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Twisted mailboxes to be relocated after crowds hamper traffic

2015/08/11 20:19:41

●Aug. 12: A twist in destiny, twisted mailboxes to stay put -- for now

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) Two roadside mailboxes that have become a big tourist draw since they were bent over in the same direction as Typhoon Soudelor made landfall Aug. 8 will be relocated after attracting so many people that traffic has been hampered and nearby residents affected.

Chunghwa Post Co. has decided to decommission the twisted sheet-iron letter boxes because the crowds lining up to have their photos taken with the boxes have been interrupting traffic and disturbing residents, the company announced Tuesday.

The mailboxes, nicknamed "Xiao Hong" (little red)" and "Xiao Lu" (little green) by their fans, will be removed Aug. 13 from their current spot on the intersection of Nanjing East Road and Longjiang Road, and relocated to a new home on the left side of the entrance to the Postal Museum Taipei Beimen Branch, where they will be used as an exhibit, Chunghwa Post said.

[Location of the Postal Museum's Taipei Beimen Branch, close to Taipei Metro Beiman Station (Line 3/green)]

The vacant space will be filled with a new mailbox, the company said, adding that to mark the planned decommissioning of the mailboxes, it has made a "smiling mailbox" commemorative seal.

Post put into the twisted mailboxes in the period between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 5 p.m. the next day will all be stamped with the seal so that people can have a remembrance of a bit of history, the company said.

The decision to relocate Xiao Hong and Xiao Lu, however, disappointed some of their online fans, who said that once they are relocated, "no one will pay attention to them."

They called for them to be kept where they are.

[Current location of the mailboxes]

The photo of the two twisted mailboxes has gone viral since being posted on the Internet Saturday.

They were hit and bent to one side by a signboard that fell to the ground during the storm in the early hours of that day, according to workers at a nearby convenience store.

(By Chen Ting-wei and Elizabeth Hsu)