House of Fame @ JiuFen

August 30, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Posted in itchy backside | Leave a comment
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At the ghost mask museum at JiuFen, Taiwan, not only you were able to see hideous looking masks as well as hilarious looking ones, there were also a few masks of famous people there. But, to be displayed in a museum with a name like ‘ghost masks’ ( 泥人吴鬼脸馆), does that mean that these famous people were also regarded as ‘ghosts’ by the creators? :p “Ghost” or in Chinese has many layers of meanings. Besides the literal meaning of ‘ghosts’ or ‘spirits’, it also means ‘evil’, ‘mischief’, ‘secretive’ etc. Whatever meaning of ‘ghost’, certainly it is not a compliment to be part of the exhibits…hahah… 😀

Most of these famous people were politicians and celebrities. Among all of them, the most notorious and deserving ‘ghost’ must be him…

Osama Bin Laden! Like a devilish ghost, his whereabout is unpredictable
and mysterious…but once he made his appearance, there would be havoc
and disasters…! 😦

Taiwan’s former President, Chen Shui-bian 陳水扁, who was arrested and
charged with financial shenanigans

Chen’s son-in-law, Chao Chien-ming 趙建銘, who pleaded guilty in court
to perjury. Do you know why was he made with eyes looking up?
Well, that should be meant as a mockery for his habit of looking at people with
chin raising up according to the local news media… 😀

James Soong 宋楚瑜, another politician in Taiwan

Lee Myung-bak 李明博, President of South Korea

安倍晋三 Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan

There was also some historical figure…

Wu Zetian 武则天, the only woman in the history of China to assume the title
of Empress Regnant

Among the celebrities, these were the more well-known ones..

Andy Lau 刘德华…not as life-like as the waxed figure Itchyfingers saw in
Hong Kong…

Jackie Chan 成龙. Since Itchyfingers do not like him, we din take any of
his waxed figure in the Madame Tussauds Museum

Fans of Jay Chou 周杰伦 are gonna scream when they see their idol being
portrayed so uglily :p

Luckily the creator redeemed himself with this second mask… :p

Wow, even 茂伯 from Cape No. 7 made it to the list of celebrities… 😀

This one was bizarre…Why was it there?

You would have thought this was a piggy mask. But the name said otherwise.
This was Lin Wang 林旺
, the famous Asian Elephant that served with
the Chinese Expeditionary Force during the Second Sino-Japanese War
(1937 – 1945) and later relocated to Taipei Zoo. He died in 2003 at the ripe
age of 86…

If only Itchyfingers were to visit Taipei Zoo six years ago….Nevertheless, we saw the huge container used to transport Lin Wang during the zoo’s relocation.

Huge container…

Sign outside the container

Old photos of Lin Wang inside the container

Try to look for the mask of the creator when you visit the museum…not tough to miss it though! 😀

The 搞蛋鬼 (mischievous ghost), creator Wu

Do visit the ghost masks museum 泥人吴鬼脸馆 at JiuFen 九份 next time you are in Taiwan for a good laugh or good scare! Haha… 😀

Entrance to the museum…Only now on closer look at the photo that
Itchyfingers realised that the admission charges were NT50 for adults and
NT30 for students…and we were asked to pay only NT30 each! Hahah!
So Itchyfingers still look like students??? Hahaha…. Biggest joke…

Also see related Posts:
> House of More Ghost Masks @ JiuFen
House of Ghost Masks @ JiuFen
The Haunted House @ JiuFen
The Eyes
> Open Seasame!
> Nine Portions with Nine Lives – Taiwan Trip #14
Money No Enough Too
> Death Notes
> Death of Friendship
> Dying Trade, Dying Career, Dying Crowd
A Singapore Horror Story
The Gate is Opened!


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