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Unique post office opens in Pingtung County

2016/10/14 20:33:42

Taipei, Oct. 14 (CNA) A unique post office built in the shape of a shipping box opened Friday in southern Taiwan's Pingtung County, with the aim of banishing the traditional perception of post offices as rigid places, officials from the Chunghwa Post Co. said that day.

The Fangshan Post Office in rural Fangshan Township is the first post office in Taiwan to be constructed in the shape of a shipping box.

The green and white exterior of the building features the image of a dove, the bird that appears on the corrugated shipping boxes of the Chunghwa Post, the official postal service of Taiwan. It also features images of mangoes and onions, which are local agricultural products.

Large screens on the roof also open up every hour, making the building look like an opened box.

(Chunghwa Post shipping box; from the Chunghwa Post website)

Installed with solar panels on the rooftop, the Fangshan Post Office is Taiwan's first painted green energy post office, noted Yu Su-chen (尤素珍), a manager at the Pingtung Post Office.

Ong Wen-chyi (翁文祺), chairman of Chunghwa Post, added that the post office not only has a unique appearance, but also makes use of the ample sunlight in the southern county to generate power.

The post office will also help promote the sale of onions, to help boost the earnings of Fangshan farmers, Ong said.

(By Kuo Chih-hsuan and Christie Chen)