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Overcoming Difficulty Slope

Ten Views in Tamkang

Overcoming Difficulty Slope

The Overcoming Difficulty Slope is a steep slope made up of 132 stone steps built in 1953.  Symbolizing “difficulties and hardships,” the slope was also the only path leading to Tamkang Campus in its formative period, not only representing the school’s founding spirit of developing the mountain and the forest, but also challenging students to overcome difficulties, carry out “Simplicity, Truthfulness, Firmness, and Perseverance”, and testify to the fact that only with vigorous and strong body can we strive upward.

 

The Statue of Mr. Chang Ching-sheng

The Statue of Mr. Chang Ching-sheng

Standing on the square on top of the Overcoming Difficulty Slope, Mr. Chang Ching-sheng, Clement C. P. Chang’s late father, at the beginning of the initiation stage of Tamkang, held Clement C. P. Chang’s hands, pointed to this piece of land, and said: “Here lies the ground of our permanent campus!” Unfortunately, Mr. Chang Ching-sheng fell ill due to hardwork; and on January 29, 1951, he passed away at Taiwan Hospital. Clement C.P. Chang missed his father very much. To commemorate Mr. Chang Ching-sheng, Clement C.P. Chang erected the statue of him. Premier Yen Chia-kan, who later became President of the Republic of China, wrote four Chinese characters “Kung Tsai Tsuo Jen” to pay tribute to Mr. Chang Ching-sheng for his sacrifice for and devotion to education; Premier Yen’s hand writing was engraved on the pillar-base of the statue of Mr. Chang Ching-sheng.

 

The Chinese Palace-style Classrooms

The Chinese Palace-style Classrooms

Built in 1954, the Chinese palace-style classroom buildings are architecturally modeled after Chinese classical palaces with green roof and red walls.  They are the starting point of the permanent classroom buildings on the Tamkang Campus.

 

The University Commons

The University Commons

Situated in the center of the vast compound before the Ching-sheng Memorial Hall is the University Commons, built in 1986 and designed by our alumnus--Architect Lin Kuei-jung.  The University Commons are in the form of four tablets of bamboo encircling one another, symbolizing books in ancient times, so they are called tzu chien (竹卷 meaning “books and scrolls”), which symbolize the four qualities in our University Motto:  Simplicity, Truthfulness, Firmness, Perseverance. Seen from above, the University Commons look like the pivot of a motor, turning unceasingly.

 

The Chinese Palace-style Classrooms

Lee Shuan Che’s monument

On December 3rd, 1976, in a concert featuring mostly Western folk music, Lee Shuan Che urged the young generation to pass on the heritage of folk songs under a slogan of “Sing Our Own Songs.” Since then, a self-enlightenment movement of local folk music has spread out from Tamkang like a whirlpool to the entire island with significant influence on later generations’ movement of “Write Our Own Songs.” To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Lee’s decease, TKU and Lee Shuan Che Memorial Foundation set up a monument on the Shepherd’s Meadow, an all-year-round green lawn that has been one of students’ favorite spots for campus events. The monument, designed by Wang Hsiu-chi, consists of a guitar-shaped metal artwork, along with a rock carved in half. The epigraph “Sing Our Own Songs” is written by Chiang Hsun while the smaller notes by Chang Ping-huang. In between the rock were placed concrete and pebbles, representing the elements on this land that had nurtured Lee, while the guitar reminds people of this esteemed songwriter.

 

Lucky Dolphins Milestone Statue

Lucky Dolphins Milestone Statue

Situated in the roundabout at the top end of the Lantern Road is the work by a well-known contemporary sculptor Wang Shiu-chi.  The dolphins were chosen as an auspicious symbol of our university as the result of a poll of students from all our campuses.  Dolphins are the most agile and smartest mammals in the ocean; they are endowed with surprising innate ability to swim across the four seas.  Engraved on the pillar-base of the milestone are four lines of phrases that Founder Clement C.P. Chang often quote to encourage Tamkangians: “Let’s establish a firm foothold at Tamkang University/ Hold the whole world in view/Grasp the latest information/and create a bright future.”

