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Yanliao Resistance Movement Monument

Yanliao Resistance Movement Monument
Yanliao Resistance Movement Monument

 The Yanliao Resistance Movement Monument stands straight in the Yanliao Beach Park. This 8.8 meter-tall monument has an octagonal base and a square body.

 

The monument’s story can be traced back to the 19th Century. After the First Sino-Japanese War, China and Japan signed the Treaty of Shimonoseki on April 17, 1895, which states that Taiwan would be ceded to Japan. Both the armies and civilians of Taiwan objected the deal but could do nothing be see it passed. They then declared the founding of the Republic of Formosa on May 15 of the same year, insisting on the sovereignty of Taiwan. Foreseeing that the power transfer wouldn’t go smoothly, the Japanese Imperial Guards and Covering Force landed the island in Yanliao on May 29 prior to the official takeover day as led by Prince Kitashirakawa Yoshihisa.

 

After the landing, the prince set up a wooden monument on his camp to mark the victory. April 1896, it was replaced with a formal “Kitashirakawa Yoshihisa Expedition Monument” made of granite. The new monument’s cone-shaped tip was adapted from a Qing Army trophy. Later, during the Showa Period (1926–1989), the Governor-General Office of Taiwan made it an official historic site although it was destroyed by locals after the island’s retrocession to the Nationalist Government in 1945. It was only by 1975 that the Taipei County Government refurbished it to be the Yanliao Resistance Movement Monument.

Last Updated:2019-08-22 16:45
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