On the 21st September 1999, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck central Taiwan, Nantou County resulting in over 1000 deaths. Many of these were school children who died when their school collapsed around them. The 921 Earthquake Museum preserves Guangfu Junior High School in its original state to enforce the memory of those lives lost. It features information about the national tragedy as well as the geological fault lines of through Taiwan, the human relationship with them and what to do when one happens. This is a truly one-of-a-kind experience that can one can spend anywhere from two to three hours to appreciate. Well worth checking out.
921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan
192 Xinsheng Road,Wufeng District, Taichung
Tel: +886 (04) 2339 0906
Open: 9:00am to 5:00pm Tues-Sun (Monday closed)
By Bus 50: Take bus number 50 from Taichung Train Station to its terminus (end) at the 921 Earthquake Museum in Wufeng District, Taichung. Bus 50 bus stop is is right in front of FM hotel, across from 7-11. Leave the train station and head east down Jian Guo road about 200m to reach it. Once you’re on the bus and you arrive at the terminal, walk 10 mins over a bridge to the entrance of the museum to buy tickets. Journey time is around 1.30 mins.
By Bus 201/107: You can also take a bus 201 from Taichung 3rd market on Taichung Road, about a 10 min walk from Taichung station. This takes you directly to Guangfu New Village from where you have to walk to the 921 Earthquake museum.