Yangmingshan American Military Housing

The Yangmingshan American Military Housing (Chinese: 陽明山美軍宿舍群[1]), is a historical site located in Yangmingshan, Taipei, Taiwan. It is located on a 13.88 hectare plot of land near the Chinese Culture University in Shantzehou (山仔后, or Shanzihou) with around 150 old American buildings—for U.S. Military officers, Advisors and their dependents in Taiwan—in various states of preservation.

Yangmingshan American Military Housing
陽明山美軍宿舍群
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LocationTaipei, Taiwan
Built1950
Built forBadge of the United States Taiwan Defense Command (USTDC, 1955-1979).svg United States Taiwan Defense Command
US MAAG Taiwan Badge.svg MAAG, Taiwan
Yangmingshan American Military Housing is located in Taiwan
Yangmingshan American Military Housing
Location of Yangmingshan American Military Housing
陽明山美軍宿舍群 in Taiwan

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In 1950, the United States began stationing large numbers of troops on Taiwan in order to provide training, support, and economic aid to the Republic of China. In order to provide housing for the American military officers based in Taiwan, the United States built residences for them. The largest remaining intact group of residences is located in Yangmingshan.

When the United States severed official diplomatic relations with the Republic of China in 1978, the houses were abandoned. However, the Bank of Taiwan began renting out part of the houses to locals, including such noted people as Lin Yang-kang and Stan Lai.[2] Other houses taken over by the Council for Economic Planning and Development are now residences for employees of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

The former Armed Forces Network Radio Taiwan (now called ICRT) was also located in the area until the year 2000, when it relocated to Zhongshan District, Taipei.

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