46, Jhongjheng Road, Kengkou Village, Wufong Township, Taichung County (originally the Guangfu Junior High School campus)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays)
At 1:47 a.m. on September 21, 1999, Taiwan experienced a violent 7.3 magnitude earthquake that devastated Nantou and Taichung counties, claiming 2,321 lives and injuring more than 8,000, with financial losses in the billions of NT dollars. This was the largest natural disaster in a century. To commemorate those who were killed and injured in this disaster and to encourage the government and public to develop improved disaster preparedness and disaster relief measures, all sectors of society expressed the need for an earthquake museum or memorial hall.
The main objectives of the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan are (1) to make earth sciences and earthquake knowledge accessible to the public; (2) preserve a collective memory of this disaster; (3) raise awareness of the need for better earthquake preparedness measures and disaster relief plans and (4) promote Taiwan's earthquake research achievements.
To meet these objectives, this site includes Fault Hall, school buildings in their original damaged state and the Earthquake Images Hall. Fault Hall is focused on the preservation of the Chelongpu Fault. It includes an art piece symbolizing a needle and thread used to sew up Taiwan's wounds. Fault Hall also includes earthquake science exhibitions. Among the damaged classrooms, those in the campus' north building as well as the west wing corridor have been preserved in their damaged state. The south building classrooms are being planned as earthquake preparedness exhibit areas.
The Guangfu Junior High School's gymnasium was transformed into the Earthquake Images Hall. Its focuses are on remembering this disaster and the compassion in its aftermath. In addition, the original outdoor stage and principal's dormitory were transformed into visitor services centers.
Through the preservation of the damage along the Chelongpu Fault, including the school's track and field area, and the preservation of the destroyed classrooms, as well as natural sciences, human interest and historical exhibitions and educational activities, it is hoped that the public will gain an understanding of the natural phenomena of earthquakes and the relationships between earthquakes and society, as well as remember the tragedy of this earthquake and the lessons that need to be learned from it.