Nostalgia shop in Penghu strikes a chord with tourists

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These neighborhood grocery shops form part of the collective memory of those raised in the 1970s and 80s.(NOWnews)
These neighborhood grocery shops form part of the collective memory of those raised in the 1970s and 80s.(NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The house is packed with nostalgic candies and dolls rarely seen nowadays. From lollipops and Tatung puppets, to vintage wooden TV sets and countless toy models of Mazinger Z (無敵鐵金剛), these neighborhood grocery shops form part of the collective memory of those raised in the 1970s and 80s.

The village was modernized, fitted with an outdoor cinema showing old Taiwanese films, and the Hsiang Tung nostalgia shop with traditional snacks.(NOWnews)
The village was modernized, fitted with an outdoor cinema showing old Taiwanese films, and the Hsiang Tung nostalgia shop with traditional snacks.(NOWnews)

Penghu’s Duxingshi Village Culture Park (篤行文化園區) now houses such a shop, attracting throngs of tourists recently and becoming a treasure for the local area.

The culture park also contains the house of deceased singers Pan An-Bang and Tom Chang, plus the nearby attractions like Jinguitou Fortress, Guanyinting Xiying Rainbow Bridge and Shuencheng Gate.  All of this and more have turned the park into Penghu’s new sensation.

The house is packed with nostalgic candies and dolls rarely seen nowadays. (NOWnews)
The house is packed with nostalgic candies and dolls rarely seen nowadays. (NOWnews)

Duxingshi Village is the oldest military dependents’ village in Taiwan and Penghu and was declared a historical asset by Penghu County in 2007. The park occupies 4600 square meters, including three Japanese style wooden buildings and six cement and brick building groups. The operating company spent 100 million TWD to install modern equipment, 15 hotels and artist shops, an outdoor cinema showing old Taiwanese films, and the Hsiang Tung nostalgia shop selling Penghu local products and traditional snacks.