The Mingzhi Academy
The building is a symmetrical structure with a main hall in the center and classrooms, dining halls, and wing rooms on the side. The front courtyard features a stone ground with flower beds and trees in front of the wing rooms. The Xi incense burner is placed west of the main hall, and the seasonal plants, special landscapes, and statues are deployed in the backyard and side yards; cultural relics, such as a stone mill, wine jug, plow, raincoat, stone mortar, and tea maker are all displayed throughout the space. Facing west, the “Ox Cart Urn Transportation” is a special presentation in the secluded environment, and it creates a sense of nostalgia especially during sunset.
The main hall is where the lectures took place. It features a tall roof, a few “Kirins Ridden by Boys Statues” on the roof ridge beam and two dragons, one on each side, and plants and decorations on the feet in a symmetrical fashion with vivid expressions on their faces.
The Mingzhi Academy was rated as a third grade historical site by the Ministry of the Interior in 1985, and it is maintained to preserve its authentic looks and Japanese design. Although this is proof that Taiwan was colonized by the Japanese, the simple design and atmosphere is where the spirit of the Han immigrants lies.
Opening Hours: 06:00~21:00
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