RTI Radio Taiwan InternationalRTI Radio Taiwan InternationalTaiwan's Traditional Home and Temple Decor

  • 13 February, 2021

Pass by any temple or old home in Taiwan and you’ll be struck by the rich decorations that adorn the walls and the rooftops. On some of the more modest buildings, it’s the little details that catch the eye, things like intricately painted tiles used to accent a surface. And then there are the flashy carved stone facades of old townhouses or the soaring dragons and depiction of great legends of temples. All of Taiwan’s historic architectural styles have flourishes like these, and a new exhibit at Taipei’s Museum 207 is now here to celebrate them. It also highlights the threat of demolition that faces many of Taiwan’s beautifully decorated buildings and calls on us to tell the government to preserve them. With me today to walk us through the exhibit is its organizer, Wang Chen-yi.