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BAGUASHAN BUDDHA WINDOW REMOVAL PLAN REJECTED BY LOCAL GOVERNMENT|八卦山大佛斑駁 廟方盼封窗.文資審議駁回

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-05-14
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The Great Buddha Statue in Bagua Mountain, Changhua, has 56 years of history, and has been listed as a historic site in Changhua. The temple authorities requested to close ten windows in the Buddha's back and legs, as closing means completeness in Buddhism. However, the proposal was turned down again in the cultural heritage meeting on May 10 due to fire protection and maintenance reasons.


The Great Buddha at Mt. Bagua is one of the famous landmarks in Changhua County. It was voted as one of the unique historical architectures. After 56 years, the inside of the Great Buddha is deteriorating. The temple committee has been proposing to seal up windows on the Great Buddha, in order to protect the architecture and pursue
for perfection.

==CHANG SHIH-LIANG Committee Head, Mt. Bagua Great Buddha Temple==
Sealing up windows and making the Great Buddha a better appearance. As to fire safety, the building is only two to three floors. There are escaping stairs on both sides, and very few staff in here.

The Great Buddha at Mt. Bagua was registered as historical architecture in 2002, any maintenance or modification needs to pass by the cultural assets committee
meeting. The Great Buddha Temple proposed sealing up windows for two times, and were rejected by two magistrates.

==CHEN WEB-PIN Director, Changhua Cultural Affairs Bureau==
Based on Cultural Heritage Preservation Act and evaluations done by fire fighters, we declined the proposal of sealing up windows.

==MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC==
Escape has its own scheme. I think it's OK to seal up (windows); but after sealed up, how do people escape when danger occurs?

The Great Buddha is a 22-meter high, six-floor building. It was constructed with windows for ventilation. Temple committee said, these windows leak when typhoon comes. They are to propose again to the county government after inquiring with building structure professionals and fire fighters.

TRANSLATED BY: ANTHONY LIN


彰化八卦山大佛,民國50年落成啟用,至今56年,目前已經列為彰化歷史建物。大佛寺廟方,以佛像開窗不圓滿為由,要求將大佛背部,及盤腿位置的10扇窗封閉。歷經三任縣長二度提案,5月10號的文資審議,以維護原貌及消防安全等理由,遭到駁回。


八卦山大佛,是彰化縣的地標之一,曾入選最具特色歷史建築百景。不過鋼筋水泥建築,歷經56年的風吹雨打日曬,內部的斑駁日益嚴重,八卦山大佛寺廟方,希望將大佛背部及盤腿等十扇窗封窗,一方面保護建物,也希望追求圓滿。

==八卦山大佛寺主委 張世良==
窗戶把它封起來
讓佛像本身就非常圓融
那消防設備來講
以區區的才二三樓嘛
還有逃生這邊(有兩側)
而且(管制遊客)人員很少嘛

八卦山大佛,在民國91年登錄為歷史建物後,修繕及變更設施,都必需通過文資審議,廟方現在想封窗,但歷經兩任縣長,兩次提案,都被駁回。

==彰化縣文化局長 陳文彬==
依照文資法的規定
以及依照這個消防士
所提出來的這個評估報告
做出這個不同意封窗的決議

==民眾==
逃生有它另外一套方案出來
我覺得它(大佛窗戶)封起來可以
但是如果沒有 之後如果有危險
你要民眾怎麼逃

彰化八卦山大佛高22公尺,六層樓的建築,興建時就有開窗設計,在空調設施不發達的年代,主要是為了通風;廟方表示,這些窗戶在颱風豪雨時容易漏水,管理不易,未來將尋求結構及消防等專家見解,再爭取2度排入文資審查的議程。

黃千容 彭煥群 彰化報導