Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)

Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), West Central District: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) Reviews: 4/5

Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)

Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
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Historic Sites • Historic Walking Areas • Architectural Buildings
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2,154 contributions
Our all too short visit to Chihkan Tower was interesting but not spectacular.
Jan 2020
In January 2020 my wife and I included a 6 night Wendy Wu private tour of Taiwan as part of our 18 day Asian trip we arranged to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Our tour took in Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Tainan and Kaohsiung. While in Tainan we visited a number of historical attractions including the Grand Matsu Temple, the Hayashi Department Store, Anping Old Fort, the Tait and Tait Merchant House, the Anping Tree House and the Chihkan Tower.

Chihkan Tower is the current name for the former Fort Provintia, which was a Dutch outpost built in 1653 during the Dutch colonization of Taiwan. Chihkan Tower has proved to be versatile over more than three centuries: it was a Western castle when Taiwan was under Dutch rule, a Chinese-style pagoda in the Qing Dynasty, an army hospital for the Japanese colonists, and is currently a museum testifying to the past glory. In 1886 the original Dutch structure was remodelled with the establishment of the current three main buildings, the Haishen Temple, the Wenchang Pavilion and Penghu Academy.

We only had a fleeting twenty minute look at the complex which was probably too short to fully appreciate what it had to offer. We did have a look inside the Wenchang Pavilion, but only saw the Haishen Temple from the outside and did not see the Penghu Academy. We did admire the nicely landscaped gardens throughout the complex.

Inside the Wenchang Pavilion is a restored scale model of the original Fort Provintia in a glass viewing case which gives visitors a good insight into what the original fort looked like. There was also a piece of the original roof adornment on display. What we did find interesting was the section of the remains of the brick wall from the original fort. The walls were made of red bricks as the main material and a mixture of water, sugar, glutinous rice and oyster shells as the adhesive, giving these bricks a durability, having lasted over 300 years.

The Chihkan Tower complex is obviously an important historical site in Tainan. However given the shortness of our visit we felt we did not get as much out of this place as we did at the Anping Old Fort the next day. In summary we found our visit to Chihkan Tower to be interesting but not spectacular.
Written June 27, 2020
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Leslierx
Mayville, NY227 contributions
Spot is lovely amid renovation
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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Regie Belga
Dasmarinas City, Philippines11 contributions
Average
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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JohannesNL023
Amsterdam, The Netherlands189 contributions
Historical place not to be missed
Dec 2019
In the middle of Tainan, this tower is more an educational than a religious place. Beautiful decorations, historical ties to the Dutch (an old door and staircase are the only remnants). At night it is a very quiet place to wander around for 30-45 minutes or so.
Written December 24, 2019
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ST T
25 contributions
Nice old building
Dec 2019 • Friends
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.
Written December 2, 2019
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KrisD_pl
Warsaw, Poland7,224 contributions
Former fort Provintia
Dec 2018
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.
Written November 3, 2019
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Wanderering1
Lake Macquarie, Australia688 contributions
Interesting Features: Mixed History
Oct 2019
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.
Written October 31, 2019
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,139 contributions
Better than usual...
Sep 2019
...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.
Written September 28, 2019
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Rani A Wahyono
Indonesia408 contributions
COLORFUL PAVILION
Sep 2019 • Family
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.
Written September 22, 2019
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grapecrossing
Vancouver, Canada49 contributions
Taiwan history
Sep 2019 • Friends
If you want to understand the history of Taiwan in a snap shot, chihkan tower is the place to go. Beautiful view of the surrounding area at the top of the tower , the mix of the modern and the traditional. Don't forget to feed the fish and try the famous local joints across the street.
Written September 18, 2019
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