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Chikan Tower(赤嵌樓)

Traveler rating:4 966 Reviews

Tuesday:08:30 – 21:30

4.2

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 Taiwán, 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:4.0 966 Reviews Write a Review

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  1. 4 Terrible
  2. 20 Poor
  3. 245 Average
  4. 440 Very good
  5. 257 Excellent

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  1. 213 Families
  2. 200 Couples
  3. 208 Solo
  4. 16 Business
  5. 186 Friends
  • scottofhawaii

    Oahu, Hawaii

    Better than usual...

    Traveler rating:4 2019-09

    ...attraction in Tainan. Seemingly maintained well with ongoing archeological work going on. Historical displays with enough information in English to keep one interested. Kind of fascinating is the Dutch aspect to the tower’s history. Oh yea, best of all was the spotless restrooms.
  • Ranijapantraveller

    Indonesia

    Traveler type:

    Family

    COLORFUL PAVILION

    Traveler rating:4 2019-09

    Chihkan Tower or Fort Provintia is the oldest building and most famous landmarks along with Anping Fort / Fort Zeelandia. Built during the Dutch colonial period in 1624 it is located on the Minzu road in downtown Tainan city. In this former Fort Provintia location stand two colorful temples that were built from the 19th century. The temple and pavilion on the second floor are not too special. Historical things and relics can find in second floors. The entrance ticket of NT50 is too expensive in my opinion with a place and building that is not too large which only take 10 minutes to explore. The location can be reached by Bus No. 5, or walking about 2 km from Tainan Station.
  • grapecrossing

    Vancouver, Canada

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Taiwan history

    Traveler rating:5 2019-09

    If you want to understand the history of Taiwan in a snap shot, chihkan tower is the place to go. Beautiful view of the surrounding area at the top of the tower , the mix of the modern and the traditional. Don't forget to feed the fish and try the famous local joints across the street.
  • G2Kpauly

    Melbourne, Australia

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    So so .

    Traveler rating:3 2019-08

    I walked around this temple today and paid the 50 twd. It would have been informative if much was in English but mainly mandarin only so I drop it 2 stars for learning nothing.
  • Mike D

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    be curious

    Traveler rating:4 2019-08

    Don't worry, you will not be wasting your time if you come here...especially if you have an interest in history and even moreso if you are Chinese/Taiwanese . Basically, this site represents the beginning and end of Dutch occupancy in Taiwan which is a pretty big deal, I would say, since Taiwan could now be European instead of Asian. The Dutch basically pulled a beads for land thing and acquired the Chihkan land for 500 meters of fabric. Then they were vanquished by Koxinga a Chinese Ming loyalist intent on resisting the Qing in China . There's also much more going on here but you have to be curious and interested otherwise you'll just go by it all expecting instant gratification like Facebook messages or instant coffee or whatever. Anyways, long story short, don't give credence to people who say don't bother going here or spend just 10 minutes...how ridiculous. Sure the kids might find it boring IF YOU aren't interested and if you don't teach them to be curious about the world and not to expect instant gratification. I saw dozens of kids there and they weren't bored. But then again it depends how you bring up your kid. America is not an easy place to teach a kid contentment.

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