National Museum of Taiwan Literature

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National Museum of Taiwan Literature
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Museum Front
Established October 17, 2003
Location West Central, Tainan, Taiwan
Type Public art museum
Visitors 150,000 (2007)
Director Weng Chih-tsung[1]
Curator Lee Ruiteng (李瑞騰)
Website (English)

The National Museum of Taiwan Literature (NMTL; Chinese: 國立臺灣文學館; pinyin: Guólì Táiwān Wénxuéguǎn) is a museum located in Tainan, Taiwan. It opened in 2003. The museum researches, catalogs, preserves, and exhibits literary artifacts. As part of its multilingual, multi-ethnic focus, it holds a large collection of local works in Taiwanese, Japanese, Mandarin and Classical Chinese.

It was planned as a national-level organization to fill in a long-perceived gap in how the Republic of China's institutions had handled Taiwanese literature as a field of academic inquiry and popular discourse. The Council for Cultural Affairs under the Executive Yuan set up the initial planning office.

Tainan was chosen for its historical significance as a cultural center. The museum is housed in the former Tainan City Hall, itself a national historical monument.


The museum was a government building of the former Tainan Prefecture during Japanese rule.

The building was constructed in 1916 during the Japanese rule of Taiwan which served as the government building of Tainan Prefecture.[2]


The museum is accessible within walking distance South West from Tainan Station of the Taiwan Railway Administration.

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Coordinates: 22°59′31″N 120°12′17″E / 22.9920°N 120.2046°E / 22.9920; 120.2046