Taipei, Jan. 22 (CNA) A new cultural park repurposed and renovated from the compound of late President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) opened on Saturday, featuring the nation’s first presidential library.
After seven years of renovation, repurposing, and expansion, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange and the Chinese Christian Faith and Love Foundation celebrated the opening of the new Ching-Kuo Chi-Hai Cultural Park in Taipei on Saturday.
The park received its eponymous name from the late Chiang and his home, the Chi-Hai Residence, and will be managed by the two foundations together.
Situated on the bank of the Keelung River, the park is approximately 3.98 hectares, featuring views of the nearby Jiantan Mountain and Qihai Lake.
The park is equipped to host the general public and hold public art events.
Two of the park’s main attractions are Chiang’s namesake presidential library and the house which he resided in for 19 years.
The library is the first presidential library of Taiwan and also serves as a partial museum of the late president.
According to the management of the park, the library has also partnered up with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University to display Chiang’s diaries from the institution’s archives.
On the other hand, the residence of the late president will serve as both a city-designated historical landmark and as a memorial museum that is fully furnished with Chiang and his family’s furniture and belongings.
Chiang and his wife, Chiang Fang-liang (蔣方良), both remained at the house until their passing away in 1988 and 2004, respectively. Chiang served as the president of the Republic of China (Taiwan’s official name) from 1978 until his death.
As the house is a historical building, visitors can only tour the location in groups, capped at 15 people per group.
The number of visitors per day has also been limited to 400 in compliance with pandemic prevention guidelines, with 200 people allowed into the park in the morning and 200 in the afternoon.
Due to the pandemic, the park will only allow admission to ticket-holding visitors into the venue. Interested tourists could purchase the tickets at the cultural park’s website, where they can choose to purchase tickets for the library, the residence, or both.
(By Chen Yi-hsuan, Yang Hsin-hui and James Lo)
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