TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—A house in Taiwan’s Taoyuan City that displays more than 13,000 Taiwan’s (ROC) national flags has caught media attention during the National Day holiday period.
The house is located in a military dependants’ village in Pingzhen District. The house owner and flag enthusiast, Chang Lao-wang (張老旺), said that a flag supporter donated more than 3,000 national flags after he found that the national flags decorated on and around the house for the National Day celebrations were less in number than previous years. Chang said he began decorating the house with the donated flags and the 10,000 flags he purchased since September.
Chang said he also holds a flag raising ceremony on the National Day every year for more than 20 years. He said his love for the national flag can be traced back to the days of war-torn China when his mother made a flag for his father and told him to hang the flag very high to mark where he was stationed. When the family reunited in Taiwan, his father was still holding the flag in his hands, he said.
Therefore, he said, he has an indivisible affection for the national flag. This year’s flag raising ceremony was held at 10 a.m., and nearly 1,000 people came to participate on their own from Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taipei and other places.
In his address during the ceremony, Chang said that not many places fly flags anymore, but his house of flags flies them every single day.
The flag enthusiast said many flags on the house were blown away by typhoons last year, and upon knowing that many people told him they would donate money, but he said to them he wanted only flags and not money. So people mailed him packages that contained flags.
He said that this year he received a special package with a note that said, “Uncle Lao-wang. Why is no one else in Taiwan hanging flags anymore? Only you are still doing it here.” Therefore, the mailer donated nine flags that were 50 or 60 years old, and today they are flying here, Chang said.
Now the house that flies more than 13,000 flags has become a new hot spot to take photos during the National Day holiday.