When you spot the eye-catching stele replica with the Chinese inscription “Never forget national humiliation,” you’ll know you’ve arrived at Magong Duxing 10th Village, Taiwan’s oldest military dependents’ village. The wooden Japanese-style dormitories have been renovated, transforming the area into a cultural and creative park. Local artists have set up a variety of art installations, adding charm to every corner of the village. Popular tourist attractions include nostalgia-evoking mom-and-pop stores, retro hotels, and coffee and snack shops.
The park's predecessor was the Penghu Island Fortress Command and officers' dormitory of the Magong Heavy Artillery Brigade during the Japanese occupation. After the Second World War, the Nationalist government converted the village to quarters for families of Penghu Defense Command officers and renamed it “Duxing 10th Village.” The site combines both historical and cultural landmarks. To ensure the continuation of military dependents' village culture, the Penghu County Government designated the area a historic architectural site in 2007, planning a "Special Military Dependents' Village Cultural Area.”
Today, Duxing 10th. Village is home to Penghu’s only remaining group of well-preserved Japanese-style dormitories. The renovated wooden buildings house a variety of enterprises, including a vibrant, revitalizing bookstore. The former homes of pop singers Pan Anbang, who recorded the hit "Grandma's Penghu Bay," and Zhang Yusheng are here too. You can enjoy their catchy music, trace their growth as artists, and appreciate their musical creativity in their respective museums.