Karenkō shrine used to be Hualien's famous Japanese shrine built on the same spot where today the Hualien Martyrs' Shrine is found. The original shrine was built in 1915 during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. In the 1980s the KMT turned it into a neo-Chinese style temple complex honoring the nationalist soldiers, who fell for the home country during the World War II. Today's Martyrs' Shrine is one of the most prominent spots in Hualien City, offering a breathtaking view of the city and its surroundings (source).
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