By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Repair and restoration of 34 historical sites damaged by the Feb. 6 earthquake was initially estimated to cost NT$520 million, Minister of Culture Hung Meng-chi said on Monday.
Twenty-three of the 34 damaged historical sites are located in the city of Tainan, with the State Temple of the Martial God and the Tainan Confucian Temple being the most severe cases, Hung said.
The Ministry of Culture dispatched a cultural heritage emergency team on the same day of the earthquake to assist in inspecting the structures of the damaged historical sites and their strengthening, the minister said.
On the next day, fences that were more likely to collapse were strengthened, and those looked ready to crumble, such as the drum tower of the Wind God Temple, were cordoned off for safety concern, Hung added. [FULL STORY]