Start Taitung Private Tour Day 2 At 2 Of Taiwan’s Most Beautiful Schools 台东包车游第二天:拜访全台最美的学府

Such a pleasant surprise to wake up to a bright & sunny morning the next day (Friday), when we had expected the plum rain to continue to pour throughout. However, as our dolphin cruise for the following day (Saturday) was cancelled due to bad weather forecast, there were last minute changes to our itinerary. Originally, Friday was supposed to be a day for the coastal region such that we would eventually land in Chenggong Township in the evening. Since we weren’t going to stay in Chenggong Township for the night, Mr Wang said we would be concentrating on the southern part of Taitung County instead. While this part of the county was not in our original plan at all, we weren’t totally unfamiliar with the region, as we had passed by some of the towns on the slow train ride from Fangliao to Taitung.

一早醒来,喜见天晴,跟原本台湾气象局预测的“雨势只会越来越大”完全相反。但因为气象预报的关系,使得成功渔港的赏鲸船被迫取消,所以我们得临时更改行程。原本这天是要沿着海线玩,一路玩到成功镇,然后入住成功镇民宿。既然成功镇的民宿订房取消了,因此我们改走南回线。虽然行程临时更改,我们也不是对南回线完全陌生,因为那天从枋寮到台东的普快车就是走这一块。

In the car enroute to our first destination, Mr Wang commented that he would be bringing us to 2 schools in Taitung known for its beautiful architecture. I was kind of skeptical at first, wondering what could be so nice about school buildings. But I was wrong… Haha

在车上,汪先生就先告知我们会先到两所被誉为最美丽的学府的景点参观。起初,感觉有点纳闷,学校真的有可能美到变成观光景点吗?但。。。我错了。😄

Our first stop of the day was at Taitung County Fong Yuan Elementary School, touted as the most beautiful elementary school in Taiwan. Located in Taitung city, Fong Yuan Elementary School is a quick 9-min drive southwest from our hotel (Inn By The Village).

今天的第一站是被誉为全台最美国小 – 台東縣豐源國民小學。这间小学位于台东市西南部,离台東南豐鐵花棧仅9分钟车程。

I was surprised when we alighted in front of the school. It doesn’t look like a school at all! The Mediterranean style of intertwining blue & white colours on the school building & wavy curves on its rooftop, coupled with its location near the sea, made it look so much like a holiday resort in Greece’s Santorini. 😛

在国小的大门前下车时,我愣了以下。根本看不出是一所学校!别致的地中海风味的蓝白设计,波浪形的屋顶,再加上临近海的位置,让人感觉像是置身与希腊的圣托里尼的度假屋!

The school has been around for over 50 years, but renovation to this present state was only completed in March 2012, thanks to the school’s principal. Because of its outstanding architecture, Fong Yuan has attracted a lot of visitors, so to minimise disruption to its students, visitors could only enter the school compounds on weekends & public holidays (open 9 am to 5 pm). Too bad for us, we could only admire it from the school gate…

台東縣豐源國民小學建校已50多年,但是在2012年3月才改建成这栋别树一格的建筑。要感谢豐源國小的校长,让台东市拥有这所美丽的学校。但因慕名而来的游客与日俱增,校方不得不限制游客入校参观的时间。只有在周末及假日(开放时间为早上9点至下午5点)没有上课时,游客才能进入校园参观。可惜,我们到访的那天是星期五,所以只能在校门外欣赏。

Next, we moved to National Taitung University, another 10-min drive west of Fong Yuan. I was a little surprised when our car had to stop at the security counter, where we had to state the purpose of visit before we could go in. Don’t remember we have such security counters in Singapore tertiary institutions, or am I already outdated? 😛

接着,我们前往豐源國小西边的國立臺東大學,约10分钟车程。车子驶入校园前,得先经过保安室,先向保安告知我们到大学的目的才能进去。记忆中新加坡的大专学府好像没有保安室嘞,还是我太久没去学校,不知道最新情况了?

We arrived at the library and information centre of the university campus, but other than the signage that stated the building name, there was no other way we could tell it was a library!

抵达大学图书资讯馆的门前,如果没有建筑右边的一个小角落显示它的名称,还真看不出它是一所图书馆呢!

国立台东大学图书资讯馆

Shaped like a pyramid, National Taitung University’s national library is listed as the no. 1 most unique national libraries out of selected 8 across the world by a globally well-known architect website “architizer.com”. The unique shape of the building is not just beautiful to look at, but also implies that its students have access to a huge wealth of knowledge upon entering the library. The slopes of the building are covered with greenery & students can climb up to the rooftop for rewarding views of the surrounding landscape. Whether you look out to the east – sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, or to the west – breathtaking views of the Central Mountain Range, the view atop the library is great for all to take a breather from the stressful student life.

國立臺東大學图书资讯馆像一座金字塔型的山,刚在今年被国际知名建筑师网站“architizer.com”列为世界8个有特色的图书馆之首。建筑设计为金字塔,好像也有另一种含义:让台東大學的莘莘学子们能够进入知识的金字塔中,尽情享受馆内丰富的图书资源。这栋独特的绿色山形建筑依山傍水,学生可以拾级,爬上盖满草皮的屋顶,欣赏周边的优美风景。图书资讯馆的东边面向蔚蓝的太平洋,西边则是壮丽的中央山脉。读书读到累了,想歇息,让脑袋放空,上来这里绝对可以舒缓一下紧绷的情绪。

Unique campus design with abstract art display in front of the building 图书资讯馆前的唯美艺术品

Tired after all the mugging? Come relax by the picturesque lake next to the library 图书资讯馆旁有个风景怡人的湖泊,让你在这儿放空感受大自然的美好

Not sure if visitors aren’t allowed into the library, as Mr Wang didn’t bring us in. Nonetheless the surrounding area around the library is already an awesome sight to us. In fact, there were some parts that we thought felt like we were in Europe / Switzerland with pretty cottages in the mountain valley. Such an awe-inspiring place to study in!

不知道游客是否能进入图书资讯馆参观,因为汪先生没带我们进去。不过在國立臺東大學知本校区欣赏建在郊区的别树一格的图书馆已是一件赏心悦目的事。从某些角度来看,踏进这个园区,仿佛置身于欧洲瑞士山谷里的小镇。这里的学生真幸福,能在这么优雅的环境念书!

It was a short tour to 2 of Taiwan’s most beautiful academic institutions, nevertheless it was an eye-opening tour for me. I wish I were born in Taitung, then I could have gotten the opportunity to study in such pretty schools. Maybe my results would have been so much better! 😉

虽然到访全台最美的国小以及最美的图书馆的时间很短,但还是让我大开眼界。真希望自己是生在台东的小孩,这样我或许就有机会到这两所学府就读了,哈哈。到时也许我的课业成绩会更棒也说不定!😆

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