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Chihkan Tower

Spend some time at this 17th-century Dutch fort, known for its classical Chinese architecture, statues and picturesque gardens.

A witness to more than three centuries of history, Chihkan Tower is one of Tainan’s most famous buildings. The old structure is also known as Fort Provintia and within its grounds are statues, ponds and buildings of architectural beauty.

The fort was first constructed by the Dutch in 1653 and since then has passed through numerous owners, including the Ming and Qing dynasties and the Japanese. The two Chinese-style towers within the grounds were built over the original fort which was destroyed by an earthquake. As you make your way through the site, look for some of the original brick foundations.

Upon entering the grounds, stop to examine the Statue of the Compromise between Koxinga and the Dutch. This sculpture depicts the Dutch surrendering to the Chinese military leader Koxinga in the 17th century.

Go to the first tower, which is known as Haishen Temple. The 19th-century building stands on a site once occupied by Fort Provintia’s southwestern bastion. Outside you will see nine upright stone slabs, called steles. They were a gift to the city of Tainan by Emperor Qianlong who ruled China in the 18th century. Step inside the building for the exhibition dedicated to Koxinga and the original fort.

Browse the exhibition dedicated to the Qing civil service system inside the second tower, the Wenchang Pavilion. Climb the stairs to the second floor, which houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Kuixing. According to Chinese mythology, this deity was once a mortal who failed his civil service examinations. He is now said to oversee academic and career-related achievements.

Elsewhere, enjoy the manicured lawns, pond and waterfall. Observe the nine turtle statues carrying large tablets on their backs. The figures date back to the Qing Dynasty.

Chihkan Tower is situated in Tainan's West Central District. To get there, take the bus from Tainan’s main train station. The fort is open daily and there is an admission fee.


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Lakeshore Hotel Tainan ¥8,089
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No. 269, Section 1, Yongfu Road, West Central District, Tainan
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Tainan City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Tainan Ximen Store and Tainan Confucian Temple. Chihkan Tower and Shennong Street are also within 1 mi (2 km). Tainan Station is 25 minutes by foot.

    Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan ¥11,222
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    Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan

    89 Section West, University Road, Tainan
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Tainan hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Focus Square, Chihkan Tower, and National Cheng Kung University. Tainan Flower Night Market and Tainan Confucian Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tainan Station is only a 4-minute walk.

      ECFA Hotel Tainan ¥1,429
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      ECFA Hotel Tainan

      8F, No 145, Sec 2, Zhongyi Rd., Tainan
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Tainan City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chihkan Tower, Tainan Confucian Temple, and Shennong Street. National Cheng Kung University and Tainan Flower Night Market are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tainan Station is 14 minutes by foot.

        FX Hotel Tainan MinSheng Road Branch ¥3,617
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        FX Hotel Tainan MinSheng Road Branch

        8F., No.76, Sec. 2, Minsheng Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Tainan City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shennong Street, Chihkan Tower, and Tainan Confucian Temple. Tainan City Hall and National Cheng Kung University are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tainan Station is 23 minutes by foot.

          City Place Hotel ¥6,985
          City Place Hotel

          City Place Hotel

          No.132, Sec. 2, Zhongyi Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Tainan City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tiantan Tiangong Temple and Chihkan Tower. Tainan Confucian Temple and Shennong Street are also within 10 minutes. Tainan Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            Silks Place Tainan ¥14,319
            Silks Place Tainan

            Silks Place Tainan

            No 1 Heyi Rd, West Central Dist, Tainan
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Tainan hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Tainan Ximen Store and Tainan Confucian Temple. Chihkan Tower and Shennong Street are also within 1 mi (2 km). Tainan Station is 25 minutes by foot.

              La Plaza Hotel ¥7,407
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              La Plaza Hotel

              202 ChengKong Road, Tainan
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Tainan City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fort Provintia and Chihkan Tower. Shennong Street and Tainan Confucian Temple are also within 15 minutes. Tainan Station is 15 minutes by foot.

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                Chateau Rich Hotel

                Chateau Rich Hotel

                No.114, Chenggong Rd, North Dist, Tainan
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Tainan City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ji Dian Wu Miao and Chihkan Tower. National Cheng Kung University and Tainan Confucian Temple are also within 15 minutes. Tainan Station is 10 minutes by foot.