Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi (洪孟啟) visited Tainan City on Feb. 11 with Tainan City Cultural Affairs Bureau Director Yeh Ze-shan (葉澤山) and Legislator Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃), to investigate the historic monuments damaged by the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Taiwan on Feb. 6.
Minister Hung noted that the Ministry of Culture will focus on three major repair works. Firstly, to evaluate the structural safety of the monuments; secondly, to apply further protection; and thirdly, to reinforce checkup and repair works.
The investigation of damaged monuments included the Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple (祈典武廟), the Grand Matsu Temple (大天后宮), the Taiwan Confucian Temple (孔子廟), the National Museum of Taiwan Literature, the Fengshen Temple (風神廟), and the Da Guan Yin Ting Xing Ji Gong (大觀音亭興濟宮).
Legislator Chen noted that the historic monuments in Tainan were seriously damaged, including the collapse of pillars and appearance of large cracks in walls.
The Ministry of Culture will support the Tainan Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage and the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Tainan City in repairing and preserving historic monuments.
The Taichung-based Bureau of Cultural Heritage also noted that the investigation of damaged historic monuments in other southern cities will begin on Feb. 13. Fortification and protection aid will be applied accordingly and a cultural asset response team will provide the necessary services.
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