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Synapticism

An experiential journal of synchronicity and connection

Tianzhong 田中

Tiánzhōng 田中 is an old township located in southeast Changhua 彰化.

Bafen Catholic Church 八分天主堂

Bafen Catholic Church 八分天主堂
An old Catholic Church next to the highway in rural Changhua.

In late November of last year I was riding through southern Changhua 彰化 on my way to Běidǒu 北斗 when I noticed an unusually old building at the side of the highway. With a little research I puzzled out this is the obscure Bāfēn Catholic Church 八分天主堂, a parish dating back to 1906 and located in Méizhōu Village 梅州里 on the western outskirts of Tianzhong. I haven’t found any primary source material establishing its age—but the style of the church reminds me of Zhongshan Hall 中山堂 (originally Ershui Public Hall 二水公會堂) in neighbouring Èrshuǐ 二水, originally built during the Japanese colonial era in 1930. At a glance I would guess it was built sometime between 1940 and 1960.