College English teaching, fun aspects of Taiwanese culture ---
An American living in southern Taiwan
Have you been to the Statue of Liberty in Keelung? I lived there for a long time.....but I have never been up there.....I cannot find a way to......
Right, I don't think people are supposed to get up there :)Thanks for commenting. I only went to Keelung one time and that was last summer.
TaiwanThere are at least two Statue of Liberty replicas (greater than 30 feet) in Taiwan. These two statues are in the cities of Keelung and Taipei. Here are two photos for reference. A replica of the torch was created for the last scene of the 1968 film Planet of the Apes, and this torch was later used in the last episode of the TV series Lost in Space, titled "Junkyard of Space".
There are other smaller replicas on rooftops of love hotels and motels across Taiwan, with over 50 spotted so far. In addition, there is a smaller replica in Chiayi City, now repainted in fine white paint with a new crown on seven rayson her head after being weatherbeaten for over ten years due to autumn and summer typhoons which brokethree of the rays off and her turned her once-white coat into a drab grey. [Now all fixed. See above.]
Wednesday, January 12, 2011自由女神穿新衣 - The "Statue of Liberty" refurbished and cleaned and repainted with new crown in Chiayi City, Taiwan -- January 10, 2011 自由女神穿新衣 - Dan Bloom's Roving Adventures in South Taiwan (2011) - published in Liberty Times newspaper, reported by Irma Yu, January 8, 2011, in Chinese-language edition onlyBEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS: The before photo from this websitehttp://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/static.panoramio.com/photos/original/31373180.jpgshows the statue in 2010 with three broken points in her crown and a dirty, weatherbeaten exteriorcoat.THE NEW AFTER PHOTO by Irma Yu of the Liberty Times shows the Statue of Liberty afterthe local DPP office called the Lion's Club on behalf of one petitioning expat who spent 5 yearstrying to get the city to pay attention to the typhoon-struck and weatherbeaten "Freedom Godddess" firsterected by the Chiayi City Lions Club in 1985 or so. Now in 2011, she is all cleaned with a new paint of white and a new crown. BRAVO and thank you DPP and Lions Club!EARLIER OLDER PHOTOhttp://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/c1b32/Chiayi's Lady Liberty, strides high atop a traffic circle on the entrance into town from Highway 1. It is like a shining beacon for those who value freedom everywhere:... "Give me your tired, your poor, your hungry, your huddled masses ...." -- I am told that there is a replica somewhere in New York....
Ok - Dan, thanks for the interesting info and for posting here. I'll check out the Chiayi one someday. :D
are there any replicas in Pintung or Kaohsiung that you have spotted, large or small? -- dan自由女神穿新衣 - Dan Bloom's Roving Adventures in South Taiwan (2011) - published in Liberty Times newspaper, reported by Irma Yu, January 8, 2011, in Chinese-language edition only - http://pcofftherails101.blogspot.com/2011/01/statue-of-liberty-refurbished-and.html
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