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Chikan Tower(赤嵌樓)

Updated:2018-12-13

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Introduce

Chihkan Tower (赤嵌樓) is the oldest building in Tainan's West Central District (台南中西區), and along with Anping District's Anping Fort (安平古堡), are two of Tainan's most famous landmarks. Originally built as Fort Provintia (普羅民遮城) in 1652 by the Dutch, the building set the tone as the location of the administrative center of Tainan, and has gone through numerous repairs and refurbishments over the past 300 years to give it its current appearance. Inside are Haisheng Temple (海神廟), Wengchang Pavilion (文昌閣) and Penghu College (蓬壺書院), and on the lawn outside stands a statue of Koxinga (國姓爺鄭成功) accepting the surrender of the Dutch. The statue is often scrutinized by both domestic and international tourists as they take in his heroic appearance. The most eye-catching things are the 9 imperial plinths at the south gate carried by the turtle-shaped stone Bixi (贔屭). The Bixi, said to be one of the nine sons of the Dragon King, and fond of carrying heavy objects, have added a great deal to the folklore legends of Chihkan Tower, which are still told today. At night time, Chihkan Tower is surrounded by yellow lighting, adding an ancient charm to the building. Concerts are often held in the square in front of the building, making it a much-loved nighttime destination among Tainan's residents.

Information

TEL +886-6-2205647

Address , West Central Dist., Tainan City Taiwan, R.O.C

Category Historic Sites、Culture

Opening Hours Full price tickets: NT$ 50, suitable for the general public Half price tickets: NT$ 25, suitable for students, members of the military, police, and fire departments, people over age 65 seniors or public agency volunteers. 20% discount tickets: 20% discount tickets are only suitable for groups with more the 30 people, not suitable for public education staff, private school teachers, and surviving family members. Please show your IDs when purchasing the concessionary tickets. The fees mentioned above are for reference only. Please refer to the on-site notice, so no further notices will be given!

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Traveler rating:4.0 958 Reviews Write a Review

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  1. 212 Families
  2. 200 Couples
  3. 206 Solo
  4. 16 Business
  5. 184 Friends
  • J430WNmichellek

    Pacific Pines, Australia

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Short visit is great

    Traveler rating:4 2019-08

    It is in a convenient location and easy to get to. Need about 20mins the most. There is information on it and is good enough.
  • BettyandLingShing

    Malaysia

    Almost nothing historical left

    Traveler rating:3 2019-05

    Chihkan Tower is located at Section 2, Minzu Road. The tower was build around 1650 by Dutch, named Fort Provintia, as a defense tower in urban area. 1662, the fort was taken by Koxinga (郑成功), a Chinese general, and turned it into administration center of Tainan. The old fort was completely destroyed by earthquake. The beautiful towers that we can see today is built in 19th century on the foundation of the old fort. It has been renamed as Chihkan Tower. Well, these towers actually have diminished the historical value of the site, to almost zero.
  • jasonsd

    San Diego

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    I liked it!

    Traveler rating:4 2019-08

    Seems like a lot of people weren’t impressed with this spot, but I liked it. It’s a nice change from the temples that you see throughout the area. A nice peaceful spot to sit under the trees and watch the fish. For only 10NT$ you can feed them which was fun. Though small, it was worth a stroll through. One thing I really liked was the fish roof ends that you can see well from the second floors.
  • KPR777

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    Interesting historic landmark in the West Central District of Tainan

    Traveler rating:4 2019-06

    For a glimpse at the Dutch period in Taiwan, Chihkan Tower offers a very interesting historical experience of the former Fort Provintia, as well as some fascinating perspective on one of the greatest military leaders in Taiwan, Koxinga. I highly recommend spending an hour here checking out the site.
  • fandyadh7230

    Jakarta, Indonesia

    Traveler type:

    Family

    Good view of old fort

    Traveler rating:3 2019-06

    Good view during evening. Bu not much to see. It is basically a renovated old fort from Dutch era. Good to spend sometime to take pictures and reading the history

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