Pine Garden
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Hualien Pine Garden is used to be the Hualien Harbor Military Command which was built in 1942 by the Japanese who chose the site for its height advantage. From the command, you can see both the mouth of the Meilun River to the north and Hualien Harbor and have a clear, unobstructed view out over the Pacific, making it both a strategic place of a military command center and, later on, a pleasant place for high-ranking officers to relax. It is said that the Kamikaze Special Attack Unit would gather here to partake in "Gentleman's Sake" before departing on missions. Although many creative spaces have been added to Hualien Pine Garden Park, it still remains the most complete example of Japanese military architecture in Hualien and was registered as a historical building in Hualien on the 23rd September 2002. Every corner has its story, welcome to explore more of here. 1 Log Cabin 2 Wishing Pond 3 Air Shelter 4 Oven 5 Taiwan Gift Hall 6 Okinawa Pine 7 Life in the wetlands 8Pine Cafe
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David H
Union City, CA8,054 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Did not know what I stepped in. I mistakenly thought it’s just a nice garden. Turn out, this building is full of a lot of ‘Japan occupation era ‘history. Shocked to find out it’s directly related to back then Kamikaze Commando. Imagine some young pilots had their last treatment prior to their suicide mission. The air raid bunker also remind me somewhat my childhood life. Overall, the garden is very nice and history is so great to educate me again.
Written June 10, 2020
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Brian S. Pierre
Taiwan140 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
If you're looking for a place to snap out of funk, this place might be on your list. Pine trees, cafes, patio, promenade are probably words that come to your mind after the first visit. It used to be admission-free, but you have to pay a small amount of fee to get in now.
Written February 18, 2016
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潘婷
Hualien City, Hualien3 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
Do you feel stressful?The best place to go is Pine Garden-the most complete Japanese-style building near the Meilun Creek(美崙溪),There are many pine trees in the garden, hence the name.
We walked up along the Meilun mountain and turn left into Pine Garden Street then go straight about fifteen minutes.Full of green plants first came into our eyes.It is said that the pine tree lived over hundred years.After the manager checked our certificate,we prioritized went into the dugout which is just 170 cm deeply restored the World War II.Well known for its two-storey western-style building surrounded by pine trees.The second floor exhibited some photographies and literatures.In addition,there are some poets in residence.Other than that,they usually hold art and literature activities like Pacific Poetry Festival-a gathering of heavyweight poets and writers at home and abroad.
If you feel hungry,you can also go to the Pine Garden Vanilla Restaurant that was used to be Japanese military quarters,now it’s a cafe.they sell some assorted vanilla meals and drinks.One of he feature drink is Pine needle juice or Pine needle coffee let people can sit down and enjoy a good time besides watching the view with eyes.Near the Cafe is a Ecological pool,that was used to be a Fire pool.There are many organism gather here.
Are you busy?Why not plan a trip to Pine Garden.There are not only Literary things but relaxing environment.The ticket for adult is 60$,children is 30$.You will feel fulfilled and never boring.
Written December 22, 2019
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27rennie
Belmont, MA107 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
This is where the Japanese Kamikaze fighters lived during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan.

Not a lot to see here, except underground bunker where the men hid when being bombed. I don't remember much signage, in English or Chinese. The on-site store featured some nice items made by Taiwanese artists.

No admission cost. Nice few view from the property. Only takes about 1/2 hour to see.
Written June 28, 2016
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Sharon Ho
Kuching, Malaysia265 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
You could view from outside in fact and it's not worth it to enter with the entrance fee. No doubt you do get better pictures at the second level of the building.

The trees surrounding the garden was in memory of every soldier during the Japanese war time sacrifice themselves in an act called kamikaze.

The history is perhaps worth to know and the underground tunnel you get beteer experience in cu chi tunnel, Vietnam compared to here
Written December 23, 2019
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瑛瑛美代子
2 contributions
Dec 2019
If you're keen for an escape from your bored life in your city,one of Hualien's attraction might be the perfect choice for you.This appealing place always full of tourists.Did you guess it? That is "Pine Garden” which sits on the foot of Mount Mei-Lun.It’s near the estuary of Mei-Lun River and Pacific Ocean.The distance is close to National Hualien Girls' Senior High School,so the teacher and us go there on foot.But,you also can get there by car or by motorcycle!
Are you worried about the admission tickets expensive? You are wrong if you think so! Normally, the tickets for adults are NT$60. But the tickets are free if you are Hualien people.When you go in, the fresh air is greeting the nose.And you will see a lot of wooden houses.Are you love listening to historical stories ? Now,I can tell you !
The original name of the Pine Garden is “Hualien Port Army Military Department”which was established in 1942 during the Second World War. Specially,it had a history about “Kamikaze Unit “ during the Second World War.The army would gather and spend their last night in today’s Pine Garden before carrying out their duty.
You may not know what to do when you inside.Then,you can eat delicious desserts and gaze at the gorgeous scenery in it. Oh! It has been a exhibition , and you can visit .
In this tour, the bomb shelters in Pine Garden really impressed me. I walked into to see that. To my surprise,it doesn’t too small. And there has a lot of introductions on the wall.Oh!What amazing! It also has gunshot inside.
If you want to relax , this place is a good choice.So,Actions speak louder than words!You can schedule Pine Garden on next trip !
Written December 20, 2019
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Lynn
Singapore, Singapore18 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
Came here for the history and heritage but was disappointed. Not much information available and information on the walls was only available in mandarin so if you can't read Chinese it is difficult to understand much as the English brochure provided minimal content.

It's a nice place to chill and kill time (quite an artsy place) but don't expect enough content for you to stay for long. The view at the second floor overlooking the ocean is quite a pretty sight.

Tried the pine needle flavored ice cream on waffle and it tasted so bad that we didn't even finish it.

Entry fee is 50 Taiwanese dollar, but they provided a 30 dollar credit for purchase at the cafe. However, the drinks average 160 dollars so you still will end up paying a fair bit.
Written May 28, 2017
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ugin38
Hong Kong, China274 contributions
Dec 2016 • Solo
The villa is a revitalised building which was used to be the army office of Japanese troops back in the Second World War. It was hence used by the American troop and somehow abandoned afterwards. Now the second floor has exhibition (I have visited a exhbition of works by an fine arts graduate school), the ground floor has a gift shop and a restaurant. The garden has a gorgeous view of the Hualien harbour at the Pacific Ocean. A nice place to spend an hour or so with.
Written December 21, 2016
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盈蓁 李
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Oct 2016 • Friends
This year I chose one day to go to Hualien. I went to North & South Foreshore , General House , Pine Garden Annex. First I went to Pine Garden Annex. There have many Japanese-style building. Every year the activities of the Poetry Festival are held , so there is full of literary atmosphere. Sometimes have small exhibitions , very interesting. The residence of the Japanese occupation era , formerly known as the military house , was called the "General Government". There is a description of the history of the room which was also home to the model , and Kimono rental available. The South Foreshore , there is no way to describle the beauty of the sea. Walking on the beach while enjoying the sea breeze and wind blowing. Very relaxing.
Written November 17, 2016
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new88
Singapore, Singapore761 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
Situated on the highest point of Hualien City, it overlooks the city and the estuary of Meilun River.
Here you can see aged pine trees and structures left by the Japanese. Admission to this place is NT50 which is redeemable with purchase of souvenirs and drinks. A cool and nice place to sit and stroll around.
Written November 13, 2014
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