Presidential Office opens to public

The Presidential Office opened its new permanent exhibition on Sunday, the first time a section of the office building has been open to public since the new government took office on May 20.

The new exhibition with the theme of "Power to the People" opened in the office's renovated permanent exhibition space during a ceremony hosted by Lin Bih-jaw (???), secretary general of the Presidential Office.

Although the office building was set to open at 9 a.m., visitors lined up around 7 a.m. to enter the building.

As of 10 a.m., the number of visitors has breached the 1,000 mark.

A man from Hukou in Hsinchu County, surnamed Peng, was the first visitor. He said he had departed from his home at 4 a.m.

A woman, surnamed Hsu, who described herself as a "super fan" of President Tsai Ing-wen (???), said she left her home around 6 a.m. and this was her first time to visit the Presidential Office Building. She was looking forward to meeting Tsai later that day, if the chance emerged, Hsu said.

In addition, some visitors came from China, with one leaving a message on a post-it note expressing the hope for increasingly warm cross-Taiwan Strait relations and some wrote "the 1992 consensus," and "wishing for reunification across the strait."

The "1992 consensus" as perceived by the previous Kuomintang administration refers to a tacit agreement on "one China" between the two sides of the strait with each side free to interpret its meaning. However, Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party do not recognize its existence.

The Presidential Office's exhibition on Taiwan's democracy features a new creative interior design and a number of artworks.

The exhibit was divided into seven categories, including the construction and evolution of the building's structure, daily operations featuring a desk used by previous presidents, and historic documents and photos chronicling what Taiwan's presidents have done for the people and the development of democracy. Also featured are audio recordings of protests, chanting, and marches, as well as the inauguration speeches of Taiwan's presidents.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel