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From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers - Sort by:
From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers
Dotted around Taiwan lie the remains of abandoned bunkers originally built to repel an invasion from China, during a period in the island's history when it was under martial law and fear of a Chinese attack was a part of daily life.

The threat from China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its own to be brought under Beijing's rule by force if needed, has not gone away but the ageing bunkers are no longer needed for defence purposes.

Today, farmers use the retired bunkers as storage rooms for tools, while some have become part of the parks and others along the coast are sought-after spots for...
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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
A former air-raid shelter and storage space for the Taiwanese military stands behind a family grave in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 2, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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A person waits to watch the sunset at a former military... more
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Chen Kuo-ming, 49, a senior editor for a military magazine... more
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A former air-raid shelter built by the Japanese army... more
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An old pillbox stands in a clam farm in Yunlin, Taiwain,... more
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A half-submerged pillbox stands amongst the coastline... more
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Local Official Lin Zi-Xing's shadow is cast onto the... more
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A former military bunker that was renovated into part... more
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A wall inside a former artillery bunker, painted with... more
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The remains of an abandoned bunker stands amongst overgrown... more
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The entrance of an aerodrome gun tower is surrounded... more
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The remains of an abandoned bunker formerly used by... more
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A local farmer who uses a former Taiwanese military... more
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Chen Kuo-ming, 49, a senior editor for a military magazine... more
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A former Taiwanese military air-raid shelter that is... more
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A tea plantation owner works in her field in front... more
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An old pillbox stands behind a tea plantation field... more
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A Buddhist shrine stands inside a former bunker that... more
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Lee Kuo-Jia, 90, a Chinese veteran who arrived in Taiwan... more
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A boy runs in front of a former bunker built by the... more
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The remains of an abandoned pillbox built by the Taiwanese... more
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A child looks up at an information sign, inside a former... more
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People wait to watch the sunset at a former military... more
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Overgrown plants stand around a former artillery bunker... more
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An information sign is displayed inside a former artillery... more
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A former artillery bunker stands behind a tea plantation... more
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An old pillbox stands half-submerged in sand in front... more
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