TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Since Taipei City’s North Gate regained its splendor as one of the city’s major monuments following the removal of an overpass that had long overshadowed the historic structure earlier this year, the city government has been putting in effort to make the gate and its surrounding area a more worthwhile place to visit, and the result will soon be revealed.
Taipei’s Public Works Department has been carrying out a project involving the overhaul of the gate’s surrounding landscape and constructions aiming at transforming the surrounding area into a pedestrian plaza. The project is slated for completion on July 29.
On July 25, Deputy Mayor Charles Lin arrived at the site to inspect the ongoing constructions. He hoped that the project can be finished according to schedule.
According to Lin, the center of the plaza is located at the North Gate. The plaza is surrounded by numerous historical structures such as “Ministry of Railways,” “Taipei Post Office,” “OSK Taipei Office,” and “Mitsui Warehouse” that date back to the Japanese colonial era. The Qing Dynasty monuments include Futai Street Mansion and Machinery Bureau.
Director Huang Li-yuan of Parks and Street Lights Office said that the total amount of green space taken up by the plaza spans 6865 square meters.
The North Gate Plaza landscape project is part of the city’s west district gateway project aimed at recreating some of Taipei’s forgotten landscape from the past. Upon completion, the North Gate will be illuminated by nighttime illumination to highlight its role as the city’s landmark in the old district.