Happy 100th Birthday, Kaohsiung!
In 1920, the Government-General of Taiwan implemented an administrative regional reform. Tainan Chō, Banshoryō Chō, Hōzan Chō, Akō Chō were incorporated into the newly formed Kaohsiung Prefecture. "Takao" was officially changed to “Kaohsiung,” and 2020 marks Kaohsiung’s centennial renaming celebration!
To celebrate Kaohsiung's centennial birth, the Kaohsiung City Government has presented a series of "Kaohsiung 100" events since the end of 2019, telling our city’s story and the past 100 years’ changes in architecture, art and history. Let's look back on the history of Kaohsiung and look forward to the future!
Ongoing activities include:
1. The "Centennial Encounter" stages traditional shadow puppetry plays and classic plays in historical buildings around Kaohsiung.
2. "Architecture 100" invites famous architects to share stories behind the modern classic buildings in Kaohsiung, as well as providing tours of classic historical architecture guided by experts.
3. "Art 100 -- Kaohsiung Tour · Art" shares the power and beauty of public art in Kaohsiung over the past 100 years through lectures and field trips.
4. "Kaohsiung Literature: One Hundred Years of Elegance" integrates a series of activities such as a trans-boundary poetry salon and literature exhibition to explore Kaohsiung’s literary history.
In addition, we also plan book fairs, exhibitions, forums, special books and travel itineraries with Kaohsiung's centennial changes as a featured theme, showing the deep cultural charm of this southern city through a rich variety of activities!
Over the last century, Kaohsiung has continued to grow and evolve, from a Japanese southern base, to smokestack industrial city, to a creative cultural hub. "Kaohsiung 100" reviews the past, welcoming you to step back in time and see how Kaohsiung has changed over 100 years. Let’s follow the footsteps of our predecessors, cherish the present, and look forward to a future of infinite possibilities!