Oldest military dependents’ village in Taiwan’s Penghu reborn as resort

Juguang New Village formerly a housing complex for soldiers in Taiwan

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Juguang New Village-turned Penghu Bay Resort (Penghu Bay Resort Facebook photo)
Juguang New Village-turned Penghu Bay Resort (Penghu Bay Resort Facebook photo)

Juguang New Village-turned Penghu Bay Resort (Penghu Bay Resort Facebook photo)

Juguang New Village-turned Penghu Bay Resort (Penghu Bay Resort Facebook photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A military dependents’ village on Magong, one of the outlying Penghu islands, has been given a new lease on life through its transformation into a hotel resort.

Penghu Bay Resort (澎湖灣行旅), formerly known as Juguang New Village (莒光新村), opened its doors on Wednesday (July 31) following a two-year renovation. It is touted as a new landmark that boasts both historical features and natural scenery.

As the oldest community for military dependents in Taiwan, the housing complex was handed over to the Penghu County Government a decade ago. Xin Ruei International Development Corporation (欣芮國際開發公司) was commissioned to redevelop the site in 2017, reported the Central News Agency.

Juguang New Village encompassed 80 houses built with timber, blue limestone, tiles, and coral stones. It served as a residential complex for troops stationed at Penghu Defense Command and their families.

Adding to the recreational appeal of Penghu Bay Resort are a number of tourist attractions in its proximity, including Magong Harbor (馬公港), Guanyinting Recreational Area (觀音亭), Jinguitou Fort (金龜頭砲台), and Duxingshi Village (篤行十村).