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Festival shows beauty of Taipei's oldest street

Festival shows beauty of Taipei's oldest street

Taipei, Nov. 15 (CNA) A festival organized by the Community Empowering Society and a group of old community-reviving activists has brought back people's memories of the erstwhile prosperity of Guiyang Street (???), the first street built when Taipei City was being formed some 300 years ago. The Monga Old Street Festival, held Saturday and Sunday, allowed the participants to experience the street's old glory through visiting 11 ancient stores and Qingshan Temple (???) on Guiyang Street, located in Wanhua District (???), also known as Monga (??). The participants also had the opportunity to take part in a series of six activities to gain a glimpse of the local culture and work skills. These events included workshops on local history, herbal medicine, temple culture and the manufacture of paper lanterns with Monga features. Monga, situated southwest of Taipei, began its development from Guiyang Street next to the Tamsui River in the 1700s. Designated as one of Taipei's important cultural assets, Guiyang Street had lost its glamor and had been forgotten, due to an aging community population and depressed commercial activities, until recent years when a group of local young people began calling for attention to be paid to Taipei's oldest street. The younger generations in Wanhua District organized a "Good Housekeeper" workshop, in an effort to record local residents' opinions of community reforms and write down stories of the district passed on by local senior residents. The workshop further cooperated with the Community Empowering Society to put forth the two-day Monga Old Street Festival to draw public attention to the historic architecture, veteran businesses and unique temple culture on the street. (By Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-27 07:04 GMT+08:00