Puli’s Paper Dome

Paper Church Trip
Puli’s Paper Dome [紙教堂] traces its origins to the to the 6.8 magnitude earthquake which stuck Kobe, Japan in 1995 and took the lives of over 6,000 people.  Architect Shigeru Ban decided to build a church made out of inexpensive, recycled materials when he saw worshipers holding services in the rubble of the Takatori Church.  The church was transported to Puli’s Taomi Village [桃米村], which is near the epicenter of the 921 Earthquake of 1999 as a symbol of solidarity between Japan and Taiwan.  This once poor village has since reinvented itself a popular eco-tourism destination and is an excellent example of conservation-based post-disaster recovery.
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