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Global Temple Conference

Site visits, excursions, activities and guest lectures 

Classes will be held in classrooms at NTU, and will typically meet four days a week (Monday through Thursday) for about two or more hours each morning, with many excursions held in the afternoons, on Friday's or on some weekends. The schedule is tentative and subject to change and will not be finalized until students arrive in Taiwan; therefore, you cannot plan independent travel until the program begins and you have the final schedule. Students will have most afternoons, evenings, and weekends free once the schedule is finalized.

National Taiwan University and the Temple program director will organize a variety of co-cirricular cultural activities, lectures and field-trips throughout Taipei and other areas of Taiwan, as well as an orientation, campus tour, welcome and farewell ceremonies and luncheons.

Each year, students from across Taiwan, and from across the world, participate in NTU's Summer+ Programs. Temple students will experience the local customs, the rich natural ecology and gain further insights into traditional and modern society by immersing themselves in Taiwanese culture through a range of NTU-organized activities and daily interactions with local students. NTU will organize a variety of extra-curricular activities for local and international students, and students will have the opportunity to participate in a "buddies" program organized by NTU's Office of International Affairs to introduce international students to local students. The "buddies" are well-trained NTU students and their job is to help the international students adjust to NTU and life in Taipei. 

The Global Good in Taiwan program will include a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular site visits, excursions, activities and guest lectures, organized by the Temple Program Director for Temple students, in addition to a range of NTU-organized activities where Temple students will join together with all NTU Summer+ Program participants. A tentative list of possible co-curricular and extra-curricular site visits, excursions, activities and guest lectures included in the program follows: 

  • Orientation
  • Campus Tour
  • Welcome and Farewell Meals/Banquets
  • Approximately six hours of practical/survival lectures in Chinese language course, taught by selected professional Chinese language teachers, and designed to enable students can learn some practical chinese vocabulary and phrases related to Chinese culture and society. 
  • Lecture on Taiwanese Folk Customs: This lecture looks into the folk beliefs and customs in Taiwan. By introducing the origin, deities, temple festivals and seasonal customs, this lecture shows how people in Taiwan throughout the centuries have coped with the coexistence of deities, humans and ghosts, and how they live with the nature in harmony.

Tentative Field Trips and Day Trips around Taiwan

Temple students will participate in a series of English-based lectures and field trips that allow you to explore specific environmental and sociocultural aspects of Taiwan. 

  • Field trip to Waishuangxi, Taipei to visit the National Palace Museum: 
    • Located in Waishuangxi, Taipei, the National Palace Museum has been renowned for its invaluable collections based on the former Qing imperial collection. Its presence in Taiwan is in itself a page of complicated recent history of China and has often been tied up with national identity debates on the island of Taiwan. This lecture introduces the history and development of the National Palace Museum, including the recent establishment of its Southern Branch in Jiayi. It looks at a selection of highlights in its painting collections and explores how the Museum’s collections have played and will continue to play an important role in understanding and constructing Chinese painting history. Informed by approaches of art history and museum studies, the lecture hopes to attract students to visit the National Palace Museum in person, both in Taipei and in Jiayi, and provoke thoughts and discussions of the challenges the Museum faces today.
  • Field trip to Tamsui:
    • Tamsui is a smaller city to the north of Taipei that was occupied by the Spanish and Dutch in the 17th century, and was the center of shipping and commerce in northern Taiwan in the 19th century. The city boasts many historical attractions, and is a popular location for viewing the sunset.
  • Field trip to Longshan Temple & Huaxi District:
    • Longshan Temple was built in 1738 by Chinese immigrants from the Funkein province and is now one of the oldest and most famous temples in Taiwan. The temple was originally a Buddhist temple, but now reflects a more diverse set of beliefs and honors Taoist deities like Mazu. During World War II, American bombers damaged the temple during the Raid of Taipei and the building had to undergo serious reconstruction. The temple is located in the Wanhua District and is well known for its unique art design and bronze dragons which protect the main hall.
  • One-Day Trip to Yilan:
    • National Center for Traditional Arts. The NCFTA is an intermediary organization of culture which shoulders the responsibility of heritage, innovation and sustainability. Moreover, it is also an active actor which connects traditional arts with life memories of people through cultural services and management, making traditional arts a manifestation of aesthetics in everyday life.
    • Cong Bao-bao Farm. Scallion Pancake is one of the most common snacks in Taiwan. The delicious crispy pancake with special Sanxing green onions have a strong aroma compare to other green onions. At Cong Bao-bao Farm, we will experience picking and making Yilan Sanxing scallion pancakes.
    • Kavalan Whisky Distillery. The climate in Yilan provides a perfect environment for brewing wine. Taiwan's premier whisky distillery—Kavalan Whisky, owned by King Car Group and named after the indigenous group that inhabited the region. After walking through the distillery and learning about the whisky-making process, visitors get to taste the best Whisky in Taiwan.

Enrichment activities are tentative and subject to change. After the program is confirmed and prior to departure, accepted students will received details about scheduled activities and excursions.