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Marine museum in Keelung begins trial operation

Marine museum in Keelung begins trial operation

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) After 24 years of planning and construction, the National Museum of Marine Science & Technology in Keelung, northern Taiwan, opened Monday on a trial basis. The long process of building the museum can be traced to the 12 major construction projects proposed by the Executive Yuan in 1979. The government eventually chose the site of a thermal plant to convert into the museum, but construction was postponed repeatedly due to problems arising from property rights. Now being billed as the largest educational display hall in Taiwan, the museum boasts eight display halls, including marine environment and marine culture exhibits, as well as an IMAX theater. The trial run of the NT$5.6 billion (US$187 million) museum will last until Jan. 19. It officially opens to the public on Jan. 26. Speaking at the soft opening, Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling noted the museum's proximity to National Taiwan Ocean University, suggesting the area could develop into an ocean park for northern Taiwan. The event was also attended by Keelung Mayor Chang Tong-rong. (By Wang Chao-yu and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-06-16 23:01 GMT+08:00