Four Historical Lighthouses in Keelung

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Lighthouses have long had a unique hold on the human imagination. They are neither of the sea nor of the land. They exist in a liminal zone on the border between the elements, between the known world of houses, streets and hills and the dark, unknowable depths of the ocean. On the one hand, they are expressions of man’s noblest … Read More

Four Historical Lighthouses in Keelung #2

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Lighthouses have long had a unique hold on the human imagination. They are neither of the sea nor of the land. They exist in a liminal zone on the border between the elements, between the known world of houses, streets and hills and the dark, unknowable depths of the ocean. On the one hand, they are expressions of man’s noblest … Read More

Eight things to do on Heping Island

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There is so much to see and do in and around Keelung. The city itself is home to a lively fish market, bustling night markets and a long multicultural history. One place of particular interest is the lovely Heping Island. There are so many things to do on Heping Island. With its beautiful coastline, park and fort, it is worth … Read More

Keelung from a Scotsman’s Eyes

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Similarities in Faraway Places It is a rare wintry sunny morning in the oft rainy port town of Keelung. I ascend the rooftop of Keelung For A Walk, sticky aromas of coffee and cigarettes clinging around me as I gaze upon the hills that cradle the town and welcome in the sea air. The morning sun graces us with her presence like an … Read More

Keelung Culture: City’s red light district

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Just a few blocks down from Miaokou Night Market, you can find the red light district of Keelung. Here the lights are dim, storefronts are partially shuttered and people passing through walk hurriedly with umbrellas hiding their eyes. Rocky ledges of storefronts create a barrier to distance its owners from the street hustlers and scantily clad women; motorcycles zoom pass … Read More

Keelung Port: Out for a stroll

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Keelung port is undoubtedly the heart of Keelung. In summer, when it’s less hot in the evening or after dinner, you can take a walk along Maritime Plaza and enjoy the boats, the colors, and the lights on the water. It changes every few seconds, like a sort of disco for … Read More

The Window of Keelung Port: YM Oceanic Culture & Art Museum

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The window of Keelung is always facing the ocean, and over the past few centuries, the oceanic culture of the region has accumulated rich and diverse imprints and experiences. In the mid-nineteenth century (1863), Keelung Port opened, and it served an important role in the strategy and trade that attracted attention overseas. During the Japanese colonial period, Keelung Port was … Read More