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Anping Old Fort(安平古堡)

Updated:2018-12-13

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A combined Dutch military and commercial force captured modern day Anping in 1624, and built Fort Zeelandia(熱蘭遮城) as its defensive stronghold, which was completed in 1634. In 1662, Koxinga successfully took the Dutch fort back, and changed the name to Anping. The inner fort became the seat of government for Taiwan, and so it was known by Taiwanese as King's Fort. During the Qing Dynasty, excessive silting of the Taijiang shore gradually reduced the fort's importance, and it was neglected after being damaged by Qing soldiers who took building materials for the building of Eternal Golden Castle. The fort was rebuilt after the Japanese Colonial Period, and renamed Anping Old Fort (安平古堡) after World War II. Today the only remnant of the Dutch period is the southern brick wall outside the front gate of the Old Fort, covered in the tangled roots of old banyan trees, evidence of the nearly 400 years of Taijiang's history. In 1975, as part of the Tainan City Government's "sightseeing year" project, Anping Old Fort was repaired and its grounds extended. A pointed roof was also added to the observation tower, and the wall was painted white; that is the Anping Old Fort that we see today.

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TEL +886-6-2267348

Address , Anping Dist., Tainan City Taiwan, R.O.C

Category Culture

Opening Hours Monday to Sunday 8:30~17:30 Full price tickets NT$50, half price tickets NT$25 (Free entry for Tainan residents with IDs)

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  • BettyandLingShing

    Malaysia

    The old fort is almost completely gone

    Traveler rating:3 2019-05

    nping Old Fort was built in 1632 by Dutch, to safeguard the entrance to Tainan seaport. It was originally named as Fort Zeelandia. The fort was taken by Koxinga in 1662, and renamed it as AnPing. The fort was completely abandoned under the ruling Qing Dynasty. The complex we can see today is built after World War 2. The remnant of the original fort built by Dutch- a wall located around 50 meters behind the entrance, and an barricaded old well. The white tower which we can see in the tourism leaflets and websites is standing on the foundation of old fort. It was built after World War 2. There is a souvenir shop and information center beside the tower. There are so many stories to tell on the site, but yet so few have been conserved. Anyway, it is still a must visit site in Tainan.
  • KPR777

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    Important historical site worth visiting

    Traveler rating:4 2019-06

    Anping Old Fort offers a very interesting glimpse into the Dutch period when the fortification was called Fort Zeelandia. Interestingly, the tower was built in 1945 by the Japanese just before their defeat in WWII. The surrounding neighborhood is also wonderful to wander around -- with lots of shops, restaurants, live music and temples to explore.
  • sar77107

    Taiwan

    Traveler type:

    Business

    Nice history place

    Traveler rating:5 2019-04

    The place is full of history. The old building looks nice. The surround old street which have a lot store to buy and eat local. Make sure go to the top to enjoy the view of the city.
  • manucanuck

    Hong Kong, China

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    Historical fort

    Traveler rating:5 2019-07

    Great introduction to how the Dutch ‘ruled’ the Taiwan peninsula and how the revolutionist took back over. It’s not a big area, it has a little air-coned museum and a lookout platform overseeing the area. You can also buy a pass for Twd 150 visiting 5 old historical places.
  • nagisa0725

    Shoufeng, Hualien

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    Anping Old Port

    Traveler rating:5 2019-06

    This place has so much history and story to tell. Sadly most parts of the old port reconstructed. But it is still worthy to visit and take a rest. Personally, I learn a lot about the history of Taiwan.

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