President Tsai Ing-wen lauded National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park and the extensive of efforts of contributors in realizing the long-awaited facility during the official opening ceremony July 6 in Taipei City.
Sixteen years of hard work has paid handsome dividends, Tsai said. The park is a credit to all involved and represents the success of interagency cooperation aimed at preserving Taiwan’s rich railway heritage for future generations, she added.
According to Tsai, the park is the birthplace of Taiwan’s industrial science and railway development. It dates back more than 100 years, and is a must for those visiting Taipei and seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the country and its people, she said.
The facility will also play a key role in revitalizing Taiwan’s tourism and hospitality industries while creating fresh cultural enrichment opportunities in the post-pandemic new life, Tsai said. Art galleries, museums and other such attractions are set for a renaissance and will remain the spiritual heart of Taiwan society, she added.
Other high-profile ceremony attendees included Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung and National Taiwan Museum Director Hung Shih-Yu.
The park, situated near Taipei’s Qing dynasty (1895-1945)-era North Gate, comprises eight structures: the cafeteria, construction room, electrical room, machinery bureau, octagon male washroom, railway department, Taipei Railway Factory and war command center. It was designated a National Historic Site in 2007 by the Ministry of Culture. (TYT-E)
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