Tainan City publishes 400-year-old city atlas

The atlas is a collection 165 images of maps depicting ancient Tainan city

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(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tainan City government on Dec. 24 held a publishing event titled "Tainan's 400-year-old city atlas" with 165 different kinds of maps of the ancient city of Tainan, reported CNA.

The 400-year-old atlas book was published jointly by Tainan Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage and SMC Publishing Inc. Including a total of 165 maps, the atlas is a combination of topographic maps, harbor maps, administrative area maps, road maps and so forth, in which 14 of them were first reprinted.

The director of Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan City Government, Yeh Tse-shan (葉澤山), said that the publication of this atlas was really not easy due to the copyright issue involved in different sources, including the National Palace Museum, the National Museum of History, the National Archives of the Netherlands, and the National Diet Library of Japan, and private collection of Wei Te-wen, the reports said.

The acting mayor of Tainan City, Lee Meng-yan (李孟諺), said that this ancient atlas played an important role as a proof of the past, evidence of the city's development, a reference to the flood control and the local culture. Additionally, it worked as a supplement for the shortage of historical texts and could be compared to the historical data develop a sustainable city of Tainan.