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Synapticism

An experiential journal of synchronicity and connection

Liùjiǎo 六腳 is a rural township in western Chiayi 嘉義. It is mainly known for Zhèchéng Cultural Park 蔗埕文化園區, which occupies the sprawling grounds of a Japanese colonial era sugar factory that closed after suffering typhoon damage in 2001.

Liujiao Brick Kiln 六腳磚窯

The Crumbling Ruins of a Brick Kiln in Liujiao
The crumbling ruins of an old brick kiln in rural Chiayi County.

Liùjiǎo Brick Kiln 六腳磚窯 was an unexpected discovery while riding from Běigǎng 北港 to Puzi earlier this summer. The chimney is plainly visible from the roadside and the crumbling bulk of the kiln can be discerned in a gap between the row of houses out front. Stopping to take a closer look I went around (and through) the old kiln to document what remains. Liujiao is a rather obscure part of rural Chiayi 嘉義 so I’ve not found any mention of this place online apart from this brief post. Whereas several kilns in various other parts of Taiwan 台灣 are being preserved this obscure ruin is almost certainly never going to be the object of a conservation effort.