The glass building at Taipei Circle is to be torn down to clear the way for a new park and historic attraction
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taipei Circle, also known as Chien-Cheng Circle (建成圓環), is being demolished by the city after falling
into disuse for a decade.
Situated in the Datong District of Taipei, the current glass structure is to be razed at the cost of NT$2.5 million (US$78,304) and work will be completed in February, according to the Taipei Market Administration Office.
The glass building will make way for a park and an old reservoir below dating to the Second World War is to be preserved.
Plans for a roundabout between Nanjing West Road (南京西路) and Chongqing North Road (重慶北路), date back to 1899 during the Japanese colonial era, when it was originally designed to serve as a fish pond. In 1908, the Japanese government planted trees and converted it into a park, street food vendors started setting rolling in their carts to seek customers traversing in the bustling nexus of roads. As vendors and customers increasingly flocked to the areas, it soon evolved into the most popular night market in northern Taiwan. [FULL STORY]