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34 historic monuments damaged in southern Taiwan quake

2016/02/15 18:43:56

Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple. (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Culture)

Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) A total of 34 historic monuments were damaged in the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit southern Taiwan on Feb. 6, Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi (洪孟啟) said Monday.

Twenty-three of the monuments are located in Tainan, with the city's landmark Confucius Temple and Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple among those suffering the most serious damage, Hung said.

The Ministry of Culture began repairing the monuments immediately after the earthquake, and the repair work will cost an estimated NT$520 million (US$15.71 million), he said.

The Tainan Confucius Temple, built in 1665, is the first temple in Taiwan dedicated to the ancient Chinese sage and teacher Confucius, while the Tainan Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple honors the deity Guan Gong.

The oldest city in Taiwan, Tainan is known for its cultural and historical heritage.

The Feb. 6 earthquake killed 116 people, all of them in Tainan, and injured 550, according to official figures.

(By Wang Ching-yi and Christie Chen)