Kaohsiung Museum of Labor reopens at new site

Kaohsiung, July 25 (CNA) The Kaohsiung Museum of Labor reopened Saturday in a downtown location near two other city museums, where it now has more visibility and exhibition space.
At the opening ceremony, Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Wu Hong-mo (???) highlighted the significance of the southern city hosting Taiwan's first museum of labor.
He said that for nearly a century, Kaohsiung and its surrounding areas were home to early 20th century shipbreaking yards, and in later years, shipbuilding, petrochemical and steel industries were established there.
Taiwan's first export processing zone was also set up in Kaohsiung 1966, Wu said, adding that the city played a pioneer role in Taiwan's labor movement.
In 2010, Kaohsiung opened the Museum of Labor in an old factory building and since then, the exhibitions have attracted more than 1.4 million visitors.
As part of the city government's efforts to develop a cultural gallery along Kaohsiung's Love River, it decided to move the increasingly popular Museum of Labor to the downtown area where it would have more visibility and exhibition space.
The labor museum, now located near the city's history and film museums, features the evolution of the labor force in the industrial city, Taiwan's labor movement, and the more recent animation, comics and video games sectors.
One of the permanent exhibitions at the museum details the evolution of the city's industrial sector.
Wu said that as the importance of heavy industry waned toward the end of the 20th century, Kaohsiung's industrial landscape began to change, and digital technology businesses, including animation and video games, have more recently moved in.
In celebrating its re-opening, the museum is hosting a number of special events and displays, including a retro marketplace, and storytelling by workers on the dock, export processing zone, and shipbreaking.
The museum is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. (By Chang Che-fon and Lillian Lin)