Two Keelung’s historic sites will reopen to the public on weekends
The Keelung Fort Command’s office and the attached dormitories nearby will be open to the public on the weekends starting from April 13.
According to TAIPEI TIMES, historic sites in Keelung dating back to the Dutch and Spanish colonial periods are to be restored, after the city government pledged to make a large financial contribution for their restoration.
Keelung Harbor has long been an important point of contact between Taiwan and the outside world. First visited by Spain and other nations more than 400 years ago, the area is home to numerous historic relics. The Keelung City Government has said it would allocate NT$550 million (US$17.34 million) to preserve the relics in a restoration project subsidized by the Ministry of Culture.
The project seeks to rebuild parts of the Baimiweng Fort, Keelung Fort Command and the residences belonging to it.
According to Taiwan News, the two historic sites will be lit from 6 p.m. every night, Chen said, adding that she hoped these two sites will become must-see attractions in the city.
Bureau official Wu Chun-ming (吳純明) said the 90-year-old Keelung Fort Commander's Official Residence will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, though as the area surrounding the nearby dormitories is still being landscaped, the site will not be open to individuals yet. However, it will still be available for group visits on weekdays through advance appointments.