During his address, Ko pointed out that Beitou is a very interesting place boasting natural ecological sights and a history rising from its hot spring culture. Furthermore, the deeply-rooted civic involvement of the local community is an important key for making Beitou a unique place in terms of culture. He pointed out that the success of the Beitou City Museum depends upon whether the “life” and “stories” of historical buildings in the neighborhood can be brought to life.
Noting that in addition to Dadaocheng, Ko said the other city museums of Taipei include central city, south city, Bangka, and Beitou. He added that the origin of the city museum is Beitou, when then-city councilor Wu Su-yao encouraged him to visit the district. After visiting several times, he discovered that in addition to hot spring resorts, there are many things in terms of ecological landscape, history, and culture. He recalled that “Young Marshall” Zhang Xueliang resided in the area for many years, and it is also the place where Japanese kamikaze pilots stayed at before departing on their mission.
The mayor noted that the first step toward organizing the Beitou City Museum is to gather all city agencies with Deputy Mayor Lin as the committee head. An important stage of completion for related constructions is slated for October, and he is here to inspect the results.
Pointing out that the Beitou Hot Spring Museum used to be the largest public bath in East Asia, Ko stressed that the preservation of the facility is a witness to the strength of the civic society of Beitou. The people transformed a deserted site into a vibrant tourist attraction over two decades’ time. He recalled that the facility was temporarily closed for overhaul after Musician Chen Ming-chang finished his yueqin performance in 2017. The project cost the city government NT$24 million, and the facility will reopen on October 27.
In addition, the Hydraulic Engineering Office has also conducted strengthening operations for the riverbanks and channel of Beitou Creek, while the Parks and Street Lights Office carried out improvements for the two major parks in the area, including the entrance plaza and hot spring walkway at Beitou Park and the hotspring wash basin and landscaping of Qixing Park. While the entrance plaza of MRT Xinbeitou Station received a facelift, the first phase of reinstallation for the former Beitou Train Station building has also been completed, with completion for phase 2 slated for June of 2019.