PRE-WAR HISTORY: The police station is known as the place where authorities held Chiang Wei-shui, an important figure in Taiwan’s 1920s cultural movement
Date: Feb 09, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA
Once a police station, the Taiwan New Cultural Movement Memorial Hall now attracts day
trippers, who go there mainly to see a detention center and torture chamber that were housed in the building’s dingy interior.
Built in 1933 during the Japanese colonial era, the baroque-style building on Ningxia Road in Taipei’s Datong District (大同) was nothing special, said a police officer who worked there for 12 years before moving to a new precinct nearby.
During the Japanese colonial era it was the Taipei North Police Station and after World War II it became Datong Police Station, which was staffed by about 200 officers crowded into the drab interior, the officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Files were stacked haphazardly everywhere and noises from the street penetrated the walls day and night, he said. [FULL STORY]