The Cultural Bureau, Office of English as the Second Official Language (OEASOL) of Tainan City Government and CTBC Business School joined hands to roll out “Online English Audio Guide” services for 5 Tainan major historical sites. CTBC Business School invited native-speaking professors and ICRT journalist Robert Dawson to design the audio guide through their perspective as a foreigner, providing a down-to-earth and fun way to elaborate Tainan’s history and relics. Foreign friends come to Tainan, can simply scan the QR Code promulgated in the historical sites and enjoy this service. Today, 5 NCKU foreign students came to experience the online English audio guide and prayed in the Wenchang gallery asking blessings to pass all final exams.
According to the statistics of the Cultural Bureau, there are over 400,000 foreign tourists visiting Tainan’s 5 major historical sites every year. The establishment of English audio guide not only help incomers to know better of Tainan historical sites but promote the cultural tourism in Tainan. Apart from the English audio guides, there are also bilingual flyers, signs, Tainan historical Applications and English guide services for foreign tourists to walk around these sites easier.
According to OEASOL, this newly released online English audio guide focused more on explaining the cultural background in a fun and engaging ways. Five Tainan historical sites provided online English services are Chihkan Tower, Anping Fort, Anping Tree House, Eternal Golden Castle, and Koxinga Shrine.
The historical background and story of these sites are strange for incomers who do not have such knowledge, said ICRT journalist Robert Dawson. Therefore, he made some brief introduction of history and the historical figures which are essential information to these sites in the audio. The online audio websites also provide bilingual scripts, which is a great tool for locals and students to learn how to introduce historical sites to foreign friends.
NCKU student Prashant said, he had a hard time to understand names of the historical figures and the historical background, but today he can understand everything through the audio guide, especially the Wenchang gallery which drive him to pray to the God of Megrez to help him pass all his final exams. Carlos, who just entered the university this September said, this online audio guide let him walk around the historical sites without the help of local friends which is very convenient for him. Abida from Pakistan was surprised that place with such a long history could elaborate in audio guide less than 10 minutes. On the other hand, the souvenir sold at the site is endorsed by Koxinga also impressed her a lot. She thought that the idea is very creative.
Mr. Cheng Chin-Che, Dean of the CTBC Business School said, joining this project enabled them to take charge in the social responsibilities by relating the local culture and promoting it to the whole world. He hoped that Tainan can attract more tourists through this program.
The online English Audio Guide is now officially opening to the public, and the QR Code sign will further established in 5 historical sites next week. People who are interested, please visit websites of https://pse.is/C36BM and https://goo.gl/8AjLH8