National Center for Traditional Arts
Getting familiar with traditional culture
The National Center for Traditional Arts (NCFTA) covers an area of 24 hectares,facing Dongshan River Water Park across Dongshan River, overlooking a vast landscape. Besides the marvelous scenery, the NCFTA also functions as a museum for cultural exhibitions as well as a recreation park. A variety of exhibitions are hosted here throughout the year. One of the largest golden eagle sculptures in the country has been displayed at one of its museums. Moreover, some grand shows use the entire park as a performance stage.
Folk Art Boulevard is the most popular tourist spot. On the side of the boulevard are authentic buildings designed to match those of Tamsui Old Street, Toucheng Old Street, and many other households built on renowned old streets in the country. There are more than 30 stores down the street- some offers DIY courses for visitors to participate in, while others sell aboriginal handcrafts, glove puppets, gyros, and traditional sweets.
Street performance can also be seen along the way. How daily life used to be like for the previous generation is presented in front of the visitors, for example, old- time foods stands and clay puppet stands. They contrast with some of the modern handcraft, such as mosaic tile crafts, creating an interesting yet harmonic combination.
On Folk Art Boulevard
Traditional Candy : Cane sugar turns white and looks like dough when it is boiled at a very high temperature. The candy master then pulls it with sticks, making a long strip of cane sugar that resembles a white thin cloth. Visitors watch and cry out in excitement as the strip gets longer and longer, almost touching the ground. However, this is more than just a show. Through this pulling back and forth, the hot boiled sugar cover the air within, so as to create a crunchy texture.