The Taoyuan Martyrs' Shrine

  • 04 March, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Time Traveler

There are a few places in Taiwan where layers of history come together in unexpected ways. Often, these are spots where buildings from one era are simple taken over and put to new uses in a later era. One of the most unusual examples of this historical recycling is in Taoyuan, in northern Taiwan. At the Taoyuan Martyrs’ Shrine, the two historical eras involved do more than just overlap- they clash. Today, we’re looking at a site where two successive- and deeply hostile- governments enshrined what mattered most to them.