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FJCU Public access to buildings 2022

FJCU has Chung Mei Auditorium, Immaculate Conception Chapel, Saint Mary’s Grotto, and Mausoleum of Cardinal Yu Pin. These buildings located around campus are of local cultural importance or have a religious meaning.

  1. Chung Mei Auditorium is one of FJCU’s most representative buildings. Built in 1970, it was either the third or the fourth building in the world that was built without straight beams. In 2002, it was listed in the "Xinzhuang Cultural Yearbook" as a representative landscape building in Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City.

  2. Immaculate Conception Chapel is one of the churches where FJCU hosts important ceremonies and events. It is also where the general public can attend mass on Sundays. The church was completed in 1979, and its interior was decorated by Francisca Borboa, a Mexican artist. The church is a three-story Romanesque building decorated with mosaics. The second story is fan-shaped, symbolizing the faithful coming from all directions to return to the Lord’s embrace. The stained glass on the outside of the church features stories from the Bible. The outside of the church is all white, representing purity, austerity, and solemnity.

  3. Saint Mary’s Grotto is a place on campus where one can go for spiritual healin and to feel at one with the divine. It is also a scenic location with religious and cultural elements. It was built in 1987 in imitation of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. The coconut trees planted next to the grotto reflect the subtropical environment where the school is located, and the ferns create a simple and primitive scene.
  4. The Mausoleum of Cardinal Yu Pin is a small church with a spire. This transparent building is the final resting place of Cardinal Yu Bin, the first president of FJCU. Built in 1978, architect Po-nien Lin was responsible for its design and construction. FJCU alumnus YuYu Yang was responsible for the decoration and beautification of the grave.

All of these buildings are open to the public for free, where they can participate in events such as mass or festivals. For those who are not affiliated with the university can rent some of the venues (e.g. Chung Mei Auditorium) for a rental fee by filling an application.