‘Sleepovers’ at Presidential Office

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 13, 2019
By: Su Yung-yao and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The Presidential Office Building is at the center of a new tourism development program, with foreigners

General Association of Chinese Culture deputy secretary-general Lee Hou-ching announces the “Spend a Night at Taiwan’s Presidential Office Building” program at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

being offered a chance to spend the night in the building’s compound and become an “ambassador for Taiwan.”

The “Spend a Night at Taiwan’s Presidential Office Building” program is aimed at changing the building’s image as a former symbol of authoritarianism to mark its 100th anniversary and promoting Taiwan as “one of the friendliest nations in the world, the General Association of Chinese Culture (GACC), which is organizing the program, said in a statement.

The program “is the first of its kind in the world and demonstrates Taiwan’s democracy, freedom and openness,” Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang (張惇涵) said.

Applicants must be older than 20 and must make a video explaining why they want to visit Taiwan, what it is about Taiwan that attracts them and why they should be selected, Chang said.

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