A culture lover’s guide to Dublin, Ireland.- by Min Wang

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by Min Wang 

Dublin’s rich cultural heritage is a not only pride for its locals but also a heaven for people who enjoy Irish music, literature, and films as strolling down Eustrace Street, no one wants to miss those precious haunts.

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IFI is the national cultural institution for the films. Throughout the archive, you can get a sense of Irish movie industry history while the shop by the door sells tons of film DVDs and posters.

Inside of Irish Film Institute in a minimal style architecture.

At the cinema inside, it shows the finest independent movies every day, both internationally and local Irish movies. Not to mention the Cafe inside is tasty with a reasonable price.

For visitors without membership, you can easily check films info, showtime table, and purchase a ticket via its website.

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The hallway of the cinema with the posters of coming movies.
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Currently on show, a movie about Syrian refugee life in Finland.  Image: Min Wang

Yet in the rainy evening, I went to see The Other Side of Hope, a movie about Syrian refugee life in Finland directed by Aki Kaurismaki. As an immigrant working on getting settled in another country, I can totally relate to this laughable and tragic film with my own experiences.

Irish Rock and Roll Museum Experience 

U2, Enya, the Cranberries, The Pogues, Van Morrison, My Bloody Valentine….you name it. No matter what genre of music you enjoy,  Irish Rock ‘N’ Roll Museum is one of those must-go locations for music lovers. It’s a living piece of Irish rock music history.

Not far from Temple Bar, it’s easily recognizable by its red Wall of Fame, featuring Irish music royality icons.

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The museum tour includes the Templelane studio which is nearby Button Factory, one of the best live music venues in Dublin.

The museum is overall an authentic experience for music fan with the multimedia exhibit like watching the movie, jamming real instrument and studio visiting. You will learn a lot about Irish music history details afterward.

The Icon Factory- a hidden Gem

When walking around Temple Bar, there is a hidden street gallery behind it that full of iconic art and history about Irish culture.  For example, the Irish novelist, poets, and actors.

Those amazing murals will give you a sense of Irish culture. Plus it’s instagramy!

As Temple Bar became a tourist spot, you can still wander around in the bustling area to experience the Irish pub culture- where I captured a heartwarming moment at.

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