Abandoned military barracks in S. Taiwan reopens to public after 20 years

Redevelopment project preserved original green tree tunnel, ecology, military buildings to create multifunctional spaces

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/03/08
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Tainan City Government photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An army barracks in the southwestern city of Tainan reopened to the public on Sunday (March 8) after the completion of a project to rezone and redevelop it following years of desertion, CNA reported.

According to Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲), the Army abandoned the Changsheng Barracks (長勝營區) in 1999, and the redevelopment project has preserved the original military facilities, surrounding ecology, and tunnel of trees to create multifunctional open spaces.

The mayor said that the redeveloped Changsheng Barracks now serves as a recreational environment with excellent public facilities and as floodwater detention and retention basin. As it is located near National Highway 1, the barracks will become a new landmark and attraction for the city's Xinying District, he added.

"The green tree tunnel, in particular, was actually grown by the military to provide cover to tanks in the early years,” according to the Travel Tainan website. “Today, the Changsheng Barracks green tree tunnel is a shaded boulevard lined by fig trees forming a rare U-shaped green tunnel.”    [FULL  STORY]

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