This week I visited the small town of Xizhou 溪州 in southern Changhua 彰化 to locate the eponymous Xizhou Theater 溪州戲院. I found no way into the theater but made a serendipitous discovery while walking around the block in search of another access point. Across the street I noticed the utilitarian outline of the former Xizhou Telecom Bureau 溪州原電信局, a modest building that once housed a combined post office and service counter for the state phone company, then known as the Directorate General of Telecommunications (DGT) 交通部電信總局. The sign above the entrance simply reads Diànxìnjú 電信局, or “telecommunications bureau”, which is all anyone needed to know in those days. Taiwan’s telecom monopoly was broken up in 1996 with the privatization of what became known as Chunghwa Telecom 中華電信. In the absence of any sort of historic information about this obscure abandoned office I’d guess it was built sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s.
You may notice a great many potted plants out front and bags of soil laying around the interior of the office. Someone clearly uses this old building as a nursery of sorts. Part of the courtyard is being used for wood storage and there are other small gardening projects laying around. Whether this is just someone’s hobby or an actual business is beyond my knowledge. I didn’t end up sticking around for very long as light was fading and I had a few more places to see before nightfall.
This might not be the most impressive ruin I’ve visited but the classic window grating and other small details make it a worthwhile addition to the catalog. Probably the coolest sight of all is the old post office box out front. I’ve seen vintage mailboxes like this one at various tourist sites around the nation but I do not recall seeing one in its original state, rusty and weathered by the passage of years.