The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB), MOTC completed the restoration of Keelung Port Memorial, a historic building, in October this year (2017), and also removed the moss on the slippery stone steps and wooden path to restore the trail to its original appearance, providing citizens with an ideal leisure environment.
Keelung Port Memorial is located at Alley 103, Zhongshan 3rd Rd., Zhongshan District, Keelung City, next to the mountain trail to Gaoyuan New Village, which starts from piers West No. 15 and No. 16 of Keelung Port. The memorial was built by the Japanese in 1930 in memory of the construction workers that died building West No. 16 pier when Keelung Port was first established. Keelung locals and historic site lovers are probably familiar with this exclusive scenic spot of Keelung Port and its story.
The MPB indicated that Keelung City Cultural Affairs Bureau took back the memorial in 2012 and began to manage the memorial by itself. The gap in the memorial seemed to widen after Typhoon Nari last year (2016), and the MPB immediately commissioned an architect, qualified to repair historic buildings as announced by the Bureau of Cultural Heritage, to repair and design improvements for the memorial and park area.
The MPB pointed out that similar to many scenic spots in the mountains and outdoors, Keelung Port Memorial Park's stone steps and wooden path have moss and stain damage due to the rainy and humid environment of Keelung. This increases the risk of visitors slipping and falling. The MPB repaired the memorial, built a retaining wall at the rise of the slope for stability, and then cleaned and painted protective paint on the trail to restore the park area to its original appearance.
Citizens are welcome to view the memorial on their way when visiting Keelung. Besides experiencing the history of Keelung Port, visitors can stand on the memorial's platform half way up the mountain to see the scenery of Keelung Port and truly experience the beauty of Keelung.