The southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung might just host one of the art world’s newest wonders: the brand-new £260m Weiwuying or National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. The world’s largest performing art centre, it opened its doors on October 13, 2018.
Designed to resemble the sweeping canopy of local banyan trees, the Weiwuying features four indoor performance venues and promises to increase the opportunities for culture in Taiwan. Inside there’s an opera house, a theatre hall, a recital hall and a playhouse. There’s also an outdoor theatre, built into the roof where the roof gently dips into the ground. The Weiwuying’s grounds are open to the public, so you’ll see dance classes going on, young people hanging out, and seniors relaxing in its cavernous, open ground floor.
The new Weiwuying arts centre in Kaohsiung, Taiwan © Romix Image/Shutterstock
As impressive as the Weiwuying is, it’s just one of the latest in a series of impressive art centres and museums that have opened in recent years in southern Taiwan. These places are mainly in the cities of Kaohsiung and Tainan (25 miles apart, 30-60 minutes by regular train; 12 minutes by high-speed rail).
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