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Introduction, National Palace Museum
When the construction of the Museum in Waishuangxi, Taipei, was completed in August 1965, President Chiang Kai-shek inscribed the name of the museum as "Chung-shan Po-wu-yuan" on a tablet above the door in honor of the nation's founding father, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. The Museum was officially inaugurated on November 12 of that year.
Details, National Palace Museum
Built in the architectural style of a Chinese palace, the Museum has four stories ornamented with corbels and colorful green tiled-roofs with yellow ridges. In 1967 and 1969, the Museum underwent two expansions, and in 1985 a major renovation of the galleries took place. The refurbishment began in July 2004 and concluded in December 2007.The first three floors in the Exhibition Hall are used exclusively for presentations of artifacts, while the fourth floor houses the Sanxitang Teahouse.
The construction of the Zhishan Garden, which lies to the left of the Museum, began in 1984. A fine example of traditional Chinese landscaping, the garden's picturesque pavilions and terraces, small bridges, ponds and winding paths offer a relaxing atmosphere. The beams and pillars of the pavilions are carved with couplets in elegant calligraphy that uplift the spirit.