Yunlin Hand Puppetry Museum

We’re in Huwei, Yunlin County today, the heartland of glove puppetry in Taiwan.
To get to Huwei, you can take the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle from Douliu train station in Yunlin. You can buy a day pass on the bus for NT$150.
Huwei’s sugar industry was the driving force behind the development of this town, which grew very quickly during the Japanese occupation, so the buildings here are especially interesting.
The three most famous buildings in this town are from the colonial days. This was the magistrate’s old residence, but now, kids and adults come here for story time.
This is the magistrate’s old office, now a hand puppet museum. In the Ming Dynasty, hundreds of years ago, a man named Liang Binglin tried and tried but kept failing the county imperial exam. He was quite upset and started playing with string puppets. But one day he thought, “These strings make puppeteering so difficult!” and then went on to invent Chinese glove puppetry.
Chinese glove puppetry in Taiwan survived the Cultural Revolution in China and really flourished, especially around here. It was a form of entertainment that kids and even teachers sometimes skipped class to watch.
This was once a police and fire station. Look, the fireman’s pole’s still there. It’s now a bookstore and cafe where you can get something to read, something to drink and just take a break.
Someone asked me which of the three buildings is most interesting, and I think they all are interesting in their own ways and are a part of a whole story. Each served a different function so each has its own special charms. You have to see them all. You should come!
 
虎尾小旅行 雲林布袋戲館

今天我們來到雲林虎尾,台灣布袋戲重鎮。
想要到虎尾,大家可以從雲林的斗六火車站上車,然後買票,一日券150元。
虎尾糖廠曾經是帶動虎尾發展的主因之一,尤其在日治時代,發展的非常快,所以這邊的建築都很有故事喔∼
這堣T棟最有名的建築物都是日治時代興建的。這奡蕈g是首長官邸,現是從小朋友到大人都喜歡的故事屋。
這堨H前是虎尾郡役所,如今轉型為虎尾布袋戲館。明朝有一位叫做梁炳麟的人,多次考秀才落榜,最後一次落榜後,他心情不好,玩起了傀儡,但他覺得因為傀儡要用線操作,複雜又困難,所以後來發明了掌中偶,布袋戲。
布袋戲在台灣躲過了中國文革,因此倖存,甚至在這媯o揚光大,布袋戲曾經是一種主流娛樂,學生和老師以前有時候還為了布袋戲而翹課。
這奡蕈g是警察局和消防局,你看,消防滑竿還在。現在這邊變成書店和咖啡店,大家可以來這裡看書,喝個東西,休息一下。
有人問我,這三棟哪一棟最有看頭,我覺得每一個都有它獨特和有趣的地方,三個拼起來才是一完整的故事。它們當年都有自己的功能,所以也有自己的特色和魅力,一個都不能漏看。大家要來喔!