Located between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea, Taiwan has been shaped by its relation with the ocean, though today its focus is turned toward the land.
With its rich collection of marine artifacts, the newly inaugurated Evergreen Maritime Museum aims to revive this ancient link by educating the people of Taiwan about the sea and ships. Taiwan Journal reporter Eric Chao recounts a visit to the museum.
Being an island, the sea was always important to the people of Taiwan, and still is. The nation's largest marine museum, which opened its doors Oct. 7, 2008 in Taipei, celebrates this relationship.
The Evergreen Maritime Museum is the brainchild of tycoon Chang Yung-fa, chairman and founder of the Taipei-based Evergreen Group, one of the largest container shipping companies in the world, and owner of Eva Air, the second major airline in Taiwan.
The inauguration of the museum coincided with the 40th anniversary of the company.