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In 2002, the Sintung Sugar Factory was officially listed as a historic building and became the Sintung Sugar Factory Cultural Park. As the Taitung County Government intended to develop a new tourism belt along the East Coast, the Sintung Sugar Factory Cultural Park was seen as the right initiative at the right place. The Dulan Mountain Art Festival held here has gained recognition.
A new sugar corporation opens a new chapter for the brown sugar industry
Sugar. The human body needs it, and people love the taste. During the Japanese occupation period (1895-1945), the sugar industry boomed. The Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan promulgated the Taiwan Sugar Industry Incentives Regulations, which set a policy of vigorous development of the sugar industry by improving sugarcane varieties and setting up modern sugar factories. The specially established Taiwan Sugar Railways were to replace the ox-cart transportation network dating back to the Qing Dynasty days. In addition, the Governor-General's Office implemented three major support measures, namely, financial assistance, designation of regions for sugarcane production, and market protection. The Japanese capitalists were therefore competing to invest in the lucrative sugar industry, which became a major industry in Taiwan during the Japanese occupation.
Sintung Culture Park Becomes Art and Lohas Hotspot on the East Coast
In 2001, Taiwanese and foreign artists who lived and worked in Dulan became very interested in the independent warehouses of the Sintung Sugar Factory. They felt the place was suitable for art studios and exhibition spaces, so they proposed renting it. The factory was willing to give it a try and rented out its offices and warehouses to the artists. Besides using the spaces for art creation, exhibitions, and performances, they also opened some eateries, craft stores, etc. Artists like Siki Sufin, Rahic Talif, and Hana set up studios in the sugar factory, while Warehouses No. 2, 3, 4, were repurposed as exhibition spaces. Other spaces were taken up by Highway 11 Studio, Dulan, The Little House, Alrightee, and Sugar Café.