Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)

Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)

Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
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The area
Neighborhood: 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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  • T-SGlobetrotters
    Preston, United Kingdom3,553 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rear Wenchang Pavilion still under renovation
    This is one of the few paid admission sites in Tainan. Unfortunately, the rear Wenchang Pavilion is completely inaccessible as it is undergoing full renovation. Although on the historic site of the former Fort Provintia a Dutch fort outpost built in 1653, he current Chihkan Tower was built in 1875 originally as a Sea God Temple. Much of this building is now given up to exhibition space and although mildly interesting, other working temples have much more going for them. Looking at the condition of this building, it is likely the Tower will be closed for renovation as soon as the Wenchang Pavilion is completed.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2023
  • ANParish
    Busan, South Korea998 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perhaps wait until renovations are complete
    While none of the historical attractions in Tainan have budget-busting entrance fees, we were surprised at how expensive it was to get into Chikan Tower (more than the Confucius Temple) given that one of the two towers is under renovation and cut off from access. The tower that's open and the grounds surrounding it are impressive, though, and beautiful inside and out. We visited at dusk and stayed until after dark, and the lighting was beautiful. We'll be sure to visit again when there's less construction.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 19, 2024
  • LydiaDevina
    Jakarta, Indonesia43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing iconic building
    Known as fort provintia, ancient tower which build by dutch in Tainan. Still well maintain, when we were visiting there is renovation project. Good to see this iconic building when in Tainan. There is admission fee to enter this site
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 6, 2024
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Jesse V
Fallbrook, CA204 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
The tower is under renovation so about half the area is inaccessible. The part that is there is nice, a pretty, serene grounds (not quiet as it’s facing a busy street) and a nice temple area with artifacts and exhibits which was well kept (be careful the stairs inside are uneven and small). It’s a nice place but they still charge full price for half the area so just keep that in mind.
Written May 18, 2023
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Regie Belga
Dasmarinas City, Philippines10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went during the Chinese New Year. The architecture is indeed nice. We came late in the afternoon so not much people anymore. 50.00NT$ per person. Nothing much to see other than some historical pieces.

Mosquitos abound!
Written January 26, 2020
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LydiaDevina
Jakarta, Indonesia43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Known as fort provintia, ancient tower which build by dutch in Tainan. Still well maintain, when we were visiting there is renovation project. Good to see this iconic building when in Tainan. There is admission fee to enter this site
Written May 6, 2024
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Leslierx
Lebanon, OH260 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Old Dutch (1653)building, renovated to Taiwan-style architecture after an earthquake destroyed it. Now renovations nearby look to build a newer modern area. Ponds host Koi and turtles. Park inside is serene.
Written March 10, 2020
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fabiofort
Beerta, The Netherlands614 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Solo
tainan is a fantastic city only a couple of hours away from taipei by fast train. i stayed close to the station and borrowed a bycicle. visited the chihkan tower as the first thing. it is an interesting introduction to the history of tainan and the 38 years the city and most of the country were occupied by the Dutch in the 17 th century. beautiful the turtle sculptures by the tower. i would also recommend a visit to anping fort (3 miles from the chihkan tower)
Written October 4, 2011
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Pink F
Kaohsiung, Taiwan55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
Buy a day ticket at the 7-11 store in the circle infront of the Tainan train station. There is a map online with the SHUTTLE BUS ROUTES 88 and 89 ...very easy to find. One is a blue route and one a red route. I did the red route to Anping. You sit on the bus or get on and off as you wish where you like the tourist spots..there is a map of all the tourist spots on that route and I will strongly suggest this tourist route.Find accommodation online in Anping and spend some time there. This is a holiday village at the coast with old streets, markets, lots to see and do and a great stay . Enjoy.
Written April 9, 2016
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Melissa K
Tainan, Taiwan6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012
The temple/ fort is fun but the best part are all the fish. For 10 NT you get a tube of fish food. It is a great place to people watch and has a very calm atmosphere.
Written August 1, 2012
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TexasViking
Plano, TX114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I visited Chihkan Tower this summer. After 19 years I have not seen this place, I was very impressed how well the buildings were kept. The garden and the pond with big fish were just beautiful. There were a lot of Chinese architectural details in all the towers. Above all it is a historical site with facts dated back in 17th century. I have read somewhere there is light display on the buildings at night. Good for Tainan government to keep up with this attraction. It is definitely a place to visit in Tainan.
Written August 5, 2008
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jasonsd
Vista, CA130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
Seems like a lot of people weren’t impressed with this spot, but I liked it. It’s a nice change from the temples that you see throughout the area. A nice peaceful spot to sit under the trees and watch the fish. For only 10NT$ you can feed them which was fun. Though small, it was worth a stroll through. One thing I really liked was the fish roof ends that you can see well from the second floors.
Written August 1, 2019
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limww
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
It was a Dutch military outpost in the ancient days. The building and its surrounding area were nice. The place was not big so our visit was less than an hour.

The operating hours are from 8.30am to 9.30pm, considered quite long. An entrance ticket is required for foreign visitor.
Written April 24, 2019
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