Longshan Temple Mall, Visitor Information Center Reopen
Mayor Ko Wen-je presided over the opening ceremony for the Longshan Temple Visitor Information Center and Longshan Mall Cultural Base on December 20.According to Ko, the result is part of the “Zhongzheng Wanhua Revival Plan” which encompasses two projects. The endeavor is considered difficult to implement--the renovation of Bangka Park and the revitalization of the Longshan Temple underground mall. Thanks to the effort of Wanhua District Office and support from local borough chiefs, community colleges, and cultural groups, the problem of homeless people has been resolved; and the park has also undergone a facelift as well. In addition, a total of 25 organizations all played a role in the brand new opening of the mall, helping to set up 25 stalls. Ko reckoned that Bangka boasts a rich heritage and numerous tourism resources, being home to Bopilaio, Dali Garment Street, Herbal Lane, and other tourist attractions. Statistics indicate that Longshan Temple has seen over 2.4 million visits as of November, 2016. He hopes the number will reach 3 million next year and visitors will stay for one more hour. Building on the momentum, the mayor pointed out that the next phase of Wanhua redevelopment will focus on the reconstruction of First Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market and Taipei Fish Wholesale Market, as well as adjustment to the Wanhua District urban renewal plan.