After issuing “Taiwan Old Train Stations Postage Stamps (I)” on June 9, 2004, Chunghwa Post has followed up with a second set of four stamps featuring the old train station buildings of Changhua, Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung. These stamps will be released on June 9, 2005. Two stamps in this set will have denominations of NT$5, one a denomination of NT$15, and the last a denomination of NT$25.
The designs of the stamps follow:
(1) Changhua Station (NT$5): Changhwa Station first became a railway stop in 1904, and the two-story wooden structure featured on the stamp was constructed in 1918. The building, which was torn down to make room for a new station building in 1958, had a steeply sloped roof and an arched front entrance. (2) Chiayi Station (NT$5): Chiayi Station first became a railway stop in 1902, and the reinforced concrete station building featured on the stamp was reconstructed in 1933. It is a marriage of a modern structure and classical design. (3) Tainan Station (NT$15): Tainan Station first became a railway stop in 1900, and the reinforced concrete station building featured on the stamp was opened in 1936. This is the only remaining two-story Japanese Occupation era station building in Taiwan. Apart from handling passengers and freight transportation, in its early days it also contained a restaurant and a hotel on the second floor. Both the Chiayi and Tainan Station buildings are still in service. (4) Kaohsiung Station (NT$25): Kaohsiung Station first became a railway stop in Kaohsiung Harbor area in 1900, and the location was later moved to the current address in 1908. The imperial-crown-style reinforced concrete station building featured on the stamp was built in 1941. This building has been turned into a museum by the Kaohsiung City Government.
(1) First Day Cover in small size to be sold at NT$2.00 apiece. (2) Folder especially prepared for the stamps to be sold at NT$5.00 apiece. (3) Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the stamps to be sold at NT$5.00 apiece. (4) Loose-leaf stamp album page with plastic cover to be sold at NT$8.00 apiece. (5) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a low-valued stamp to be sold at NT$7.00 apiece. (6) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a complete set of stamps to be sold at NT$52.00 apiece.