Reproduced Japanese-Era Taipei Train Station in Limelight (News)
Taipei, April 16 (Jiji Press)—A train station building that was constructed in Taipei in 1916, when Taiwan was under Japanese rule, was reproduced in the Taiwanese capital recently about 30 years after it was dismantled and removed from its original site.
The re-created Xinbeitou Station, built near the site of the original station, has been attracting attention for its unique combination of Western and Japanese architectural features.
The Beitou district in the northern part of Taipei was developed as a hot spring area in the early days of Japanese rule. Records show that soldiers injured in the 1904–5 Russo-Japanese War used the hot spring for convalescence.
To improve the convenience of spring users, the then Japanese government's office in Taiwan opened the original station in 1916 by extending a railway line.
But the station building, designed by a Japanese and made of Japanese cypress, was dismantled when a subway line was opened in the late 1980s. It was then rebuilt in Changhua County in western Taiwan for preservation and exhibition.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]