War-torn Wuqiu Lighthouse was destroyed after attacks by allied powers in 1945 and the Chinese Civil War in 1948. In 1975, due to military necessity, the light was removed from the lighthouse and it was changed into an enclosed dome by the R.O.C. army; it was lowered to the current 17.6 meters from the original 19.2 meter height. The MPB will begin Phase 2 restorations to return the lighthouse to its former glory.
The MPB indicated that during Phase 1, the lighthouse sub-lights were re-lit on July 23 this year. The Wuqiu Lighthouse Lighting Restoration Event was held in the exhibition hall on the first floor of the Bureau, the afternoon of September 22. Many more stories and historical information were gathered to warm the place up for phase 2 renovations, and a bid to become a National Historic Monument.
History and culture researchers Kao Tan-Hua, Nien Chi-Cheng, and Li Kuo-Shou were invited to speak at the event. They shared their experiences from the Wuqiu Lighthouse relighting and restoration process, historical stories, local characteristics, and old Wuqiu military videos shot by Public Television Station's Chou Pei-Ning and Wu Chih-Hung. Little-known stories about Wuqiu Lighthouse were shared with the event attendees.
Wuqiu Island, located far offshore, is difficult to reach and is in a military-controlled zone, which makes it hard for the general public to approach. Its black exterior cloaks it under a veil of mystery; after more than sixty years of inactivity, the relighting is gradually unveiling its secrets and generating wide attention.
The MPB indicated that the event today will garner enthusiasm and an even greater number of lighthouse stories. Professional teams have been commissioned to restore the lighthouse to its formal glory, so that it may return to its full height of 70 years ago. Reference document research is underway, so that Wuqiu Lighthouse will follow in the footsteps of Matsu Dongguang Lighthouse and Dongyong Lighthouse by becoming a National Historic Monument.