A beam-laying ceremony was held on June 5 for the southern branch of the National Palace Museum, which is currently under construction. Vice President Wu Den-yih and local officials attended the ceremony, offering incense and praying for the construction project to go smoothly. The words “Golden cup of eternal stability; the jade candle holder burns forever” were inscribed on the primary steel beam. The inscription refers to the nation being protected throughout the ages and overall hopes for favorable conditions. The branch is set to have its soft opening at the end of December next year, says museum director Fung Ming-chu.
The branch project, located in Chiayi County’s Taibao City, was originally set when the Democratic Progressive Party government was still in power. The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) has continued pushing the project forward and despite the occasional setback construction began on Feb. 6 last year. The total budget for construction is NT$7.9 billion (US$263 million).
Wu, Executive Yuan Deputy Secretary-General Hsiao Chia-chi, Chiayi County Commissioner Helen Chang, Chiayi City Mayor Huang Min-hui, construction company officials and local personalities were all in attendance at the ceremony.
Photo: Wu Shih-tsung, Liberty Times
After the attendees offered incense during prayers for good fortune, fastened bolts ceremoniously and gave their autographs, the primary beam was lifted up as firecrackers went off around it and was safely placed on the main structure, all without a hitch.
Fung says that she envisions the branch becoming an internationally renowned museum for Asian art and culture — a bright shining star alongside the main Taipei branch helping to promote cultural tourism in Taiwan.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)
Photo: Wu Shih-tsung, Liberty Times
1. favorable adj. 有利的；順利的；適合的 (you3 li4 de5; shun4 li4 de5; shi4 he2 de5)
例: The captain says conditions aren’t favorable for sailing today.
2. setback n. 波折；挫折 (bo1 zhe2; cuo4 zhe2)
例: The loss was a major setback in her career.
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例: Be sure to securely fasten the lid so it doesn’t leak.
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