Jiuqiong Village Tobacco Barn 九芎村菸樓

An unexpected find in a small village in Yunlin: a red brick tobacco barn!

What little remains of the historic tobacco industry in central Taiwan is disappearing fast. Tobacco cultivation was big business for much of the 20th century but went into sharp decline in the 1980s and essentially ended with globalization and Taiwan’s accession to the WTO. Robust preservation efforts in south and east Taiwan ensure something of this industry will remain for future generations but the situation in the former tobacco cultivation areas of Taichung 台中, Changhua 彰化, and Yúnlín 雲林 is far more ambiguous, and documentation of what cultural assets remain is sparse or nonexistent. For this reason I’ve made an effort to record tobacco barns anytime I encounter them in my travels—as I did while driving through Jiǔqiōng Village 九芎村 on the south side of Línnèi 林內 in Yúnlín 雲林 earlier this summer.

A closer look at the derelict tobacco barn. You can easily see the exposed structure of the curing chamber embedded within the red brick housing.

I was not surprised to find this tobacco barn while gallivanting around Línnèi 林內, formerly one of the main tobacco cultivation areas in Yúnlín 雲林, though it is located in a village on the opposite side of the township from active conservation efforts. I’ve found no mention of it online which isn’t unusual—tobacco barns were once a dime a dozen in this part of the country and few were explicitly named. Even so, there is some utility in sharing small finds like this one.

Another look at an old tobacco barn in a small village in Linnei. There was nothing much to see in the doorway; it’s being used for storage nowadays.

For more about the tobacco curing process and the architectural features of this class of building I suggest reading my piece about the Shuinan Tobacco Barn in Taichung 台中.

Taiwan Summer Road Trip 2017 台灣中南部機車之旅

  1. Xizhou Theater 溪州戲院
  2. Ershui Assembly Hall 二水公會堂
  3. Hsin Kang Theater 新港戲院
  4. Liujiao Brick Kiln 六腳磚窯
  5. Shuangxikou Brick Kiln 雙溪口磚窯
  6. Xiluo Yisheng Theater 西螺一生戲院
  7. Jiuqiong Village Tobacco Barn 九芎村菸樓
  8. Xiluo Bridge 西螺大橋
  9. Beigang Theater 北港劇場
  10. Postcards From Xiluo 西螺明信片
  11. Dongping Tobacco Barn 東平菸樓
  12. Yixin Vocational High School 益新工商職業學校
  13. Nanyun Gas Station 南雲加油站
  14. Postcards From Ershui 二水明信片
  15. Dalin Xinxing Theater 大林新興戲院
  16. Kezikeng New Community 柯子坑新社區
  17. Lingxiao Temple 凌霄殿
  18. Taiwan Summer Road Trip 2017: Taichung to Nantou
  19. Puli Tuberculosis Sanatorium 埔里肺結核療養所

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