Wed, Nov 21, 2012 - Page 5 News List

Groups voice objections to museum expansion project

By Chao Ching-yu and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

“We, who have lived in Waishuangxi (外雙溪) for many generations, strongly believe that the Grand National Palace Museum project is a mistake,” Kuo added.

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), who also attended the public hearing, urged the museum to conduct another feasibility assessment in line with the changes made to its original construction plan.

“This feasibility report was conducted on the presumption that the proposed Cultural and Creative Industrial Park would be constructed first. However, what has been put as the first part of the construction plan is [the renovation project] of the museum’s main building,” Lin said.

Since the park will no longer be constructed first, the museum should have carried out another evaluation of its proposal, rather than use its initial feasibility report for a different plan, Lin said.

Tseng Kuang-chung (曾光中), dean of Chung Yuan Christian University’s Department of Architecture, also expressed doubts about the museum’s feasibility report, saying its contents were misleading and that the museum should carry out a reassessment.

Chang Shih-hsien (張世賢), former director of the museum’s technology office, proposed replacing the project with the Grand Shuangxi project.

Chang said the Grand Shuangxi project included a plan to build more parking lots either in Shilin or Dazhi (大直) districts to prevent sightseeing buses from driving into the museum’s surrounding valleys and to preserve the area’s scenery.

Meanwhile, some participants established a link between the project and China.

A local resident criticized the expansion project, saying that if the plan only aimed at accommodating the influx of Chinese tourists, the planned buildings would become yet more empty “mosquito-breeding halls” if the number of Chinese tourists to Taiwan decreased in the future.

“To put it bluntly, this grand project has been launched for nothing but the sake of catering to Chinese tourists,” the resident said.

Another resident said the project was former National Palace Museum director Chou Kung-shin’s (周功鑫) way of buttering up the Beijing-based Palace Museum.

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