Old Xinbeitou train station reappears in Taipei

Taipei--The main building of the old Xinbeitou train station was reopened near its original site in Taipei's Beitou District on Saturday, 26 years after it was dismantled and removed to Changhua County.

To celebrate the station's return, a parade, a four-day fair, a three-day music festival and other events will be held at Qixing Park, where the station building is now located, Taipei's Department of Cultural Affairs said.

Built in 1916, the train station building was dismantled in 1988 to make way for the Xinbeitou metro station.

The structure was later purchased by the operator of the Taiwan Folk Village in Changhua, after which it was reassembled and exhibited at the village.

In response to efforts by Beitou residents to recover the station, its owner agreed in 2013 to donate it to the Taipei City government.

The structure now seen at Qixing Park was reassembled for the second time with some 70 percent of old materials.

The building is now a gallery that exhibits the history of Beitou, and it will be open every day except Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To celebrate its return to Beitou, the station will be open until 9 p.m. between April 1 and April 3.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel