This blog was created for USASTRATCOM Long Lines Battalion Army personnel who served in Taiwan during the 1965-72 time frame. Specifically, those who lived and worked in and around Taipei are the target. If you worked at the Grass Mountain or Gold Mountain facilities or anywhere in downtown Taipei, we would like to hear from you. All are welcome to visit and contribute to this blog. Your comments and pictures are encouraged.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Kenting National Park, Taiwan

This blog has always welcomed pictures and stories from folks who lived and served in Taiwan. This would be south of Kaohsiung in this post.

 A picture from the late 1960s prompted some research in order to understand where this picture was taken, and what has become of it.

So, we start with a picture and proceed from there.

This statue of Chiang Kai-shek was located in a place called Oluampi Park. The picture was taken around 1968-69.

So, the question became where this park was and why is the statue there.

In the late 1960s, this was the main road to Oluampi (Eulanbi) Park.

Here is the same statue as in the picture above, but the photo was taken in 1998.

The characters say that here is one of Taiwan's eight magnificent sceneries. It is right there, near Chiang's statue.

Unfortunately, my romantic illusion that this was an old WWII Japanese gun emplacement was slightly off.

Actually it is a sign that  proclaims that this is Oluampi (Eluanbi) Park. 

Then, a reference was made regarding Kenting National Park.

It is the southernmost park in Taiwan. Within its boundaries is Eluanbi Park. To see a beautiful flyover of Kenting Park, click HERE

Near the end of the film, the plane flies over the Eluanbi Lighthouse.

Still  functioning, the Eluanbi Lighthouse is also a very famous tourist attraction. The light beam can be seen some 25 miles out.

To see a short film of the lighthouse and surrounding area, click HERE. 

So, here is the Oluampi Park that Marvin saw in 1968. It is now part of Kenting Park. Look closely and you can see the statue of Chiang Kai-shek.

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