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Historic railway yard to be turned into museum: minister

Historic railway yard to be turned into museum: minister

Taipei, March 16 (CNA) Minister of Culture Hung Meng-chi (???) confirmed on Monday that the ministry has plans to turn Taipei Railway Workshop into a museum and is currently in the process of outlining a long-term plan to preserve the site. "It is likely that the site will become a railway museum. I do not think there will be any change in that direction," Hung told reporters before a legislative session. In addition to coordinating with government agencies, Hung said the ministry would also consult with museum experts and people from the Railway Cultural Society in planning the museum. Taipei Railway Workshop, a former site for train maintenance and assembly, was designated a national cultural heritage site by the Ministry of Culture on Sunday. Cultural conservation groups saw this as a victory, but the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), owner and operator of the yard located in a bustling district in eastern Taipei, opposed the move. TRA said it lacks the manpower and funding to maintain the site and may lodge an administrative appeal against the ministry. In response, Hung said he respects TRA's position, but hopes to hold further talks with transport officials to seek common ground over the issue. "The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) hopes to preserve parts of the site, just not the entire site," Hung said, in answer to a question from a lawmaker during the legislative session. Despite opposition from TRA, Hung said he remains optimistic that the dispute will be resolved, as the ministry has been in talks with the MOTC over the past year and both sides are keen to cooperate on the preservation of the site. Taipei Railway Workshop was built in the 1930s during the Japanese colonial period and was a key railway maintenance depot. It includes as an assembly factory, engine room and a Japanese style bathhouse. The site has appeared in films such as Luc Besson's action thriller "Lucy" and Jay Chou's "The Rooftop." (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-24 21:34 GMT+08:00