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The ALIEN Art Centre was formerly known as the Kin-Ma Military Hostel. It was built in 1967 as a transit station for the National Army soldiers to Kinmen and the Matsu Front Line. With the end of the Cold War, the hostel also ended business in the late 1990s. In 2016, ALIEN Art took over the new mission and carried out new construction and re-operation. The two-year architectural organization and cultural and historical work have restored the architectural style of eclecticism and preserved the period with meaningful history. The Kin-Ma Military Hostel was re-launched as a contemporary art museum at the end of 2018, integrating the natural landscape of Shoushan forest, becoming the promise of contemporary art development in the city.

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