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Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)

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Address: No.212 Section 2, Minzu Road, Zhongxi District, Tainan, Taiwan
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A good overview of Tainan's history

Most information was available in English which is a real plus. The place provides excellent examples of how Tainan and Taiwan have been influenced by the Dutch, Chinese, and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Most information was available in English which is a real plus. The place provides excellent examples of how Tainan and Taiwan have been influenced by the Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese. If like me, you don't know much about Taiwan's history, this is a good point to start.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Entrance is $50 tnd and you can view the whole property within 30 mins there is a gift shop and a snack store also. You can fish the koi fish for $10 which is quite fun as they are huge fish. The view overloading the grounds is very nice. There are few temples and food stores within mins away. This... More 

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chihan Tower's greatest asset for me was the simple fact the fort's history was available to me in well written English and there was an English brochure as well. the history from Dutch to Chinese to Japanese is a good starting point to understanding Taiwanese history fron Formosa to modern Taiwan.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pay the entrance fee. Allow 30-40 minutes if you are an average tourist. Allow at least one hour if you are a history buff, especially if you have read about recent British archeologists' claim the Chinese discovered America before Columbus.

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Tomohon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a crowded place, very busy. Maybe I went on the wrong time but there were busloads of groups: chinese and foreign. Not very expensive to get in so give it a go.

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Barcelona
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ticket costs 50 TWD (25 if you have a student ID). It is a short but worthy visit in order to know more about Tainan's history.

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Essen, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is the remains of a Dutch colonial fort so why rebuild on the foundations in the Chinese style and not something more approaching the original Dutch buildings? It's really a pastiche of nothing in particular : pleasantly laid out gardens with fish pond and the row of modern stele on turtles backs!

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a great place to reflect on a piece of history of Taiwan. This used to be the administrative center and fort when the Dutch occupied the area. You could see the old Dutch structures which were build on top of by the Ming dynasty which was overthrown by the Qing dynasty. The cost to enter is very reasonable... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We walked here from our hotel which was too far really and took us an hour and a half in the midday heat - i would get a taxi or a bus and ask at your hotel which one goes this way. The entrance feee is about £2 each and you can take some nice photos - a number of... More 

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Reviewed 18 April 2017

A look into the past of Taiwan with Koxinga and the Dutch wars. Zheng Chenggong or Koxinga led the Ming armies against the Qing Dynasty. The remains of the fort is just a small part of the place. The place used to be the administrative center during the Dutch occupation. From the entrance, one comes to a manicured lawn with... More 

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West Central District/ North District
The West Central District is the most populous and the busiest area. A lot of shops and hotels crowd the district, and the long-standing history results in a variety of street food. In addition to that, this district also has the highest number of temples. This is how it got the name “Tainan’s Pantheon.” Historic buildings are literally ubiquitous. For example, Hayashi Department Store, National Museum of Taiwan Literature, Confucius Temple, Chihkan Tower (formerly Fort Provintia), Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple, Tainan Grand Mazu (name of a goddess) Temple, etc. Recently, the tourism in Tainan has laid emphasis on alleys and lanes. Examples include Fujhong Street specialising in creative handicrafts, as-you-stroll desserts on Jhengsing Street, Shennong Street lined with hundred-year-old ancient houses, Sinyi Street on which the old city gate stands, Sinmei Street where old and new cultures fuse together, and Guohua Street and Baoan Raod famous for all the savoury food. All the traditional and delicious food and flavours are about to burst in your mouth. The North District, on the other hand, is a quiet secret hideaway. Lane 321 on Gongyuan Road used to be a Japanese soldiers’ dormitory. Now a few artists have set up their studios here. There are diversified art styles in each old Japanese-style house. The Garden Night Market on Haian Road is one of the famous night markets in both Tainan and Taiwan, and was the top 12 Facebook check-in location worldwide in 2013.
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