Exhibitions / Events
Behind the scenes：Discover History in the vision —History of Kaohsiung VR Theater Experience
Prologue A century after “Takao” was renamed “Kaohsiung,” we are launching an exhibition that breaks the mold of traditional and rather flat historical writing. Through modern virtual reality (VR), the exhibition aims to bring the audience into history itself with brand new visual experiences. When putting on the VR headset, the user is transformed into a time traveler who departs from the ancient Laonong River Valley, witnesses the prosperous Hamasen City 100 years ago, and experiences the feelings of helplessness during an air raid. The user then continues his/her journey into the revival of Kaohsiung after the war and feels the pulse of the City up close.
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.
Dance with the Land —Kaohsiung Exhibition: Niaosong & Renwu
Preface Niaosong District and Renwu District have long been important transportation hubs in Kaohsiung. In recent decades, their long-standing history and rich culture have been affected by rapid industrial development, leading to an unprecedented shift in the traditional lifestyle and environment in both places. The development of these settlements is facing challenges, manifested by the ambiguous mix of agricultural and industrial sectors. While pursuing development and land sustainability are equally important, how do we find a balance between the two? First, let us navigate through this “region of water.” New Energy under the Sea Fig Tree Lying east of Niaosong, Hushan District boasts wonderful scenery. Also, its proximity to the city center attracts an influx of people. While the west district went through rapid urbanization, the east part still keeps some land. Attracting many small-scale factories, Niaosong is a mix of agricultural and industrial sectors and has a wide variety of business types. From building housing to life experience, the place is even capable of providing its own food. A unique balance is found between the industrial development and nature here. Furthermore, there is a group of people trying to reverse the fate of the land and transform Niaosong into an eco-village that combines ecology, daily necessity, and vigor. New Satellite City with Rich Culture and Industries After the 1970s, Renwu transformed from a farming town into an industrialized city. The land no longer grows crops; instead, factories and concrete buildings came along, becoming the main landscape now. Also, due to its proximity to the city center and jobs provided by local factories, the population has grown exponentially, resulting in more mature residential planning and a process of transition to a satellite city with convenient means of transport.
Past and Present of Taiwan’s First Cement Plant
The development of Taiwan’s modern cement industry began with Asano Cement Co. The rich limestone resource on Shoushan gave rise to the close relationship between this soil and the cement industry, which continued until the Taiwan Cement Corporation in the post-war era, lasting for approximately 75 years; when the government banned the mining right in western Taiwan, the oldest cement factory in Taiwan had come to a temporary end. However, stopping the mining of Taiwan Cement Kaohsiung Factory marked a new beginning. Looking back at the ensuing developments, in 2011, Shoushan National Nature Park was established under the efforts of local organizations and government agencies; Taiwan Cement Corporation provided a piece of property for the construction of Chaishan Flood Park to mitigate the local issue of flooding; the excavation of the Qijiao Site in Gushan revealed the remains of ancient settlers; and the conservation of lime kilns and red-brick warehouse sustained the memory of the cement industry. The transformation after the prosperity of the cement industry allows the natural and cultural charms of this earth to resurface. Are there more possibilities for the relationship between resources development and environment and culture?
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.