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A pair of typhoon-damaged mailboxes have become a viral hit in Taiwan

By Josh Horwitz
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

Typhoon Souledor hit Taiwan over the weekend, marking one of the worst storms the island had seen in years. Winds of over 100 mph blasted through the north, while some regions received over 50 inches of rain.

In its aftermath, the streets of Taipei were littered with wreckage. While residents continue to cope with hospitalized loved ones and water safety concerns, some have found comic relief—through two typhoon-damaged mailboxes going viral on social media.

A photo posted by Kevin (@kevin5012) on Aug 7, 2015 at 8:43pm PDT

Images of the mailboxes first surfaced on Instagram on Saturday. As more and more pedestrians shared photos to friends, the riffing began.

A photo posted by Jing-Ya (@lingocandy) on Aug 8, 2015 at 10:58am PDT
A photo posted by F͟͟i͟͟s͟͟h͟͟ (@moonstay421) on Aug 9, 2015 at 12:22am PDT
A photo posted by d’Etoile (@ehacres_design) on Aug 9, 2015 at 3:36am PDT
A photo posted by 時空膠囊 (@adlib1102) on Aug 8, 2015 at 11:06pm PDT

The two mailboxes are now a curiosity for Taipei residents—or at least those with enough time on their hands to make the pilgrimage. Over the weekend crowds lined up to pose with the mailboxes and accompanying postal service workers.


A photo posted by 張昕淨 (@cindy__056303666) on Aug 9, 2015 at 5:03am PDT
A photo posted by Angel Huang (@angel20739) on Aug 9, 2015 at 1:19am PDT

In Taiwan, red mailboxes are for overseas mail while green mailboxes are for domestic shipments. The island has used this color-coded system since 1973.

A photo posted by Hidel喜多 (@_hidel_) on Aug 9, 2015 at 12:47pm PDT

Phillip Ong, chairman of Chunghwa Post, told domestic media that the mailboxes will remain as they are, and hopes to turn the site into a tourist attraction. Hopefully it will be a long time before another typhoon blows them back the other way.

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