Wednesday, April 7, 2010

ABC Wednesday: L is for Land Bank

If you follow our last "ABC Wednesday" blog, I did not have the chance to buy the 80mm 1.4 lens and we did not go to the new branch of National Taiwan Museum. We did both last weekend. The building was the old building of Japanese Kangyo Bank and Mitsui Bussan Company built in 1923. After the WWII, it has been used as the head office of Land Bank of Taiwan. Here are two of us in the original vault. It is our reflection from a mirror taken with the 85mm 1.4, a gift from Grace for my birthday.

There is the exhibition of the history of the Land Bank in the vault. The far away picture is the founders of the company when the bank was first opened. The map shows all the branches of the Land Bank in Taiwan. The red in the foreground is the original document of founding of the company with the signature of all the founders. Grace took the picture with the 20mm 2.8.

The main hall of the building now houses an exhibition of dinosaurs.

They look fierce, and it is a big attraction for the kids, young and old alike.

Here is the main Hall of the National Taiwan Museum. It was built in 1915 by Japanese.

Since it was Children's day in Taiwan last Sunday, there was a puppet show inside the main hall. All the kids were sitting on the ground waiting for the show.

The show started, it was about native aborigine people's legend of their origin.

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20 comments:

Carol said...

Happy Birthday! What a great gift Grace bought. I like the vault shot alot...and the ceiling shot is beautiful.

Paula Scott said...

McLinky still kaput, but I followed the comments to get you! What a wonderful life you two have! I love hearing about your weekly adventures. And what great photos. Are you doing any workshops again with Ken?

Ann said...

They let you photograph the bank? The don't worry you might stage a robbery? LOL

amatamari© said...

Oh, thanks for this wonderful post, very interesting ... I really like all the photos, especially the first, the third with the dinosaurs is very charming :-)
and the last truly fantastic!
Thanks for sharing!

Anders og Birgit said...

really enjoying your great photos!

Sylvia K said...

Happy Birthday!! And what a great gift, indeed! Such beautiful photos, as always. The ceiling shot is awesome! Always enjoy your posts and your travels! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Tumblewords: said...

An absolutely superb L post!

Sheila said...

The main hall is absolutely stunning!

http://graceolsson.com/blog said...

happy Birthday, dearest
Why dont u buy the len 70-300mm?
Have a nice day

graceolsson.com/blog

Serline said...

Oh, I Love your blog and pictures! Our family are going there in early July. I am doing some research now.

Glad you stopped by!

Reader Wil said...

The two of you are great photographers! What a colourful and beautiful museum is the Land Bank museum! Thanks for sharing and for your visit! Always nice to see you!

http://graceolsson.com/blog said...

dEAR

i HAVE BOUGHT A lens, macro, 70-300 but I felt so....so hard to w ork with it...because had not stabilizer...and I changed to another one...now, I am waiitng for one with stabilizer. cause i dont use it, all the time, tripod in my trips...

I use it different lenses, cause my 2 cameras 5D MARK II and 50d ARE TOTALLY DIFFERENTS....one use it EF-S and the another one EF..DC and DG
it is so much complicated.

Jay said...

What an amazing place! Love the dinosaurs!

On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

The mirror shot is priceless.

ρομπερτ said...

What a wonderful glimpse of your word you did provide. Thank you very much - wishing you all a nice Friday as well.

daily athens

RuneE said...

A nice use of a bank, but I wouldn't care to be locked up in that vault.

Ann said...

Do you watch the CBS Amazing race? Once there was a father daughter team, and when I read your site, I was thinking, that team could be you. Now I am watching here in NEw Zealand, a brother and sis Chinese team. I am routing them.

Re: Lock, this is a little lock, only big enough for 2 twenty or so foot boats. The lock separate the sea from a private lake. Only people living on the lake use this lock. I was visiting my bro who lives in a private man made island.

Roger Owen Green said...

love the reuse of an old building. great dino shots.
On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you!

peripheralperceptions said...

Lovely shots and the main hall looks stunning! What a great project to share this part of the world with everyone.

shu said...

Good to see both of you!

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