 

The Bronze Sculpture of the Five Tigers

The Bronze Sculpture of the Five Tigers

“The Five-tiger Hill” is the permanent location of our Tamsui Campus.  The range of Mt. Tatuen wriggles downward up to the Hu-tou Shan (Mt. Tiger’s Head), which separates into five ridges.  Our university is situated on the fourth ridge.  The bronze sculpture depicting five tigers embracing one another is the work by Wang Shiu-chi and stands in front of the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium. Representing Tamkangians’ “Hu Hu Shen Fong” (meaning “vitality”), vigorous body, and the spirit of bravery.  On the pillar-base of the monument is Founder Clement C.P. Chang’s essay: “The Five-tiger Hill: A Sketch.”

 

The Tamkang Golden Eagle in the Fu Yuan Garden

The Tamkang Golden Eagle in the Fu Yuan Garden

The Fu Yuan Garden on the Tamsui Campus will be home for the Tamkang Golden Eagle bronze statue, a gift of the Golden Eagle Alumni Association to show their gratitude to the alma mater. The location of the statue in the Fu Yuan Garden in front of the Business Building will allow students and visitors alike to view and appreciate it. The Tamkang Golden Eagle Award for distinguished Tamkang alumni was initiated in 1987 by two former chairmen of the Board of Trustees of Tamkang University: Dr. Clement C.P. Chang and Mr. Lin Tien-fu.  The Award is the highest honor of the university; it was set up to glorify Tamkangians who have made great contributions to the country, rendered useful services to society, created welfare for humankind, and given something back to their alma mater.  The Award is in the form of a golden eagle spreading its wings, symbolizing Tamkangians, like a flying eagle in the sky, majestically overlooking the earth below.

 

Sculpture of Hsuehshan Tunnel: The Rising Sun Above Hsuehshan Tunnel (Love of Lanyang and Devotion to Tamkang)

Sculpture of Hsuehshan Tunnel: The Rising Sun Above Hsuehshan Tunnel (Love of Lanyang and Devotion to Tamkang)

The sculpture portraying the Hsuehshan Tunnel of the Taipei-Ilan Expressway was presented to Clement C. P. Chang in 1990 by “The Association for Promoting Taipei-Ilan Rapid Transit System” and was designed by the famous Designer Zerman Hu and Lanyang Master-Sculptor Yu Yu Yang (Yang Ying-feng) under the commission of “The Ilan Association, Taipei Chapter. ”  The original sculpture was made from gilded stainless steel in the form of an ancient Chinese hieroglyph “山” (shan meaning “mountain”).  In this artwork, the Hsuehshan Tunnel is located at the lower corner on the left of the shan, while at the upper corner on the left is the golden sun, just rising from the Pacific Ocean and shining over Lanyang.  To celebrate the completion of the Lanyang Campus and the opening for public use of the Taipei-Ilan Expressway, we entrusted Arthur Yang, the son of Master Yu Yu Yang, with a task to enlarge the original sculpture into a stainless artwork of 241 cm high and 270 cm wide.  The giant sculpture is installed on the lawn before the “Clement Chang International Conference Hall” on Lanyang Campus, so that the Lanyang residents, the faculty and the students of Tamkang University, as well as visitors from home or overseas may appreciate the artwork and, at the same time, pay respect to the unsung heroes who sacrificed in the course of building the Expressway.  It also symbolizes that Tamkang University which begins at Tamsui is connected in heart with Lanyang through the Hsuehshan Tunnel.

 

Sculpture of Hsuehshan Tunnel: The Rising Sun Above Hsuehshan Tunnel (Love of Lanyang and Devotion to Tamkang)

The Global Village Sculpture

Installed on the front ground of the Shao-mo Memorial Natatorium Complex are artworks by Yang Ying-fong, a renowned master sculptor from Ilan, Taiwan.  The sculptural artworks in the form of square, round, and rectangular parts are made from glossy stainless steel, signifying the globe on which different peoples harmoniously live and representing the vision of globalization that our university is pursuing for.