the map of eastern Taiwan does not include Kavalan District, indicating that the date of making the map is no later than 1812 (Jiaqing 17). The whole map has a bright tone. It gives people a basic understanding of Taiwan's natural environment, human habitation, and administrative establishment around the 19th century.

  • Part 2

    Portraying Zhuluo:the Changes of Chiayi on the Maps

  • Part 3

    Faces Over Time:The Images of Chiayi Inhabitants in Texts

  • The Portrait of Periodical Offering

  • The Portrait of Periodical Offering
    Xie Sui
    Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing Dynasty
    Color on paper

    The Portrait of Periodical Offering is a series of custom illustrations depicting China's remote tribes and protectorates. The Portrait of Periodical Offering in the National Palace Museum collection was painted by Xie Sui during the Qianlong reign. The first scroll contains 70 illustrations depicting people from the West, China's outer protectorates, and tribute states. The second scroll contains 61 illustrations depicting remote tribes in the Northeast, Fujian, Hunan, Guangdong, and Guangxi. The third scroll contains 92 illustrations depicting remote tribes in Gansu and Sichuan. The fourth scroll contains 78 illustrations depicting remote tribes in Yunnan and Guizhou. All the scrolls contain 301 illustrations. They were produced based on the sketches presented by various provincial officials. They were painted according to different geological locations with some additions. Captions in Chinese and Manchu are included.
    Thirteen of Taiwan’s aboriginal tribes are in volume two, including Zhuluoshe, Xiaolongshe, and Alishanshe of the Zhuluo area. The illustration are painted in vivid colors. The figures are not very accurately represented, but their clothing and utensils are depicted in detail.

  • Qinding Daqing Huidiantu

  • Qinding Daqing Huidiantu
    Compiled on Imperial decree by Toujin
    The Wuying Hall Imprint, Jiaqing 18 (1813)

    Huidian is a book of regulations and policies compiled based on administrative divisions and responsibilities of officials. The Ming Dynasty started the compilation of huidian. Since Kangxi 23 (1684), Qing dynasty continued the compilation of huidian according to Ming Dynasty’s structure. During Yongzheng, Qianlong, Jiaqing, and Guangxu periods it was expanded for 5 times. Later huidianzeli and huidiantu were added. Daqing Huidian of the Jiaqing period started to include various drawings and administrative maps. Daqing Huidiantu also includes 2 maps of Taiwan Prefecture.

  • Part 4

    Dust Sealing Off the Past:The Story of Chiayi in Archives

  • Luzhou Chuji (Essays of Luzhou)

  • Luzhou Chuji (Essays of Luzhou)
    Written by Lan Dingyuan
    Manuscript copy from the Siku Quanshu (Wenyuange edition), Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing Dynasty

    This is an anthology of various forms of works written by a Qing Dynasty literati Lan Dingyuan (1680-1733). It contains descriptions of Taiwan’s customs and cultures.