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Kaohsiung’s Fongyi Academy

The entrance gate to the Fongyi Academy in Kaohsiung is pictured on Jan. 17, 2015.

Photo: Chen Wen-chan, Liberty Times

If you plan to visit the Fongshan area by taking the Kaohsiung Metro to Fongshan station, your first port of call should be the Fongyi Academy. Steeped in history and literature and situated within the old Qing Dynasty-era Fongshan City, Fongyi Academy was where young Qing Dynasty-era students went to receive an education. The academy also served as an examination hall and was the highest seat of learning in southern Taiwan at the time.

Following a five-year-long restoration, the academy reopened to the public on Nov. 1, 2014. Visitors to the academy should first take a moment to admire the beautiful architecture. The academy is arranged around three interconnecting courtyards which house an entrance gate, lecture room and hall, while the left and right sides house student dormitories.

To ensure that visiting an old building is not a dull experience, adorable molded statues have been placed in many spaces in order to return the building to its original historic setting and recreate the appearance of old Fongshan. Weary travelers can sit in one of the former students’ dormitories and order a cup of tea and light snacks.

(Liberty Times, translated by Edward Jones)






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