Updated on: October 13, 2018
Hualien Pine Garden is used to be the Hualien Harbor Military Command which was built in 1942 during World War II by the Japanese Army who chose the site for its height advantage; from the command, you can have a clear and unobstructed view of the Pacific, and see both the mouth of the Meilun River to the north and Hualien Harbor. It is said that the Kamikaze Special Attack Unit would gather here to partake in “Gentleman’s Sake” before departing on missions.
After World War II, this place was used to be a US MMAG Hostel (MMAG = Military Assistance Advisory Group), a recreation place when US Military Officers were on their way to Taroko Gorge from early 50s to late 70s. After that, this place had no specific usage and severe deterioration from years of neglect. About 20 years ago ( year 1997 ), the local history and art group spoke for Pine Garden and avoided it to be rebuilt to a private resort. During tons of discussion and their efforts, the Pine Garden was re-positioned to be an history and art park due to its indelible past.
Under a clear blue sky and the shade of centurie-old pines, the elegance of art meets the nature. Visitors can take in exhibitions, concerts, craft workshops, and lectures on nature and human culture; they can also wander around the corridors and gardens, sit on the sofa, gaze at the sea and space out, feel the sea breeze. It doesn’t matter where you are in the Pine Garden, you can experience the slow life in every corner.
International Pacific Poetry Festival 2018 will be hosted by Pine Garden on 2018/11/16~11/18