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 Former Tainan Magistrate Residence(原臺南縣知事官邸)

Traveler rating:4 69 Reviews

Sunday:10:00 – 22:00





The Old Taiwan Magistrate Residence (原臺南縣知事官邸), constructed in 1900, is known to Tainan residents as "The Clock Tower" owing to the clock pattern in relief on the gable of the original roof (山牆圖騰狀). As well as being the official residence of the county magistrate, it was also used as an imperial residence when the Japanese royal family came to visit, making it the only building designed for royal residence in southern Taiwan. As of 1941, about 20 members of the Japanese Imperial Family had visited and stayed in the building, even more than the Taipei Guest House, which was the Governor-General's residence during the Japanese Colonial Period. This shows the importance of the building, especially as the Crown Prince Hirohito (later Emperor Showa) stayed overnight in the building during his visit to Taiwan in 1923. A new wooden wing was specially constructed for his visit, and two tennis courts were added to the right of the building for his enjoyment. Although no trace remains of the tennis courts, the fact that they were built clearly shows the importance attached to the imperial visit and the effort made.


TEL +886-6-2097000

Address East Dist., Tainan City Taiwán, R.O.C

Category Historic Sites、Culture、Handicapped Access

Email serviceotmr@gmail.com

Open Hours Sunday:10:00 – 22:00
Monday:10:00 – 22:00
Tuesday:10:00 – 22:00
Wednesday:10:00 – 22:00
Thursday:10:00 – 22:00
Friday:10:00 – 22:00
Saturday:10:00 – 22:00

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Traveler rating:4.0 69 Reviews Write a Review

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  • Noriko717

    Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

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    Beautiful and well preserved building

    Traveler rating:4 2019-03

    This is one of the most sophisticated buildings built during the Japanese occupation period and is well preserved. There is not much remnants of the Japanese Imperial family except for the souvenirs with Imperial chrysanthemum mark and a life size photo of the late Showa Emperor. Nice cafe on the ground floor.
  • kimitakas

    Taichung, Taiwan

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    Solo travel

    Beautiful building

    Traveler rating:3 2018-11

    This is a former governor’s residence, and during Japanese governing time many royal family members visited and stayed here. Nowadays, it is a coffee shop and a accessory shop, and of course you can enter inside. Because it is on the back side of the railway station, not many tourists come here. But it is worth taking a look.
  • Ivana O

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    Friends getaway


    Traveler rating:5 2018-01

    The architecture here is so great. I like it. When we arrived, it's almost 5 o'clock. And there are so many seller in front the buildings. Some sell diy stuff and some food. This building is 2 floor. Inside the first floor it's a cafe, shoes shop and gifts shop. They sell ice cream too 😀 On the 2nd floor they sell vintage furniture. So cool! And the 1st picture is on the 2nd floor. Spend half or an hour is enough :)
  • Tom C

    Beijing, China

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    Beautiful building

    Traveler rating:5 2017-07

    It is not a big building but quite beautiful to my eyes. It also had a very nice gift shop and a cafe.
  • Jorhada

    Hagen, Germany

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway


    Traveler rating:4 2017-11

    The building out of the 19th century, build in English colonial architectural style, intially housed the japanese local governor and visitors of the royal family. Today, you will find there a cafe and some shops. If you are interested in architecture, it is definitely worth a visit.

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