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Synapticism

An experiential journal of synchronicity and connection

Fēnyuán 芬園 is located on the eastern flank of the Baguashan Mountain Range, a modest line of hills that form a natural boundary at the eastern edge of Changhua 彰化. As such, it is somewhat isolated from the rest of the county, having more of a land connection with neighbouring Cǎotún 草屯 in Nantou and Wùfēng 霧峰 in Taichung 台中.

Fenyuan Town Hall 芬園庄役場

Fenyuan Town Hall 芬園庄役場
Fenyuan’s abandoned town hall from Japanese times.

Fenyuan Town Hall 芬園庄役場 is another example of neglected Japanese colonial era architecture in Taiwan 台灣. Built in 1935, this modest building was the administrative center of the village of Fēnyuán 芬園, located on the eastern edge of Changhua 彰化 back when it was part of Taichū Prefecture 臺中州. It survived the war and remained in use until 1994 when a newer town hall was built down the street. Art Deco flourishes and the rust-colored emblem over the entrance give Fenyuan’s old town hall a distinctive look. Nowadays it is derelict—but it seems likely that it will be restored and opened to the public some day.

Yumei Hall 玉美堂

Hong Family Mansion 洪氏洋樓
A Japanese colonial era mansion hidden in the trees in Fenyuan Township, Changhua.

Yùměi Hall 玉美堂, also known as known as Hóng Family Mansion 洪氏洋樓, is located in Jiālǎo Village 茄荖村, a small settlement on the eastern edge of Fēnyuán 芬園 in Changhua 彰化, Taiwan 台灣. Built in the late 1920s when the village was administered as part of Cǎotún 草屯 in Nantou, it is one of only a handful of “Western-style” country manors built in central Taiwan during the Japanese colonial period (see my post about Jùkuíjū 聚奎居 for another great example).