Living in the old part of Taichung city we have been constantly asked by our friends from out of the city "where can they go or that is their to do?" Well, quite honestly it is hard to point out a place that would really satisfy visitors in the old city, except bars, restaurants, and motels, especialy for the younger energetic generation.
One day my husband and I ended up hosting two young boy both 11 years old for one day. We gave them some destinations to choose for the day with us. "Been there and done that" was the most answer that we got from them. Finally when I mentioned the 921 Earthquake Museum, it caught their attention because they hadn't been there yet. They both were highly interested in the learning of the magnitude 7.3 earthquake. Well our problem was solved and also it was not too far from old Taichung city.
|This picture was taken from the country side on our|
way to the museum. It took us about 30 minutes
driving to Wufang which is on the outskirt
of the old Taichung city.
Geologically Taiwan is located on Pacific Ring of Fire. There are tremors occuring everyday which is the usual pattern and people sometimes feel or don't feel the tremors. In Sept. 21 of 1999 a devastating earthquake with the magnitude of 7.3 struck the central island of Taiwan which caused tremendous damages to building and homes and life loss and the psychological fear of it happening again. In 2001, the government decided to turn the formal Kwangfu Junior High School campus in Wufang which was severely hit by the earthquake into a earthquake museum to show and educate people about the disaster.
|The museum has two parking lots. We parked at|
the north side parking lot which doesn't show on its
official website. The layout of the museum was
taken from the north side.
|After we passed the first and second hall, we came|
across a courtyard with some installation arts. Also
we saw the major buildings destroyed. It used to be
classrooms and now a site for people to see the power
of a natural disaster.
|Our first stop|
|There were two theaters which one the 3D theater|
and two the Earthquake Experience Theater. There were
two different movies. Schedule and visitor limitation
were listed in this picture.
|We didn't get here in time for the first |
schedule. So we had to wait for a while.
|During our waiting, kids found some educational |
computer interactive program machines to play
with. It was good for them to kill time while
waiting for the next schedule .
|After a short waiting period of time, we were led to |
this earthquake experimental room which was set up
as a living room. We were asked to sit down.
|The game was going to start soon.|
|The shock was not real scary as the real earthquake|
because we knew when it would start and we knew
we would be safe without any harm during the shake.
Anyway kids had fun during the movement was our
|Three handsome men in the 3D theater with their |
thump up. We watched 2 movies and both were good.
The movies were free admissions.
|This interactive display showed people the different |
damages between the tall building and short building
in different degrees of earthquakes.
|This was another interactive platform.|
|The construction engineering support methods were|
applied in the collapsed building which allowed us
to walk under the building safely.
|This picture was taken at the Earthquake Science |
Theme area which was a portion of the first hall of
Chelungpu Fault Gallery. It included 6 different
interactive subjects and the photo display of
the scenes after the quake.
|One of the 6 different interactive subjects|
|Visitors can reach the outdoor area which used to|
be the athletic field of the formal junior high school
from the Earthquake Science Theme area.
|This map explains all earthquake|
faults distributed in Taiwan.
|This pile of dirt was excavated from the earthquake |
site to educate people about the earth stratum and
the earthquake force.
|The museum also adapts some ecological methods|
in its structures and surrounding environment.
|We were in the Disaster Prevention Hall.|
This wall displayed several legend floods,
stories in various ethnic and religious
|Another interactive game for kids to|
learn natural sciences.
|Can you take a guess what is this? No it's not a bomb shelter.|
It is a restroom.
|Accident Prevention--Journal to the West Hall|
|These two kids had a great time there and we didn't|
have to worry about safety issue. Sometimes
we had to explain to them about the meanings of the
games or the displays.
|Learning the sound conduction!|
|They were circling Chinese idioms in order to exchange|
souvenirs which was sponsored by the museum.
|He was waiting for the volunteer to check on his|
answer for the souvenir.