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Kin-ma Military Hostel (Now, ALIEN Art Centre) was founded in 1967, located next to Mountain Shou Shan, near the ancient Kaohsiung sea ban area, which was once warship’s intermediate stop and residency for the army. Nowadays it is still surrounded by a few marketplaces of the old town. The word “Kin and Ma” represents Kinmen and Matsu, which is the front line between Taiwan and China during the Cold War.

The site was operationally transferred from city government to ALIEN Art in the year of 2016, who renovated the building with classic craftsmanship, and re-opened to public in November, 2018. The documentary is the result of an on-going field trip, and the film was co-created with Pu Chen.

Archive of warship history in the ALIEN Art Centre

Archive of warship history in the ALIEN Art Centre

Archive of warship history in the ALIEN Art Centre

Kinma Military Hostel, a military monument during 1967-1998 © photo courtesy of The History Museum of Kaohsiung

Kinma Military Hostel, a military monument during 1967-1998 © photo courtesy of The History Museum of Kaohsiung

Those soldiers who drew assignments on Kinmen and Penghu arrived by bus from points all over Taiwan at the Kaohsiung Kin-Ma Military Hostel, where they waited for clear weather, hearts filled with anxiety. © The History Museum of Kaohsiung

The Kin-Ma Military Hostel were way stations for troops headed off to military duty, as well as the site of joyous reunions with family after successful completion of military service. © photo courtesy of The History Museum of Kaohsiung

© photo courtesy of The History Museum of Kaohsiung Between 1967 and 1998, the Kin-Ma Military Hostel were where military servicemen prepared physically and mentally before heading off, during a time in which the military played a vital role in reassuring the hearts and minds of the people.

© photo courtesy of The History Museum of Kaohsiung The year after the August 23 artillery battle (1959), the Kaohsiung city government began working on plans to build the Kin-Ma Military Hostel as a rest stop for military personnel on their way to the front lines. As the land was originally a fish pond, it would take some time to prepare the soil, a wait that ended up taking a decade. When the wait was finally over, two Kin-Ma Military Hostel, in Kaohsiung and Keelung, were completed in 1967.

ALIEN Art Centre, a contemporary art museum engages with modernity. Restoration work and operation conducted by ALIEN Art. Reopened to the public since 2018