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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, November 2002. VOL.2 ISSUE 11

Kuo Yuan Ye Cake and Pastry Museum
546, WenLin Road
(02) 2832-1988
Hours: Only open with prior reservations
Admission: NT$60

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       Kuo Yuan Ye Pastry Shop has a history of over 130 years, with its roots in the Shih Lin area. Now it has opened Taipei' s first pastry museum with 200 pings of pastry-filled activities such as tours, pastry classes and exhibits about the history of pastries and the customs surrounding each dessert. Take a nostalgic trip through the past 100 years of Taiwan that surrounds the culture of pastries. Although pastries are the theme here, these exhibits provide an education about Chinese history, culture and etiquette around holidays and celebrations. There is a display on the history of the full-month oil rice that is eaten when a baby is one month old. Learn why Chinese wish the elderly longevity and celebrate with longevity peach buns. Follow the history of red turtle "mochi". Even birthday cakes have a story behind them, as do funeral pastry towers. Learn about the history of marriage celebration cookies and the customs surrounding marriage ceremonies. The museum shows the strong links between food and myriad Chinese holidays, such as mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and soup flour balls during the Dragon Boat Festival. --By Selena Huang

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