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Koxinga Shrine(延平郡王祠)

Updated:2018-12-13

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Introduce

At the intersection of Kaishan Road and Fucheng Road (開山路與府前路), atop the Shrine's horseback roof, a majestic statue of Koxinga looks out as if he, Tainan’s protector god, is present in the hearts of all the people of Tainan. The shrine is a red Fuzhou style building with Japanese atmosphere. Take a close look at the eight Door Gods on the four doors inside and you will see they all have blue eyes and white skin, looking like Westerners. This reflects the gratitude people felt when Koxinga drove out the Dutch; the foreigners, wearing Ming officials’ robes, now guard the door for him, creating an interesting scene. The Koxinga Museum next door contains many precious cultural relics and historical materials such as a Japanese style palanquin from the Kaishan Shinto Shrine era. From a small temple built to commemorate Koxinga in 1662 to Kaishan Wang Temple(開山王廟), Kaishan Shinto Shrine in the Japanese Colonial Period to today’s Koxinga Shrine, historical records and the context of cultural relics show the great contribution to the development of Taiwan of Koxinga.

Information

TEL +886-6-2135518

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

Category Religious Temples、Culture

Opening Hours 8:00~17:30 Free entry, open all year round

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Traveler rating:4.0 129 Reviews Write a Review

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  3. 21 Average
  4. 78 Very good
  5. 28 Excellent

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  1. 24 Families
  2. 29 Couples
  3. 38 Solo
  4. 1 Business
  5. 23 Friends
  • KPR777

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    Fantastic blue tile roofs and red painted doors throughout this site

    Traveler rating:4 2019-06

    I would consider this shrine a must-do experience when in Tainan. It offers a good overview on one of the country's most important leaders, Koxinga, and also boasts spectacular blue tiled roods, red-painted doors and an unusual mix of greens in the color palate of the buildings that I had not seen elsewhere in Taiwan. Beyond this, the beautiful gardens to the right of the Shrine are nice to stroll through.
  • GlobalGypsy_13

    San Diego, California

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    Green and Historic Oasis

    Traveler rating:5 2019-06

    This shrine to the "liberator" Koxinga is a green urban oasis. There is a small park with a pond and sprouting dragon, a temple, a museum, a gift shop, and a perimeter wall lined with historical objects. No price is right -- free -- and the learning opportunities limitless. Do enjoy.
  • 430bertv

    Phoenix, Arizona

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    Worth a look

    Traveler rating:4 2019-04

    Honoring Koxinga, the Chinese general who defeated the Dutch and expelled them from Taiwan forever. Nice park.
  • Bowi72

    Kriftel, Germany

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    Nice shrine with a collection of old music instruments

    Traveler rating:4 2019-04

    The shrine has been beautifully restored, we visited it in the late afternoon, which I would recommend, since there is a beautiful sunlight in the area. At the side of the shrine is a small park that invites for a brief rest. The neighbouring building is a museum with some nice artefacts. It is not a large area, you should calculate something between 30 and 60 minutes for a visit. There was no entrance asked for.
  • Bryan H

    Portland, Oregon

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    The shrine itself is nothing to remember, but ...

    Traveler rating:4 2018-12

    ... inside on the left are rooms that tell about the history of Koxinga, his parents, his children and the politics of China, Taiwan and Japan. (Oh, and also the Dutch colonial merchants who set up shop in this area for almost 40 years before they were tossed out.) I don't entirely understand Koxinga's appeal ... since he died so young (not even 40 years old), but he obviously means something to the locals. Part historical figure, part divine presence. Check out this temple! There's also a museum right next door that we didn't look at.

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