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The historical houses and western-style buildings left on the four southern islands of Penghu have unique architectural styles. However, most of the residents had moved to other places, and most of the buildings have been neglected and are gradually collapsing. The Marine National Park Headquarters (hereinafter referred to as the MNPH) makes regulations- Maintenance Reward and Subsidy for Traditional Architectural Types in South Penghu Marine National Park” to encourage residents to preserve and maintain traditional houses. Those who meet the relevant conditions for repairs, new constructions, additions, reconstructions, or constructions are encouraged to apply for subsidies. This subsides is helpful to reduce the burden of renovating old houses and to preserve the memories of the villages by collaborating with the government.

The island settlements are quaint. The damaged buildings are needed to be repaired

The settlements began to form in the middle of the 19th century in the islets including Dongjiyu, Xijiyu, Donyupingyu, and Xiyupingyu where are located to the east of the four southern islands of Penghu. These residents mainly migrated to Wangan from Quanzhou, Kinmen, and other places in the first beginning, and then migrated to four islands later.

These settlements are mostly located on the saddle of a hill close to the sea and evolved spatial arrangements in consideration of transportation, religious belief, housing, and livelihoods.

There were traditional courtyard-style houses built up with brick and cement. Penghu’s abundant coral reef (corals stone) and basalt were applied as building materials as well. Some buildings on Dongji Island embody the gate towers in the form and decoration of the Baroque style and become exquisite western-style houses. However, due to the transformation of industries, the young population had moved out leaving only a small number of permanent residents on the island.

The remaining historical buildings have been left unoccupied for a long time. Coupled with factors such as complicated inheritance of property rights, personal use needs, and different economic conditions, most of them are neglected and are collapsing. The restoration of buildings is required to preserve the precious cultural landscape.

Encourage residents to repair and Participate in the preservation and maintenance of traditional buildings

To encourage residents to maintain traditional buildings and make the settlement culture sustainable. The residents can repair their buildings and  apply subsidy from the MNPH.

Traditional Hokkien-style architecture in the eastern-western mixed style with local cultural features can be subsidized to a maximum of NT 3 million. New, additional, reconstructed, or restored buildings integrating with traditional architectural elements in the local culture style can be subsidized to a maximum of NT$1.5million.

The funds raised by applicants shall not be lower than 50% of the total construction costs of the subsidized project. This project can reduce the pressure of applicants on the self-raising repair funds.  Until recently, the restorations of two traditional buildings have been completed. These two houses will stand up on the island to demonstrate the changes of times for visitors.

Historical buildings lack maintaining, government promotes repair projects

The traditional villages on the Four Islands of Southern Penghu seem to be left on the shore in the remoted island like a piece of frozen time, but the buildings are hard to withstand the weathering processes. The National parks will continue to promote preservation and activation of historical buildings so that more people can experience this beautiful scenery. This promotes both the quality of environmental experience and the economic development of the community.

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Traditional Western-style architecture of Dongjiyu

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Traditional courtyard buildings nestled in a saddle of a hill in Dongyuping

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The president of elementary school Mr.Xu in Dongjiyu has donated his former house to the MNPH which is planned to be restored by a professional team

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The house of No. 61 in Dongjiyu has been repaired by the owner, and currently is used as a homestay house

Published: Jun 30,2021