Sanyi Township 三義

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Sanyi Woodcarving town in Taiwan

 

 

Off National Highway 1 about one hour north of Taizhong City is the small town of Sanyi.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving town in Taiwan

 

Sanyi was known for its wood carving in the beginning of the 1900's. The Japanese cut many of the camphor trees in the Miaoli area and built a railroad system through Miaoli to move the lumber.

 

Sanyi Woodcarving town in Taiwan

 

Sanyi is a sleepy town today, but many visitors make a stop to shop for beautiful modern and traditional wood sculptures and to see a few remnants of the Japanese period. The town is also right next to Highway and easy to get to.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving town in Taiwan

 

 

The main road of San yi has many shops where visitors can browse. Some sell furniture, some sell wooden startues, and others are art galleries.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving town in Taiwan

 

 

Visitors can also find many lower priced items for the tourist market like the wooden baskets above.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving town in Taiwan

 

 

Pictured above are cut pieces of cedar which give off a nice wood smell.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving town in Taiwan

 

 

Picture above is a grandma holding a little baby. This particular artist has a series of family themed wood carvings and is quite famous.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving town in Taiwan

 

Many of the wood carvings are Chinese themed.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving town in Taiwan

 

 

Some woodcarvings are characters from Chinese history.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving town in Taiwan

 

Wooden chopsticks are everywhere.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving town in Taiwan

 

Wooden pens are sold a one shop.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving Museum

 

 

One place to visit in Sanyi is the wood carving museum. It's easy to find but you may need some help in get pointed in the right direction. It is located up the hill from the man road.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving Museum

 

The museum is filled with many wood carvings of different artists in the and it gives a glimpse of the history of Sanyi.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving Museum

 

Outside of the museum are elephants that were sculpted from old twisted trees.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving Museum

 

The elephants are quite unique to see.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving Museum

 

It seems that many visitors don't enter the museum. The full ticket price for adults in 150NT. No photos are allowed in the museum.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving Museum

 

Above, more wooden sculptures outside the museum.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving Museum

 

The area around the museum is lush and green. There is a small street selling snacks and souvenirs as well.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving Museum

 

There are maps around the area. Most of them, however, are in Chinese.

 

Sanyi Woodcarving Museum

 

Other works of art surround the area around the Woodcarving Museum.

 

sanyi arts and scultures

 

 

At a gallery on the main street, we found this series sculptures. The prices were not cheap but the statues were unique.

 

 

Sanyi Woodcarving Museum

 

Sanyi is a nice day trip. Click on the related links to see what you can do there.

 

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