Takow Foreign Cemetery

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Takow Foreign Cemetery

Lane 60, Dengshan St., Gushan District
Kaohsiung City, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Memorials 35 added (14% photographed)

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Important note: This location is a collection of private residences; it is not a tourist destination.

Established by public subscription in 1871, the cemetery remained intact until 1967, when the provincial government designated the land as a zone open for development. After that date, the headstones gradually disappeared--many stolen and sold to stonecutters--and houses started going up in the area. Three monuments are still visible among the houses; one in the back of a small alley (the headstone of William Hopkins), and two others near an outdoor staircase (the base of Mary Donnithorne Warren's grave marker and the headstone of Conway Knox Fletcher). The area is occupied by residents who leave household items lying around, sometimes piling up in front of the stones.

Despite the fact that most of the headstones are lost, thanks to the efforts of a Mr. Aoyagi back in 1925, we have records of the burials and the headstone inscriptions, and even a diagram of the cemetery itself, with rough drawings showing the appearances of the headstones. Some old photos also survive.

The GPS position shown here is the approximate spot where the stones of Mary Warren and Conway Fletcher are.


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GPS Coordinates: 22.62544, 120.27048

  • Added: 29 Jun 2006
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2180504