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From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
Dotted around Taiwan lie the remains of abandoned bunkers originally built to repel an invasion from China, during a period in the island's history when it was under martial law and fear of a Chinese attack was a part of daily life.

The threat from China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its own to be brought under Beijing's rule by force if needed, has not gone away but the ageing bunkers are no longer needed for defence purposes.

Today, farmers use the retired bunkers as storage rooms for tools, while some have become part of the parks and others along the coast are sought-after spots for photo opportunities by Instagramers seeking "likes" for their sunset views. 
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January 09, 2020 
A former air-raid shelter and storage space for the Taiwanese military stands behind a family grave in... 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
A former air-raid shelter and storage space for the Taiwanese military stands behind a family grave in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 2, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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January 09, 2020 
A person waits to watch the sunset at a former military observation post in Leidishan Natural Park, Kaohsiung,... 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
A person waits to watch the sunset at a former military observation post in Leidishan Natural Park, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
Chen Kuo-ming, 49, a senior editor for a military magazine and a military site enthusiast who has been... 
Nantou, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
Chen Kuo-ming, 49, a senior editor for a military magazine and a military site enthusiast who has been searching and mapping out old bunkers since 2002, poses for a photo inside a former artillery bunker in Nantou, Taiwan, January 5, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
A former air-raid shelter built by the Japanese army during World War II stands close to Tainan airport... 
Tainan, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
A former air-raid shelter built by the Japanese army during World War II stands close to Tainan airport in Tainan, Taiwan, January 3, 2020. After the Kuomintang government fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war with the Communists, they used the old structure and built the top area for soldiers to guard the sky because of the close proximity to Tainan airport. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
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January 09, 2020 
An old pillbox stands in a clam farm in Yunlin, Taiwain, January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH... 
Yunlin, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
An old pillbox stands in a clam farm in Yunlin, Taiwain, January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
A half-submerged pillbox stands amongst the coastline of Taoyuan, Taiwan, December 27, 2019. REUTERS/Ann... 
Taoyuan, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
A half-submerged pillbox stands amongst the coastline of Taoyuan, Taiwan, December 27, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
Local Official Lin Zi-Xing's shadow is cast onto the wall of a former bunker in Hsinchu, Taiwan, December... 
Hsinchu, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
Local Official Lin Zi-Xing's shadow is cast onto the wall of a former bunker in Hsinchu, Taiwan, December 29, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
A former military bunker that was renovated into part of a playground, stands in Hsinchu, Taiwan, December... 
Hsinchu, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
A former military bunker that was renovated into part of a playground, stands in Hsinchu, Taiwan, December 29, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
A wall inside a former artillery bunker, painted with soldiers and writing on the right hand side that... 
Taoyuan, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
A wall inside a former artillery bunker, painted with soldiers and writing on the right hand side that reads 'Guns is the second life of a soldier' stands in Shuang Lian Po Park, a former military zone in Taoyuan, Taiwan, December 27, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
The remains of an abandoned bunker stands amongst overgrown greenery in Pingtung, Taiwan, December 30,... 
Pingtung, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
The remains of an abandoned bunker stands amongst overgrown greenery in Pingtung, Taiwan, December 30, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
The entrance of an aerodrome gun tower is surrounded by wild flowers and grass in Kaohsiung, Taiwan,... 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
The entrance of an aerodrome gun tower is surrounded by wild flowers and grass in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
The remains of an abandoned bunker formerly used by the Taiwanese military, is used by a farmer to grow... 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
The remains of an abandoned bunker formerly used by the Taiwanese military, is used by a farmer to grow dragonfruit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
A local farmer who uses a former Taiwanese military air-raid shelter for storage space, moves some of... 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
A local farmer who uses a former Taiwanese military air-raid shelter for storage space, moves some of her tools in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
Chen Kuo-ming, 49, a senior editor for a military magazine and a military site enthusiast who has been... 
Nantou, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
Chen Kuo-ming, 49, a senior editor for a military magazine and a military site enthusiast who has been searching and mapping out old bunkers since 2002, explains the inside structure of an old pillbox in Nantou, Taiwan, January 5, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
A former Taiwanese military air-raid shelter that is now used for storage space by farmers, stands in... 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
A former Taiwanese military air-raid shelter that is now used for storage space by farmers, stands in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 2, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
A tea plantation owner works in her field in front of a former artillery bunker in Nantuo, Taiwan, January... 
Nantou, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
A tea plantation owner works in her field in front of a former artillery bunker in Nantuo, Taiwan, January 5, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
An old pillbox stands behind a tea plantation field in Nantou, Taiwan, January 5, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang... 
Nantou, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
An old pillbox stands behind a tea plantation field in Nantou, Taiwan, January 5, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
A Buddhist shrine stands inside a former bunker that was built by the Japanese during World War II and... 
Pingtung, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
A Buddhist shrine stands inside a former bunker that was built by the Japanese during World War II and later used by the Taiwanese military in Pingtung, Taiwan, December 30, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
Lee Kuo-Jia, 90, a Chinese veteran who arrived in Taiwan with the Kuomintang army in 1947, poses for... 
Taoyuan, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
Lee Kuo-Jia, 90, a Chinese veteran who arrived in Taiwan with the Kuomintang army in 1947, poses for a photo inside a former artillery bunker in Shuang Lian Po Park, a former military zone in Taoyuan, Taiwan, December 27, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
A boy runs in front of a former bunker built by the Japanese army during World War II, in the parking... 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
A boy runs in front of a former bunker built by the Japanese army during World War II, in the parking lot of a temple in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
The remains of an abandoned pillbox built by the Taiwanese military, stands within the Taiwan Forestry... 
Yunlin, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
The remains of an abandoned pillbox built by the Taiwanese military, stands within the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute in Yunlin, Taiwan, January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
A child looks up at an information sign, inside a former artillery bunker in Leidishan Natural Park,... 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
A child looks up at an information sign, inside a former artillery bunker in Leidishan Natural Park, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
People wait to watch the sunset at a former military observation post in Leidishan Natural Park, Kaohsiung,... 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
People wait to watch the sunset at a former military observation post in Leidishan Natural Park, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
Overgrown plants stand around a former artillery bunker in Leidishan Natural Park, Kaohsiung, Taiwan,... 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
Overgrown plants stand around a former artillery bunker in Leidishan Natural Park, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
An information sign is displayed inside a former artillery bunker in Leidishan Natural Park, Kaohsiung,... 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
An information sign is displayed inside a former artillery bunker in Leidishan Natural Park, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, January 1, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
A former artillery bunker stands behind a tea plantation field in Nantou, Taiwan, January 5, 2020. REUTERS/Ann... 
Nantou, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
A former artillery bunker stands behind a tea plantation field in Nantou, Taiwan, January 5, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 09, 2020 
An old pillbox stands half-submerged in sand in front of oyster farms in Yunlin, Taiwan, January 6, 2020.... 
Yunlin, Taiwan 
The Wider Image: From tool of war to photo op, Taiwanese repurpose old bunkers 
An old pillbox stands half-submerged in sand in front of oyster farms in Yunlin, Taiwan, January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang SEARCH "TAIWAN BUNKER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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