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Former residence of Chiang Ching-kuo to become public park

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Qihai House (七海寓所), a residence of former president Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) in Taipei City’s Shihlin District (士林), will be turned into a cultural park and is scheduled to open to the public next year.

Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs is making an inventory of historic documents and goods at the residence under the approval of Chiang’s family. The cultural park will occupy 4.6 hectares including the residence and the lake in front of the house, the department said.

Lee Yong-ping (李永萍), commissioner of the department, said yesterday at the residence that the department will establish a library alongside the lake with a collection of documents related to the former president to commemorate Chiang.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) and two Chiang family members, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator John Chiang (蔣孝嚴) and Chiang Ching-kuo’s daughter-in-law Chiang Fang Chi-yi (蔣方智怡) visited the residence yesterday, lauding the contribution of the former president and expecting the cultural park to give the public a deeper understanding of his life.

The residence, located on Beian Road, was Chiang Ching-kuo’s home for over 20 years. The first floor of the house was mostly used for receiving guests and family gatherings, while the second floor included office space and bedrooms for the former president and his family. The department listed the residence as a municipal monument in 2006.

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