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CHIAYI COUNTY, TAIWAN (JANUARY 18, 2016) (REUTERS) CHURCH SHAPED LIKE A GIANT HIGH-HEEL SHOE MADE UP OF BLUE GLASS TILES NEXT TO TEMPLE HIGH-HEEL SHAPED CHURCH METAL RODS AND BLUE GLASS TILES NEXT TO WATER SURROUNDING THE BUILDING HIGH-HEEL SHAPED CHURCH METAL STRUCTURE WITH BLUE GLASS TILES CHURCH SHAPED LIKE HIGH-HEELD SHOE SURROUNDED BY WATER MEMBERS OF CHIAYI COUNTY GOVERNMENT WALKING NEXT TO WATER MEMBERS OF CHIAYI COUNTY GOVERNMENT WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) TALIA PAN, RECREATION SECTION MANAGER OF SOUTHWEST COAST NATIONAL SCENIC AREA ADMINISTRATION, SAYING: "Because of drinking water shortage in the south-western coastal area (of Taiwan) in the 1960s, (residents) had to drill deep wells to get drinking water. Because of arsenic in the water, there were cases of Blackfoot disease. If Blackfoot disease is severe, the only option to save a life is to amputate both legs. Because of this, a lot of women lost the opportunity to walk into marriage, walk into a new life chapter on high-heeled shoes. Because of that history, we hope to create a place in Chiayi County, where people can get married, invoking the fairy tale of Cinderella." VARIOUS OF SOUTHWEST COAST NATIONAL SCENIC AREA ADMINISTRATION TALKING TO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHENG JUNG-FENG, DIRECTOR OF SOUTHWEST COAST NATIONAL SCENIC AREA ADMINISTRATION, SAYING: "Work opportunities are scarce, because factories normally don't set up shop here. Our citizens are running out of opportunities to find jobs. So we hope to create the first prosperous era by attracting tourism business. I think tourism is something that we have to do here in this area. So the National Scenic Area Administration is always thinking of ways to create local prosperity so that there are no more poor families and poor areas. We hope that the lives and the environment of the people here can be improved, so we want to use this method to attract hotels. Girls today all like to upload pictures and check in (on social media), so a lot of young people will come." VARIOUS OF COUPLE TAKING PICTURES IN FRONT OF CHURCH LOOKING LIKE HIGH-HEEL SHOE (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 24-YEAR-OLD STUDENT YANG WEN-CHIANG SAYING: "They built this church because of the Blackfoot disease. And we have seen the crystal church before, and because this high-heel shoe church is in the area and friends are recommending it on the internet and are checking in here (on social media), so we came to have a look." SEVERAL OF OLDER COUPLE TAKING PICTURES IN FRONT OF CHURCH (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 50-YEAR-OLD LAI YU-TING SAYING: "I came from Chiayi City, because we heard there was a high-heel shoe church that was built based on a story about Blackfoot disease. We came to have a look because it is very special. I feel like it is really very pretty. If we could go in it would be even better." TEMPLE BEHIND CHURCH LOOKING LIKE HIGH-HEELED SHOE CHURCH LOOKING LIKE HIGH-HEELED SHOE
Dateline: 2016

Giant Glass Church In Shape Of Shoe To Open In Taiwan

Item ID: 110306239

By: Reuters

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