Museum becomes tourist hot spot thanks to Lin-Akira wedding

Taipei-The high-profile wedding of Taiwanese super model Lin Chi-ling (???) and Japanese boy band Exile member Akira on Sunday has launched a museum in Tainan as a major tourist attraction, according to the city government.

Over the weekend, the Tainan Art Museum Building 1, where the wedding banquet was held, attracted more than 10,000 visitors, an increase of 77 percent compared with other weekends, according to statistics from the Tainan City government.

Other tourist attractions close to the historic museum in southern Taiwan, including Tainan Confucius Temple, also saw a sharp increase in visitors over the two days, the city's Bureau of Tourism said.

On the weekend, hotels, hostels and B&Bs in the vicinity of the museum were packed with visitors who wanted to see Lin and Akira's wedding, the bureau said.

On Sunday the two celebrities got married at the ancestral hall of the Wu Clan Association of Taiwan in a traditional Taiwanese ceremony that was attended by their relatives, close friends, and hundreds of fans.

After the ceremony, a banquet was held in the hallways of the art museum to avoid any damage to treasures housed there.

The museum, built in 1931, originally housed the city's Police Administration during the period of Japanese colonialism, and in 1998, it was designated as a historic monument.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel