Have you heard of the container transportation history in Taiwan?

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What is a container? Container transportation is an industry that seems far away from ordinary people. But if you think about it, a container ship in a port, a container truck running on the highway, or a container standing in the suburbs are not that far away from our daily life. So, what exactly is a container? How does it … Read More

Sino-French War Off the Coast of Keelung Recounted by Letters

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The Sino-French war This document consists of correspondence between a young cabin boy in the French navy during the Sino-French War between August 1884 and June 1885. The letters are mainly addressed to his mother and occasionally to one of his friends. The cabin boy recounts the life on the ship, the battles, the waiting, and his relationship with his … Read More

Jian Temple: a Library of Story and Mural

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Jian Temple: an unassuming temple, found in Keelung, nestled deep into the beautiful ecosystem of Hope Hills. Such a temple is often overlooked, though, especially being in the presence of the iconic Big Buddha Temple. This does nothing to detract from its beauty; instead, to those curious few, Ji’an Temple opens its doors, reciting age-old stories from within, and in … Read More

From “Sea Women” to the Sea of Change: Seaweed, Goggles, and Climate Change

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Walking through the villages surrounding Keelung all the way from Yehliu 野柳, Heping Island 和平島, and Badouzi 八斗子 to Longdong 龍洞 and Aodi 澳底, the golden braids of suntanned “stone flower vegetable” 石花菜 cover the empty street corners. Occasionally, there is a sign by the road advertising “stone flower jelly” 石花凍, sold by the enigmatic “sea women” 海女, whose “culture” … Read More

Special people bringing Vietnamese Flavor into Keelung

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Not really often but sometimes, I still catch familiar sounds of our language or smell Vietnamese’s favorite food while wandering on Taiwan’s road. That is a very touching moment for me when traveling in another country. Being curious, I started looking more closely and that was the way an interesting story began.  Promising land for Vietnamese women During the period … Read More

Chiang Kai-shek’s Statues in Keelung

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Formerly Taiwan’s public places, schools, parks, and government offices featured approximately 45,000 statues of the former president of the Republic of China (ROC), Chiang Kai-shek.[1] Although the removal of Chiang’s statues and symbols of oppression began in the late 1980s and 1990s, thousands of statues still stood in public spaces well into the 21st century. Since the start of Taiwan’s … Read More

History Lessons from a Butcher in Huilong Market: Culture of Traditional Markets

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Culture of Taiwan’s Traditional Markets | Characteristics of Taiwan’s Traditional Markets | Disappearing Traditional Markets | History of Taiwan’s Traditional Markets Compared its heydays, Huilong Market is finding it harder to attract passerby and a steady stream of patrons. The vendors instead rely on their regulars to sustain them. During Keelung For A Walk’s interview with Zhou, a butcher at … Read More

Living Like a Local in Keelung

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Keelung is one of the few places I’ve visited where I’ve spent days without seeing another tourist, and it’s one of the reasons I’ve loved staying here. Sometimes it can be hard to get off the beaten track and find somewhere truly authentic; yet Keelung is a place that I feel really offers that experience (as well as being very … Read More

Keelung’s Abandoned Mansion

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There’s something so exciting about escaping the busy streets of a city and discovering a piece of forgotten and abandoned history. If you’re interested in urban exploration, the ruins of this Keelung’s abandoned mansion called the Khóo Tsú-song Old House (Qingyu Hall) are well worth a visit! Walking through the streets of Keelung, I had noticed a few eerie-looking old … Read More

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