Taiwan earthquake destroys actor Ko Chen Tung’s father’s priceless art collection

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    Ko Yao-tsung (left) and his son Ko Chen-tung (right).

    3rd April 2024 – (Taipei) A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale struck Hualien this morning, causing intense shaking felt across Taiwan and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Among the victims of this natural disaster is Ko Yao-tsung, the father of Taiwanese actor Ko Chen Tung, who took to social media to share the heartbreaking sight of his home littered with shattered belongings.

    Ko Yao-tsung, the owner of the local fashion brand Whiple, and a prominent figure in Taiwan’s film and television industry, had developed a passion for collecting valuable artworks over the years. However, the earthquake that struck early today caused his cherished art pieces to come crashing down, resulting in near-total devastation. Ko’s friends, while expressing relief that he and his family were safe, couldn’t help but lament the loss of his collection, valued at over 80 million New Taiwan Dollars.

    In the aftermath of the earthquake, messages of support poured in from well-wishers, emphasising the importance of personal safety over material possessions. Renowned television personality Chang Hsiao-yen also reached out to offer her condolences, stating, “Money and possessions are insignificant compared to the well-being of individuals.”