Wuchang Temple Was Made Ruins 15 Years Ago Today

The Wuchang Temple is on Bazhang Street in the Township of Jiji, Nantou County, Taiwan.

15 years ago on September 21, 1999 a massive and tragic earthquake known as the 921 earthquake and Jiji earthquake occurred in Taiwan. In its wake it left a path of devastation and was the second deadliest earthquake in Taiwan’s history. The earthquake took over 2,000 lives, injured over 11,000 people and caused $10 billion USD in damage. In excess of 51,000 buildings were completely destroyed with over another 53,000 being extremely damaged.

The Wuchang Temple stands in ruins today, September 21, 2014 as a solid reminder of the devastation and sadness caused by the Jiji earthquake. When the earthquake occurred it collapsed the first floor leaving the roof to settle solidly on the crumbled foundation. Instead of demolishing the rest of it like so many other building, the Wuchang Temple was instead fenced off and left in place. It has now garnered mass attention and is a popular tourist destination.

Where are the abandoned ruins of the Wuchang Temple in Jiji Township located? You can find it with these coordinates. 23.83144,120.792296 No Google Satellite view as the imagery is just too far and blurry but here is a Google Street View.

All images used and licensed under CC BY SA 2.0. All images by Alexander Synaptic.


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