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Taiwan's highest museum opens on Alishan

2018/08/15 20:32:59

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) Taiwan's highest museum opened Wednesday in the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area in Chiayi County, according to a press release issued by the county government.

The 1,400-hectare recreation area is situated 2,200 meters above sea level.

The museum, called the "1913 Antique Office of Alishan House- Local Cultural Building," is a part of Alishan House, a historic hotel that has hosted numerous foreign leaders, the statement said.

Lin Ching-hui (林靜惠), an executive of Alishan House, said the museum is designed to act as a platform to showcase Alishan's history, culture, education and arts.

The site of the museum used to be a club for the local forestry agency during Japanese colonial rule, Lin said, adding that it is the only remaining large wooden structure in the recreation area.

The structure was originally built in 1913 and was a group of three buildings that housed Japanese military officers and Taiwanese workers, Lin said.

After a fire burned down two of the buildings, only one remains Lin said, adding that it has also survived many earthquakes.

Chiayi Deputy Magistrate Wu Fang-ming (吳芳銘) said that in 1945, when the Republic of China government took over Taiwan, the building was used as a guest house.

(By Chiang Chun-liang and William Yen)