LING YA Historic Park/華和並列的苓雅古蹟公園
At the intersection of Chung Cheng Rd., Fu Te Rd., Fu An Rd., and Cheng Yen Rd. lies Ling Ya Historic Park, a rectangular ground bearing witness to early Taiwan history. With efforts of the city government, it was finally inaugurated on June 2. The park is unique in that it harbors the tomb of Chen Chung-ho, who made his family the most prestigious clan in Kaohsiung.
Chen Chung-ho is the grandfather of former Kaohsiung speaker Chen Tien-mao. Born into a poor family, Chen Chung-ho started to work for "Shun Ho Hang," then Taiwan's sugar business giant, when he was 16. His work was highly acclaimed by his boss Chen Fu-chien, who paid for his schooling and put him in charge of the operations in Japan.He left Shun Ho Hang to establish "Ho Hsing Hang" after Chen Fu-chien passed away. He showed no intention to defy Japan when Taiwan fell into its hands. He was licensed for selling sugar and salt, from which he earned a fortune to turn the Chens into the wealthiest family in Kaohsiung. His decedents still have a lot of clout in Kaohsiung, including former Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-chuan and former Kaohsiung speaker Chen Tien-mao.
The traditional Chinese tomb, as large as a hill, covers an area of 12, 595 square meters, marking the past glory of the family. Although it has shown signs of wear, the fine stones and sophisticated carvings still manifest the remarkable success of the house and the beauty of traditional Chinese tomb.The architecture is tinged with Japanese touches, as shown by a pair of Japanese lanterns given as gifts by Japanese, which recount stories of the old days.