A press conference was recently held in Kaohsiung to discuss the opening of the Weiwuying (衛武營) MRT station. Numerous local politicians were in attendance including Chen Hui-wen (陳慧文), Wu Yi-jheng (吳益政), Cheng An-li (鄭安秝), and Huang Jie (黃捷), amongst others.

The project intends to inject more art, and a lot of capital, into the MRT and the city. The whole project is projected to infuse NT$18 billion when all is said and done. The project is expected to cover around 5,500 ping. It is anticipated to be completed in 2028.

Government officials likewise hope that the new station will bring new life to existing facilities in Fongshan and Lingya districts, such as the Weiwuying Art and Culture Center. It is also planed as a transfer station for the future Yellow Line of the Kaohsiung MRT.

The station is a bold plan to help rejuvenate Kaohsiung’s imagine, as it is often seen as an older, gritter city. Though with recent projects it has become very modern and it seems that many companies might be planning to move to the city which would help to improve revenue and also potentially give the city a fresh batch of younger people and give it new appeal.