This was just before Major Betty's was pointed out in the general direction of the President Hotel. Welcome to Taipei, G.I.
For the next 2 1/2 months, this place was my starting point each evening we were in Taipei. It was a good atmosphere for everyone since it was the center for R and R.
Altercations were few, the band was good, the spaghetti was excellent and the stag bar in the front was my destination. It was there I renewed my love for pinball.
Favorite songs played there were Eddie Floyd's Knock On Wood and Sam and Dave's Hold On I'm Comin' and Soul Man.
There had been postings about the Sea Dragon Club but its exact location and purpose seemed to be in doubt.
Kent Mathieu posted this photo on his taipeiairstation.blogspot.com on May 31, 2010. This led to Kent taking his video camera and discovering the old location.
Where the young man is standing are the two pillars which were the club entrance from the back.
Once in, you would immediately go up the steps to the club. The band was plastered against what would be the south wall of the place. The dance floor was adequate.
As stated before, this was the R and R center. It was here that the men on leave registered. Then, the orchestrated exit of each man began.
I was there one night when this weekly ritual took place. On the following film, you will get a quick glimpse of a soldier emerging from the back of the club.
A young kid would grab his gear and lead him to an awaiting taxi. Once in, the soldier is rushed off to a hotel. After that, his 5 days of R and R would begin.
It was fascinating to watch. Just remember that the guys on the bus are now over 60!
So, here is Holiday From Hell-Part 2. Just CLICK HERE.
Well, the sign was that of an art gallery which still seems innocent enough.
What was discovered later was that the top floor of this building was a locally famous massage parlor.
As mentioned before, Kent Mathieu filmed the old location of the Sea Dragon Club and its surroundings now.
For video 1 click HERE.
The coordinates for the club are on the picture above.
The map above by Kent shows much more than the location of the old Sea Dragon Club. For his second video click HERE.
The picture and crude drawing attempts to show the entrance and alley shown in the first two pictures in this posting.
The alley in the second picture of this posting empties out onto FuShun Street.
From here, it's just a short walk to the intersection of Chung Shan North Road and Min Chuan West Road.
To see the end of Kent's journey and the old 77 Club building, click HERE.