【Cultural Visit - Taichung & Changhua】Semiconductor Talent Incubation Program Taiwan Students' Visits to the CHIO-TIAN Folk Drums & Art Troupe

12 April 2024

Students participating in the Semiconductor Talent Incubation Program Taiwan (STIPT) recently embarked on an enriching cultural journey, immersing themselves in the vibrant tapestry of Taiwan's diverse traditions and arts.

Led by NTU OIA, thirty students from Saxony, Germany, ventured beyond Taipei to explore Formosa's multifaceted beauty. Their expedition began in Taichung, delving into Taiwan's rich temple culture at the CHIO-TIAN Folk Drums & Art Troupe, a Ministry of Education-recommended Youth Travel Spot. They engaged in various traditional activities such as writing prayers, Guan-Jiang face painting, and deity puppet dance. They even learned a war drum song from scratch, culminating in a splendid performance before the temple. Afterward, the students proceeded to the National Taichung Theater, where they witnessed how modern performing arts in Taiwan intertwine with life and how theaters inject imaginative space into reality.

Continuing their adventure in Changhua, the students explored the historic charms of Lukang Old Street, meandering through attractions like Longshan Temple, Jiuqu Lane, Half-Side Well, and Mazu Temple. Amidst the allure of these ancient sites, they savored traditional snacks and delicacies, enriching their cultural experience. Their journey culminated at Baguashan, where they marveled at the Great Buddha Statue and explored the 18 Layers of Hell depicted in Nantien Temple, unraveling the intricacies of Taiwanese beliefs.

Through this enriching journey, students of STIPT not only advanced their knowledge at the forefront of semiconductor research and development but also delved into the vibrant tapestry of Taiwan’s diverse cultures and arts, gaining profound inspiration that will resonate beyond their academic pursuits.

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