On the 21st of September 1999, Taiwan experienced the worst shake ever with a huge earthquake that measured a staggering 7.3 in the Richter scale. It was 1.47 am and the nation was unprepared. They faced a blow much harder than ever before; a blow that left Taiwan facing much devastation. Lives were lost and the city went through much destruction, but out of this tragic and horrifying incident a quaint museum arose. A museum that was created to remember the souls lost; a museum that preserves the damage created and a museum that educates and prepares the next generation on how to deal with such natural disasters.
The 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan is actually a collection that showcases the damage that the earthquake created. Visitors will be awed and even humbled by the powerful force of nature that is showcased here. There are several halls that make up the site; these include the Chelungpu Fault Gallery, the Image Gallery, the Earthquake Engineering Hall, the Disaster Prevention Hall, and the Reconstruction Records Hall. The site boasts exquisite architecture in addition to its several exhibits that bring to life a world of natural science and historical records.
The entire structure is well designed and the Chelongpu fault line actually connects all the 5 separate halls. Each hall is designed to inform and educate its audience about the depth and the power of the earthquake, but in addition to its seriousness there are interactive games for children as well as a fun and a very real earthquake movie that gives you 40 seconds of an authentic earthquake experience. Apart from everything it teaches you about the earthquake, the site aims to educate its audience about natural disasters in general and what we can do to protect ourselves in such an event.
After an informative day at the museum, come home to the Millennium Vee Hotel Taichung which offers truly luxurious accommodation. This Taichung hotel makes an ideal rest for business and leisure travellers alike and offers a range of contemporary comforts. It is one of the leading hotels in Taichung and is also a convenient base from which to explore the city.