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Chikan Tower(赤嵌樓)

Traveler rating:4 997 Reviews

Saturday:08:30 – 21:30





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.


TEL +886-6-2205647

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

Category Historic Sites、Culture

Open Hours Sunday:08:30 – 21:30
Monday:08:30 – 21:30
Tuesday:08:30 – 21:30
Wednesday:08:30 – 21:30
Thursday:08:30 – 21:30
Friday:08:30 – 21:30
Saturday:08:30 – 21:30



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Traveler rating:4.0 997 Reviews Write a Review

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  4. 16 Business
  5. 190 Friends
  • STtan12345

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Nice old building

    Traveler rating:4 2019-12

    Historical buildings. Mainly written in chinese. For those that can’t read probably not worth the visit. Will be better if they have guided tour. There are 2 nice little ponds around. Souvenir shop sell the beer that has koxinga. Taste pretty normal. Nothing much else in the area.
  • KrisD_pl

    Warsaw, Poland

    Former fort Provintia

    Traveler rating:3 2018-12

    The tower was built in 19th century on the place of former Dutch fort Provintia, which was destroyed by the earthquake. Nice structure but we did not enter as we were too late.
  • Wanderering1

    Lake Macquarie, Australia

    Interesting Features: Mixed History

    Traveler rating:4 2019-10

    One of 2 forts built by the Dutch in the 1600’s but little evidence of the fort remains. Inside there is an exhibit and picture honouring a hero of Taiwan (Koxinga). In another building there is a display on examination material from the Confucian era (inChinese only unfortunately). The grounds are well kept with nicely clipped shrubs and the is also a koi pond, with bridge.
  • 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


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    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.

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