Last August, after nearly 20 months of work, city officials unveiled the newly restored Qing Dynasty-era (1644-1912) North Gate in west Taipei.

At the opening ceremony, Mayor Ko Wen-je said the iconic arched structure would be the first landmark visitors see when they arrive in the city on the new rapid transit link from Taoyuan International Airport.

North Gate Square marks the latest project in the "western gateway" urban renewal program to rejuvenate a section of old Taipei along the Tamsui River, north and west of the monumental Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.