Hobe Fort

Hobe Fort, Tamsui: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Hobe Fort Reviews: 3.5/5

9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Following the Sino-French War (1884-1885) and the Battle of Tamsui, the Qing government decided to construct ten new forts across Penghu (Pescadores), Keelung, Hobe (Tamsui), Anping (Tainan), and Qihou (Kaoshung) to strengthen Taiwan's coastal defense. In 1886, Hobe Fort or "Bei Men Suo Yao," meaning "Key to the North Gate," was built by the appointed governor Liu Ming-Chuan. In 1886, Liu Ming-Chuan hired German technician Max E. Hecht to oversee the construction of the fort, basing its design on the blueprints of German forts. The construction was completed in 1889 and included four cannons imported from Britain and Germany. The words "Bei Men Suo Yao," were engraved at the top of the entrance of the fort in 1886 by Governor Liu himself. Since the fort was never involved in any warfare, its main structure has remained intact and well preserved to this day.
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< 1 hour
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The area
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Neighborhood: Tamsui / Bali District
The enchanting Tamsui Old Street boasts the most beautiful Fisherman’s Wharf sunset of Taiwan. There are also well-complimented delectable snacks such as Ah Gei (bean curd) and fish ball, etc. On Bali left bank, there is the Ferry Old Street and Wazihwei Nature Reserve. It is relaxing and comfortable whether by strolling or cruising through on a bike. Besides the bustling business district, Tamsui is also full of an old vintage flavor. From western architectural relics to residences dating back to Japanese rule, each with their respective features and great stories to tell. If you visit Tamsui in spring, the magnificent cherry blossoms of Tianyuan Palace are a must see. If you wish for further intimacy with nature, why not camp out for the night under the starry sky. The Bali culture park camping site offers round, transparent bubble tents. Experience the close, seamless connection to surrounding nature from within for an unforgettable memory.

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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan11,148 contributions
Fort in Tamsui
Jul 2019 • Solo
Hobe Fort is an ancient fort near Cloud Gate Dance Theater. You have to climb a slop, but it is not hard. As I visited, it was the 1st Monday of the month, and I couldn’t get inside. I therefore took some pictures outside.
Written July 6, 2019
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mklam
SG38 contributions
Nice view of the port and sea
Dec 2017 • Family
Nice and peaceful place for a walk. All the forts were removed. There is a small hill where you can see the port in the distance.
Written January 1, 2018
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D C
Paoli, PA217 contributions
Another place that could of been much more...
Oct 2017 • Family
This old fort is the place that the Chinese won their one and only war against "Western powers" during the twilight years of the Qing Dynasty (Chinese won against the French forces). After the victory that General of Taiwan defense decided to fortified this fort further with top of the line British and German cannons. Too bad they were taken away by the Japanese during WWII, but I just wish the attraction could of at least put back a replica of the cannons.

Now the fort is pretty much empty. Empty rooms with little explanations to tell you what they are used for. There is a "guided-tour" every hour that the guide will explain them. But without actual cannons the place just seem disappointing. The fort stood could be a lot more and the area is very nice for pictures and scenic.
Written October 28, 2017
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xydancer
Rugby, UK75 contributions
Best combined with trip to Cloud Gate Theater
Sep 2017 • Solo
Interesting old fort built in the late 19th-century high on the hill overlooking the Tamsui estuary. Very much like European forts of the time. Some interesting displays related to the Sino-French War.
It's a way out of Tamsui, though, and unless you're into military architecture/sites, probably not really worth a trip on its own. But if you're going to the Cloud Gate Theater, worth dropping into, especially as it's free.
Bus 836 from Tamsui Bus Station to the gate. Others stop at the riverfront at the bottom of the hill.
Written October 22, 2017
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BangkokAndy1976
Bangkok, Thailand434 contributions
5 minutes walk
Dec 2016 • Family
Well, it's a five minute walk once you're inside but it's a twenty minutes plus walk from the San Domingo fort. Tip #1 the ticket for the San Domingo fort includes entrance to this fort. Tip #2 give them both a big miss.
Written December 5, 2016
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  • Mon - Fri 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM