Typhoon-tilted mailboxes go viral

TILTED LOVE::Chunghwa Post Co chairman Philip Ong said the two mailboxes would stay as they were, and that the post office plans to make them into a tourist attraction

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Mon, Aug 10, 2015 - Page 1

Two mailboxes in Taipei have become tourist attractions after a shop sign fell on them during Typhoon Soudelor, with visitors saying they now resemble two people standing next to each other and leaning.

The mailboxes — one red and the other green — are on Longjiang Road (龍江路) in Taipei.

The photos of the two tilted mailboxes quickly went viral, drawing dozens of people to the site yesterday.

Many visitors also leaned to the side and posed for photographs next to the mailboxes. Some netizens suggested that the Chunghwa Post Co (中華郵政) keep the two mailboxes as they are, as a reminder of the damage wrought by the typhoon.

Chunghwa Post Co chairman Philip Ong (翁文祺) yesterday said that the two mailboxes would remain at their current location, adding that the post office plans to turn the site into a tourist attraction.

He added that a sign would be set up to the side of the mailboxes informing visitors how they had been damaged by Typhoon Soudelor.

Ong said, however, that the supporting bases of these two mailboxes would need to be reinforced so that they could continue to function as mailboxes. He said that the postal firm could also sell memorabilia related to these tilted mailboxes in the future if visitors continue to show an interest them.