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FEATURE: Taipei’s graveyards are also some of its hottest tourist spots

By Chiu Shao-wen and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

His grave is surrounded by a large grassy pasture, making it look like a small, natural park.

Lin was a pioneer of irrigation channel networks and he built the “Daan Waterway” in Taipei. His grave is one of the few remaining well-preserved examples from the Qing Dynasty.

The two other Taipei cemeteries from this historic period are for the graves of Pan Kung-chou (潘宮籌) and Wang Yi-de (王義德).

Pan Kung-chou was a civic leader of immigrants from Changzhou, Fujian Province, who settled in the Taipei Basin area during the Qing Dynasty. During his lifetime, he held the post of second-rank civil service mandarin, a high official position at the time. He was posthumously promoted to the first rank after his death.

Wang owned a trading company and his family is linked to the development of old Taipei’s Mengjia neighborhood (艋舺), the old name for Wanhua District (萬華).

His grave is located inside the “202 Arsenal” in Taipei’s Nangang District (南港).

As it was in a restricted-access zone under military control, it had an added air of mystique and secrecy.

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