Past and Present of Taiwan’s First Cement Plant
- 2019.12.18 ~ 2021.01.10
- History Classroom on 2nd Floor
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?