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Compared with the new courthouse on Jiankang Road in Anping, which is a modern building that looks largeenough to employ half the city, the old courthouse seems antiquated and small. That wasn’t the case when the oldcourthouse was built. It was an immense and modern building at the time. However, time has taken its toll on theonce grand structure. People have to use their imagination to see the glory of what now stands as a derelict anddilapidated building. Ugly metal support beams surround the building, holding up a metal shelter that puts atemporary delay on the decay of the building’s roof and dome. Plans to refurbish this historic site seem weigheddown by the immensity of the project. Talk of an art museum has been kicking around for some time, but whoknows when and if that will actually happen. While the future of this building remains uncertain, its past is clearlymarked in history as a remarkable piece of architecture and as the home of one of Taiwans darkest events.The building was constructed by the Japanese in 1912. It pre-dates the old Tainan Prefecture Hall by four years,and it doesn’t take a trained eye to see their architectural similarities. They both have a heavy French Baroqueand mannerist influences, particularly in their Mansard roofs and oeil-de-boeuf windows. But while theirdecorative treatment is similar, they have a very different layout. The old Tainan District Courthouse is anasymmetrical building. The eastern wing is anchored by a dome and a classical porch at its entrance, while theentrance to the western wing was highlighted by a tall tower that no longer exists. The building uses red brickwalls accented with cement to create decorative patterns around the windows and doorways. The OLD TAINAN DISTRICT COURTHOUSE you don’t know Written by Karl Bergman on his own blog “Tainan city guide” on October 14, 2010 The courthouse was built on the grounds of Zheng Chenggong’s old cavalry camp, and perhaps the tumultuous clops of running horses left their echoes there, for the building is mostly remembered as the site of the turbulent trials involving theXilaian uprising. This was a rebellion against Japanese rule that began on April 9, 1915, in the nearby town of Yujing and then spread across the island. It was the largest uprising against the Japanese ever, and was put down by heavy force and massacre. Many villages were destroyed and thousands of people were killed. On August 25th of the same year, 866 people began a sixty-day trial at the Tainan District Courthouse for their involvement in the incident. All were found guilty and sentenced to death. International outrage pressured the Japanese government to reduce the number of executions to about a hundred, but the incident still stands as one of the darkest times during the Japanese rule. The building survived WW II and the take-over by the KMT who considered demolishing it. It would later go on to become the first Japanese-era building in the city to be registered as a historic landmark. The building was in use up until 2008, but these days it sits empty. The tower has been demolished, the roof is in disrepair, and its only residents appear to be rats and cockroaches. Right now, visitors can only look from the outside and try to imagine what the building once looked like. Hopefully, the proper repairs will be completed and the building will have a new place in Tainan’s tourism industry. One thing you can see at the old Tainan District Courthouse is an old marriage license window that has been made into a small monument along the west side of the building. The dates from 1972 to 2008 mark the years of its operation and perhaps give people better memories of the building than its historical legacy under the Japanese. 19,505 marriage licenses were issued during those years. Location: No.307 Fuqian Road (Fucian Rd. ) Sec. 1, West Central District,
Chinese New Year Festival, Lantern Festival never sleepsIn order to welcome the year of theRabbit 2011, Tucheng Orthodox LuerhmenSheng Mu Miao specially plans series ofexciting activities of the Chinese NewYear Carnival. The contents include An TaiSui for security and peace, crossing peacebridge for misfortune relief ceremony,passing under the sedan chair, folk art showsand new year toy food avenue, touching springcattle for good fortune, old cattle cart tour in Sheng MuMiao, hanging golden wish card, ringing the lucky bell,3 million venture capital fund for achieving the dream,the ten thousands people parade in Lantern Festival night,and grab spring cattle activity. Expect those activities;the most anticipated is Great Beehive Fireworks and aerialfireworks show. It is worthto be expected.Date: 2011/2/3 ~ 2 / 17Location: Tainan Tucheng Orthodox Luerhmen Sheng Mu Miao
2011 Yanshui Beehive Fireworks heat up Lantern Festival According to the legend,Yanshui Beehive Fireworkswas originated in the Qingdynasty. During the period,diseases were spreadingamong Yanshui old streets,and numerous people weredying because of the seriousillness. Therefore, peoplebegan to pray to Guan-Sheng-Di-Jun (a.k.a. Guangong, a religious gure) for resolving the disaster. It happened that Guangong cameout from the temple on the night of Lantern Festival (Yuan XiaoFestival) for an inspection in Yanshui Township in order to clean upthose evil spirits, (people believed that evil spirits were the causeof the disaster) and believers followed Guangong’s God sedan going around streets and se ing o reworks till the sunrise. Sincethen, locals would continue se ing o these reworks traditionduring Lantern Festival, and it eventually becomes the well-knownand unique “Yanshui Beehive Fireworks.” There is always a huge amount of tourists gathering in Yanshui waiting to witness the spectacular event during Lantern Festival, so it makes Yanshui reworks a famous festival. However, Yanshui reworks are considered as a dangerous event. People who are willing to a end to reworks must wear co on fabric coat and trousers, and also prepare a full-face helmet, co on mask, and co on towel. If you do go, please beware of your own safety, so that reworks will not hurt you.
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