Keelung History in an Alley: Columbus Bar

Keelung’s bar culture started when the US military participated in the Vietnam War.  The city became a central location where the soldiers could rest and take a break. Many American soldiers arrived at Keelung Port and helped establish new developments such as bars, consignments stores and jeans streets. After the war, the soldiers left, the hustle and bustle of the port gradually declined as the Japanese and Korean sailors, as well as the bar ladies began to leave. In its heyday, Yangpai Bar owned 18 bars including Columbus Bar, an old fashioned bar established in 1979.  The last remaining American army bar, Lucky Star, was considered a hidden attraction in downtown Keelung eventually closed its doors in 2015.

The alley lane where Columbus Bar once stood was one of Keelung’s earliest developments during the Qing Dynasty. The alley was once lined with red brick houses has become an abandoned area near Daiming Temple, where the excitement is now replaced with silence.

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