The 2,500-tonne structure of the old Kaohsiung Station began its journey home on July 26. According to the plan, it will be moved 62.66m in two months. On the first day of the process, it was moved 70cm north without a hitch. It is expected to reach the central axis of the new Kaohsiung Station by Sept. 26.
The old Kaohsiung Station, built in 1941 during the Japanese colonial period as part of the great Kaohsiung urban plan, was then called the New Kaohsiung Station. The style of the station’s main structure is an example of Japanese-Western style architecture. The design of the four-cornered roof with a spire, imitating a Tang Dynasty building, makes it look like a big hat from a distance, which gave rise to its nickname the “imperial-crown-style station.” In 2003, it was designated by the Kaohsiung City Government Bureau of Cultural Affairs as a historic building.
To facilitate Kaohsiung’s underground railway project, a 17-day project to relocate the “imperial-crown-style station” started on Aug. 16, 2002, setting a record for the largest relocation of cultural relics in Taiwan. The old station was repurposed as the Kaohsiung Underground Railway iCenter, housing exhibitions that record the station’s history.
Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung City Government 照片：高雄市政府提供
Now that Kaohsiung’s new station area is nearly completed, the Railway Bureau and the Kaohsiung City Government are relocating the station building once again — back it to where it was 18 years ago.
(Translated by Lin Lee-kai, Taipei Times)
Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Charles Lin 照片：高雄市副市長林欽榮提供
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