15 May 2020

Historical buildings of Douliou

Douliu City is the county government and largest city and also the political, economic, cultural, educational, medical and other centers of Yunlin County. It's one of the main transportation centers of Yunlin.  
Douliu was originally the seat of the Hongya tribe (Tawrag), and the people from Minnan who moved to Quanzhou later translated the southern Fujian pronunciation into the Chinese character "Dou Liumen" (Taiwan: Táu-la̍k-mn̂g ). 
In 1895, Taiwan was cut off after the Sino-Japanese War of the Qing Dynasty, and the county was replaced by a civil affairs branch to specialize in civil affairs. In the following year, Douliu Street was set up in Yunlin County. 

Taiping Old Street 

Taiping Old Street is an unusually long (about 600 meters) old street that stretches from Douliu Circle to Douliu Post Office. The buildings of Taiping Old Street were built in the three eras (Meiji, Taisho, and Showa) in the Japanese era. They were built in the Baroque style and are over hundred years old. Each building is two floors high. The outer wall in the front has exquisite carvings, including lifelike patterns such as Long Fen, and some buildings are also engraved with the surnames of the residents. Most of the buildings here are made of clean water bricks, with some cement, washed stone and classical mud block carvings, forming a brick facade.
In order to prevent the owners from transforming these monuments into modern buildings, the Cultural Development Association and the city office cooperated with the new urban and rural features, implemented a historic street reconstruction plan, unified shop signs, set up leisure facilities and various planting and street lights, and cooperated with the reconstruction of the street. The pavement is paved with characteristic floor tiles, making the old street an open-air leisure place combining commercial, sightseeing and leisure activities in Yunlin County.

Yunzhong Street Cultural and Creative Settlement

Both sides of Yunzhong Street in Douliu City are police dormitory groups during the Japanese era. Yoy can see wooden house with a strong Japanese nostalgic flavor. The old houses that were out of repair and abandoned for a long time have been completely renovated by the county government. They have gradually opened up cultural and creative parks with unique characteristics and cultural and creative industries.

There are several different cultural and creative theme halls in the park, including "The Handmade Forest" with many cute little potted plants, "Future Classroom-Robot Workshop" to provide children with hand-made DIY robots, "Vinyl Music Story Hall" is a room Opened by retired professor Zhang Guangxun. He shared more than 8,000 vinyl records collected for more than 30 years. He listens to old songs and tastes a cup of tea with tourists. Entering here seems to fall into the vortex of time.

Douliou Memorial Museum

Douliu Xingqi Memorial Hall was built around 1927 to commemorate Prince Yuren's visit to Taiwan in 1923. After landing in Keelung, he traveled through Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, and Tainan. Although he had visited Douliu, after the visit to Taiwan, Doujiu gentry Wu Keming initiated the construction of the Xingqi Memorial Hall, which was jointly funded by local and official funds. It was called "Douliu Memorial Mansion" as a public meeting space. After the war, the building was used by the water company, and then it was successively used by the Douliu Substation of the Chiayi Supervision Office of the Highway Bureau, the Yunlin County Office of Industry and Commerce, the Military Public Education and Welfare Center, and the Central District Office of the State Property Bureau. It was severely damaged in the 921 earthquake in 1999 and was classified as a dangerous building. In 2001, it was registered as a historic building. The restoration work was carried out from 2005 to 2006, and in 2006 the registration name was changed to "Dou Liu XingQi Memorial Hall".

1. No. 123, Taiping Road, Douliu City, Yunlin County, 640
2. No. 16, Yunzhong Street, Douliu City, Yunlin County, 640
3. No. 101, Fuqian Street, Douliu City, Yunlin County, 640

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