I had to run an errand in Kaohsiung last Wednesday, and after I finished, I checked out the city a bit as well.
This type of building is really popular in Taiwan. I don't know what to call it. Faux-Victorian style? I don't know enough about architecture to nail it down, but these buildings do always strike me as a little off.
How does Iron Man eat the food through his mask? Is that why he is staring at the chicken nugget? Is he just now realizing that he has no way to eat it?
This building looks like it could be a museum or something, but it's actually just a fancy-looking bank.
Now here's an actual museum. This is the Kaohsiung Museum of History. It was originally built during the Japanese period, and it served as the government building for Takao (Kaohsiung's former name). It continued to be the building for the city government after the Chinese Nationalists took over Taiwan up until 1992 when the government moved to a new building.
This building was the site of a major massacre during the 228 event. A lot of Taiwanese people involved in protesting against the government were killed here, so the museum's second floor is devoted to telling the history behind the 228 incident as it occurred in Kaohsiung.
This old tourist map in the museum appears to be from long enough ago that they still hadn't finished connecting the east coast railway with the rest of island's railways.
I've heard it argued that the Japanese government built impressive buildings like this in their Taiwan colony in order to impress the local populace with the government's power and wealth--thereby legitimizing their rule amongst local people--and to show off to the rest of the world how much Japan was investing in Taiwan--thereby legitimizing their rule over Taiwan on the international scene.建物の中は本当に豪華だ。日本時代に出来た政府の建物はだいたいこう言う感じだ。日本政府は台湾人に日本帝国の凄さを見せたかったわけでもあって、外国人に日本統治が台湾にどんなにいいかとアピールしたかったわけでもあった。
I couldn't get a better picture of this clock because it was too dim, and if I used my flash the reflection from the polished marble made the photo look even worse than this.
I love the green they chose for this building. It reminds me of weathered copper.
The second floor of the middle building looks kind of Japanese in style, but the columns on the first floor look like they were taken from a different building.
I actually kept sightseeing after this, and I went to the Former British Consulate in Takao. It's a beautiful, red-brick building on a cliff on the seaside, and I really wanted to get some nice photos of it, but my camera ran out of batteries just as I got there. Worst. Timing. Ever.