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The renovation of the Baoding Art and Cultural Center included the removal of the surrounding wall to give the park a more open functionality and character. With its greenery and classic buildings, the park has an elegant landscape. The buildings’ interiors are well-made and comfortable. The spaces now contain a small art gallery, a meeting room for art and cultural groups, an art and literature archive, and more. The courtyard also has a small exhibition hall for art exhibitions. Located right in the center of Taitung City, the venue attracts many people to stop by and it has become an important platform for cultural and creative exhibitions in Taitung. It not only contributes to the beauty of the city, but also serves as a space for Taitung residents to unwind and for the little ones to play. Whether as an archive, exhibition, space, or meeting venue, the Baoding Art and Cultural Center has something to offer to art creators and art lovers alike.
The rise of Japanese-style official residences along Taitung’s streets
In 1913, during the Japanese occupation period, the city hall implemented a plan to change Beinan District, which laid the scope for the Beinan market area. In 1919, Beinan Street was renamed Taitung Street, and the area was divided into Beiding, Xinding, Baoding, Ringing and Nanding, in what is today’s East District.
At the time, the Governor-General's Office of Taiwan, had recruited a large number of civil servants and technicians from all over Japan to Taiwan to manage the colony. These civil and military officials, far away from home, initially lived in buildings from the Qing Dynasty or in buildings rented out or donated by business and wealthy families. However, unaccustomed to the subtropical climate, those Japanese expatriates felt ill at ease in these old and cramped buildings, where they often had to share facilities and even bedrooms with many others. Troubles galore. Therefore, the Governor-General's Office of Taiwan began to build dormitories and residences suitable for the Japanese civil servants.