By interns Grace Hu,
Meryl Kao, and Eden Wang
"Taiwan has always been at the heart of the Mando-pop world, and many popular songs started in Taiwan," said Tsai, who also expressed her hope that the center, which cost NT$6 billion (US$204.41 million), will help maintain Taiwan's status as a hub for pop music in Asia over the coming decades.
According to Tsai, the new center has the capacity to seat an audience of 6,000 and fills a gap in Taipei, which lacks a medium-sized venue between live houses and Taipei Arena.
"What you have established is the future of Taiwan's pop music," Tsai said when addressing staff at the center in Taipei's Nangang District, which took 17 years to plan and build.