Guogou village is at the far west side of Chianan Plain (嘉南平原), inside Budai Township (布袋鎮) and consists of three “Li”s (里). One hundred years ago, it was one of the large villages in Taiwan and was the residence of many scholars. The village residents are very proud of their brilliant history. Over the years, due to the changes in society, many young people left the village to the cities to study and work. Currently, remaining residents in the village are mostly older adults and children. The villages nearby include lizilun (栗子崙), ponds (塭仔), wong-liao (網寮), white water lake (白水湖),and palm lake (掌潭) of Dongshih Township. The residents work on breeding fish, farming rice and vegetables and harvesting oysters (opening oyster shells). Augo wetland ecosystem in the vicinity is abundant in fish and birds, and is one of the best bird watching spots.
Recent years, a group of professional fine art teachers come to Guogou regularly in the summer vacation time. They enter several elementary and middle schools and churches to teach art classes in the daytime. In the evening, they teach baking and cooking classes to the community women. They care the country villages and love the community. These teachers have a dream and that is to have more city friends to know the beauty of rural Taiwan. In addition, they help rural art education. Hence the teachers of Tasi-Woo-Hwa-Gi (采无畫集) launched Ruth Cup art competition with the helps from Guogou middle school and Ruth Association. This competition was assisted by the Chiayi County Government. The activity let the art-loving children in the remote villages to have a platform in showing their painting.
In the summer of 2012, a famous baking teacher designed the recipe and baked the creative cake to carry the name of Guogou village. The cake combines ingredients that were found locally, keeps the traditional tastes of Taiwanese cakes and includes the city health concept. We named this cake “Gougou – Lucky Cake” and with this, we hope to have the country villages and the cities blessing each other. We wish our friends to enjoy the cake and to share their loves to other people.