To repair the historic monuments damaged by the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Taiwan on Feb. 6, Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi (洪孟啟) has assigned the Bureau of Cultural Heritage to draft restoration plans with local governments in southern Taiwan.
A cultural asset response team formed by the Bureau of Cultural Heritage had begun a full-scale investigation and evaluation of damaged monuments on the day when the earthquake occurred.
A total of 34 historic sites in the cities of Chiayi, Tainan, and Kaohsiung are damaged, including thirteen national historic monuments, nineteen city/county-designated historic sites, one historic building, and one settlement site.
Among them, the Xingang Shuexian Temple (新港水仙宮), the Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple (祈典武廟), the Taiwan Confucian Temple (孔子廟), the Temple of Five Concubines (五妃廟), the National Museum of Taiwan Literature, the Fengshen Temple (風神廟), the Shanhua Qing An Temple (善化慶安宮), the Octagon Building in Yanshui (鹽水八角樓), the Jiang's Ancient Home in Lutaoyang (鹿陶洋江家聚落), and the Jhumen Power Plant (竹仔門電廠) are seriously damaged.
Minister Hung noted that some emergency protection conducted with professional assistance have already been applied to certain damaged temples. Following repair works will be evaluated and carried out as soon as possible.
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