Winners of video contest to stay at Taiwan’s Presidential Office
Sep 24, 2019Government & PoliticsComments Off on Winners of video contest to stay at Taiwan’s Presidential Office
Taipei-The Presidential Office announced Tuesday a list of 18 foreign video bloggers who won the chance to stay overnight in Taiwan's century-old Presidential Office building, as part of the government's efforts to promote the country internationally.
The winners of the contest come from Israel, Hungary, Germany, Thailand, France, Poland, Canada, Japan, Korea, India and the United States, Presidential Office spokesman Chang Chun-han (???) said.
Most of them are famous video bloggers in their respective countries, so their popularity can help to better promote Taiwan internationally, Chang noted.
Applicants were asked to upload a video clip of no longer than 90 seconds to explain their motivation and why they are best suited for the promotion.
A total of 167 applications were made between Aug. 12 and Aug. 31, after which a panel of judges selected the winners, according to the office.
The winners will stay in a suite in the Lixing Building, a two-story structure adjacent to the office of the president within the Presidential Office compound, Chang noted.
Kim Juhyeok, a South Korean travel photographer and blogger, will be the first to stay in the suite Oct. 8. The suite will accommodate the rest of the winners until the end of this year, he added.
Also included in the package is a guided tour of the Presidential Office building and an invitation to attend the morning flag-raising ceremony.
For security reasons, guests will not be able to leave the suite between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next morning, Chang added.
According to the office, the event is part of an ongoing celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the historic building, which was built in 1919 during the period of Japanese colonial rule and first served as the office of the governor-general of Taiwan. It became the presidential office in 1950.