After we spent some time exploring Anping Treehouse, we headed over to another popular spot in Tainan, Chihkan Tower.
About Chihkan Tower:
Chihkan Tower, also known as Fort Provintia, was built in 1653 by the Dutch. The fort served as their primary military and trading post until 1662, when the Ming Dynasty conquered it and took control.
In 1883, the Qing Dynasty gained control over Taiwan and ruled it for two centuries. Two pavilions and a small school were eventually added to the fort, and in 1945 it was renamed Chihkan Tower after “Chakam,”an aboriginal village, that stood here before the Dutch.
Thoughts on Chihkan Tower:
Visiting Chihkan Tower was something we really enjoyed during our time in Tainan, and we felt the deep history that is connected to the fort just by walking through the grounds. There are a few different buildings on the premises, and we climbed to the top of the main pavilion to take in our surroundings and watch the sunset.
The buildings have been preserved in the original style, and the gardens are well maintained. There was some information at the top of the pavilion and also in the gift shop, but it was unfortunately mostly in Chinese. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed our time exploring the fort.
While visiting the fort is not something that could take up an entire day, it was still worth making the stop and checking out.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (open until 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays)
Price: 50 NTD
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