The Ministry of Culture plans to restore 11 sites of cultural and historical importance as part of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) policy of reviving and developing local culture by providing government funds, Executive Yuan spokesman Tung Chen-yuan (童振源) said.
Ministry of Culture officials submitted a proposal for the project to Premier Lin Chuan (林全) during a meeting at the Executive Yuan and Lin approved it, Tung said.
Tung said Lin also announced that he would chair future meetings on cultural policy at the Executive Yuan and that, when necessary, he would handle details regarding the coordination of heritage preservation, as well as significant proposals for including further heritage sites in the program at Executive Yuan-level meetings.
According to the ministry’s report, the first 11 projects — in 10 counties and cities — are to be the pilots in its “Historical Landscape Restoration Project.”
The initiative is to involve cooperation between central government agencies and local governments, with the goal of restoring the sites in the context of overall national development and relevance to modern life, and an emphasis on digitizing historical information and stimulating cultural industries, the ministry’s report said.
For example, one of the 11 proposed projects, the restoration of the “old town” area in Kaohsiung’s Zuoying District (左營), would involve research into remains found at the area’s historical sites and transferring written records into a digital format, the report said.
A former air force base in Taoyuan, which housed the secretive 35th “Black Cat” Squadron, is to be partially restored, and its facilities reconstructed and integrated into the relocated Aviation Museum being built at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, with archival documents to be displayed at the airport for passengers to view while awaiting their flights, the report said.
Among the other projects proposed in the report are the restoration of the Tsai Clan ancestral shrine in Kinmen, the “old town” in Keelung.
The second phase of the initiative would add another 13 projects in 11 counties and cities, the report said.
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