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The History of Kaohsiung
Introduction The Kaohsiung Museum of History, as a significant historical landmark in Kaohsiung, is to become an important portal for people to know more about this city. Its permanent exhibitions offer an excellent opportunity for Kaohsiung locals to understand their home, and, at the same time, visitors from other parts of Taiwan and international tourists can witness the efforts over the past century that have gone into building the city that Kaohsiung is today. They can also see the many different facets and scenes from the area as well as other topics of interest, such as how the river, harbor, and railway transformed Kaohsiung from a sleepy fishing village into a vibrant international port over more than a hundred years. A. Impressions of Kaohsiung Using the first polarizing mirror display of its kind in Taiwan, this section presents an exhibit of digital images for the most precious items from the Kaohsiung Museum of History collection. Can you catch a glimpse of any familiar faces in the archives? You are hereby invited to tell your own life story through these images. B. The History of Kaohsiung A high-quality 20-meter-wide immersive theater presents a ten-minute panoramic animation of Kaohsiung’s history. Taking you through the “Prehistoric Age,” “Koxinga’s Dynasty,” “Qing Dynasty,” “Japanese Era,” “Republican Period,” and “Contemporary Kaohsiung,” you can learn more about the city at various times in its history, offering vivid testimony to its progress. C. Kaohsiung by the Numbers Let’s use our fingers to find out the most and best about Kaohsiung via the interactive wall monitor. A learning card at the end of the display along with little-known side stories in the permanent exhibit are also waiting for you to discover them.
The Adventure of of Kao Xiaoxiong
On a sunny day, Kao Xiaoxiong and Kao Xiaomei participated in a field trip and they came to Kaohsiung Museum of History. In the process of searching for the toilet, the two siblings accidentally opened a magical door, met the chatter Kao Shibo, and under the magic of Kao Shibo, they began a century-long adventure through time and space. The Room is a space designed for children aged 5 or above and is suitable for parent-child experience activities. The Room is personified as a boy named Kao Xiao-xiong. He and his sister, Kao Xiao-mei, introduce Kaohsiung to everyone from the perspective of peers or friends, in order to get closer to children who come for a visit.
The Museum was the Kaohsiung City Office during the Japanese colonial period. After World War II, it was renamed Kaohsiung City Hall. It was also one of the major sites where the 228 Incident occurred. On March 6, 1947, with drizzles, the first gunshot by the government's suppression forces was heard right here, followed by a series of deaths. Therefore, the 228 Incident is one of the indelible collective memories for Kaohsiung citizens. Being one of the sites of this historic event, the Museum thus has high historical significance, and it is equally significant to display the ins and outs of that event. In light of its historical significance, Taiwan's first model for delineating the armed suppression in Kaohsiung was created and displayed in this exhibition, along with relevant artifacts. It is hoped that this exhibition can not only allow visitors to feel what it was like to be involved in the historic event, but will also enable them to understand and ponder over its uniqueness, controversies, and historical significance. This exhibition on the 228 Incident in a sense is meant to allow different perspectives to unfold and spark reflections through dialogues.