Travel through Vintage Photographs The Glory Days of Hamasen／重遊老照片的舊時光─哈瑪星的風華
Travel through Vintage Photographs
The Glory Days of Hamasen
◎English translation: Hou Ya-ting ◎Photo by Pao Chung-hui
The construction of Hamasen ushered in Kaohsiung's modernization. Hamasen is now a southern part of the city's Gushan District, but this area was once known as a land of opportunity. It still boasts a well-planned grid of streets, and was formerly a thriving commercial area with many banks, restaurants, and hotels, as well as Kaohsiung's original railway station. The sights of Hamasen offer glimpses into the area's glorious past. Ms. Guo Yan-ti points out a group photo in one of her grandmother's albums. It was taken around the Lunar New Year. Her grandmother used to work at a bank in Yancheng District, on a site which later fell vacant. The building has since been repurposed as a restaurant.
As a Hamasen resident, Ms. Guo is able to recommend many historic sights in the neighborhood, such as Wude Martial Arts Center, Kaohsiung Daitian Temple, the Red Cross Center for Children, and Sinbin Old Street. Leafing through her grandmother's photos, we see the scenery around Gushan Ferry Station, Sinbin Old Street, and Sizihwan Beach. Ms. Guo points at a beach photo taken near Shoushan, in which her grandmother and her friends are dressed in swimming costumes, and accompanied by many children who splash around in the surf. Two ladies dressed in kimonos and carrying cute little parasols also appear in the photos, and a bamboo raft is set on the beach behind them. Ms. Guo recalls that, when she was young, Sizihwan Bay was a restricted area. Residents had to sneak on to the beach if they wished to take a dip in its refreshing waters. The area later became National Sun Yat-sen University and Sizihwan Bay.
Standing on the levee at Sizihwan, looking at Sizihwan Bay and Shoushan, while referring to the vintage photograph, we see how those bygone scenes have been replaced by what is now in front of our eyes. Such historic images enable the imagination to travel through the past from a present-day point of view. These old, yellowing photographs close the distance, revealing family stories which are part of the city's common memories.
重遊老照片的舊時光 ─ 哈瑪星的風華