Paper Dome: Symbol of Taiwan-Japan Disaster-Relief Collaboration

Symbol of love and mutual assistance, the story of Paper Dome is one that concerns two natural disasters and transcends beyond national boundaries.

Taomi Village: Agricultural Village Rejuvenated

From a poor village to a famous eco-tourism destination, Taomi is a successful model of turning the 921 crisis into an opportunity for not only community re-building, but also village re-branding.

Calling all Photography Enthusiasts!

Discover Bliss @ Paper Dome Photography Competition is calling for entries! What are you waiting for? Grab your cameras and start shooting!

Summer Wind Music Concert @ Paper Dome

Paper Dome held a major music event on the beautiful Sunday of 10th July 2011. audiences ranging from the young to old where entertained by performers ranging from the young to the young-at-heart.

Natural Dye Class Graduates!

Check this page for other exciting news and events regarding Paper Dome and Taomi Village.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How to reach Taomi village

Taomi village and Paper Dome is easily accessible by car or motorbike. It is situated 5 km from Puli, Nantou county on the way to Sun Moon Lake, the 21st highway. Look for Taomi farm (桃米) and Paper Dome (紙教堂) signs. Here you can see a google map of the place:

If you travel around Taiwan by public transport reaching Taomi village can be a little bit more complicated as there is no direct bus. You have to take a bus number 6670, 6668 or 6667 from Puli bus station. These buses go to Sun Moon Lake or somewhere around it so you have to ask a driver to stop at Taomi (桃米). It takes around 10-15 minutes from Puli bus station to Taomi village. You will have to walk for 5 minutes from highway to Paper Dome. Buses operate from 5:50 to around 21:00 every 20 minutes in the morning and every hour in the rest of the day. Check timetable here (in Chinese).

Paper Dome address: No 52-12, Taomi Ln., Taomi Li, Puli Township, Nantou County 545, Taiwan, R.O.C. (南投縣埔里鎮桃米里桃米巷52-12號)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Story of Paper Dome

The 921 earthquake was not the only disaster that influenced Taomi community life. 6 years earlier, in January 1995 Japan suffered from the Great Hanshin earthquake. 60% of all buildings were destroyed in Kobi, the epicentre of the disaster, including the Takatori Catholic church. However, strangely a statue of Jesus remained unharmed. People understood this fact as a miracle and they decided to rebuild the church as soon as possible. An internationally known Japanese architect Shigeru Ban (one of his most famous works for example is a museum of Modern Art in Metz, France) was invited to build a temporary church for survivers.

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