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English/Chinese

  Literature is the soul of culture, the foundation of cultivation of the humanities. Here in Kaohsiung city, we have a literature museum named after the city, which is the only one of its kind in Taiwan. Like in Japan, where there are about five hundred cultural centers designated to literature, we also have literary institutions in many parts of Taiwan. These include the National Museum of Taiwanese Literature in Tainan city, the Zhong Lihe Memorial Hall as the literary center in Meinong, the Lai He Memorial Hall as the literary museum in Changhua city, dedicated to the father of Taiwanese modern literature, the Yang Kui Memorial Hall as the literary museum in Xinhua, Tainan, and finally, the fifth institution, with a focus on the literature of the city—the Kaohsiung Literary Museum.
  
  Taiwan is located in a key area where the East meets the West. On 5 May, 1864, Takau (the former name of Kaohsiung) was officially opened to the West as a trade port and a custom office was set up. Since then, Kaohsiung has become an important center of international relations and interaction—Taiwan’s window to the world. Today Kaohsiung is a cosmopolitan city, and Taiwan has its place on the world stage. With its unique historical background and varied geographical features, Kaohsiung has developed a remarkably diverse culture, thus providing a rich soil for Taiwanese and Kaohsiung literature.
  
  Kaohsiung Literary Museum is located in an important area of cultural, educational and commercial complex in Kaohusiung city. It is neighboring the green of Central Park region and adjacent to the well-known Urban Spotlight Arcade. Extending from the museum is the Love River bank where the coffee aroma and artistic atmosphere always lingers. Other than cultural environment, the museum is also close to the Shinkuchan shopping area, where the nearby Isetan Talee’s and Hanshin department stores attract visitors coming and going in a continuous stream. As to the transportation, the Red Line R9 station (Central Park) of MRT is located in the park, which provides convenient access to the museum. Considering the surroundings, it is clear that the establishment of Kaohsiung Literary Museum presents Kaohsiung city as a graceful literary stage. Furthermore, the location of the museum makes it the best spot to portray the lives and culture of Kaohsiung citizens.
  The architecture of the museum, which used to be a library since 1954, is a two-floored classic structure. In 2003, a plan was set in motion by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs Kaohsiung City Government, aiming at the development of esthetics of the urban space in Kaohsiung. As part of that plan, and in accordance with the directives of the Council for Cultural Affairs’ strategy for the improvement of public library space, the second building of the original Kaohsiung Public Library was transformed into a building which contains and incorporates reading spaces, all aspects of literary creativity, and cultural and recreational functions. Inside the museum, there are arts salons where authors and readers enjoy the opportunities to exchange and discuss their ideas. Through the space, it provides Kaohsiung citizens with great inspirations for literature.
   


配合館舍典雅建築特色,讓讀者進入館內,恍如進入書中世界 配合館舍典雅建築特色,讓讀者進入館內,恍如進入書中世界
主題展示區提供對文學創作或發展有特殊貢獻的高雄作家文物展示空間 主題展示區提供對文學創作或發展有特殊貢獻的高雄作家文物展示空間
高雄作家資料專區 高雄作家資料專區
高雄文學年表 高雄文學年表
駐館作家演講 駐館作家演講