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Xiaonanmen 小南門

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Thursday: open 24 hours

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Introduction

The Taipei City Wall was one of the last city walls to be built during the Qing period. Though only the gates survive, the original fortifications were extremely strong, with walls four meters thick five meters high and extending a total of four kilometers.

Most Chinese walls have four gates, but the Taipei wall had five. Some say that the fifth gate—Xiaonanmen (Little South Gate)—was built especially for the convenience of the family of local tycoon Lin Pen-yuan in Banqiao, though this has never been proved. Whatever the facts, Xiaonanmen is indeed a unique case. The gate was unfortunately destroyed by the Japanese along with the East Gate and South Gate, but after World War II it was rebuilt as a city wall tower in a northern Chinese palace style. Only the foundation endures from the original wall to continue watching over the city Taipei.

Information

Themes
Historic Sites
Subject
Family
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
Address
Aiguo W. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

Opening Hours

Sunday: open 24 hours
Monday: open 24 hours
Tuesday: open 24 hours
Wednesday: open 24 hours
Thursday: open 24 hours
Friday: open 24 hours
Saturday: open 24 hours

Services & Facilities

  • Toilets

Transportaiton

Nearby MRT

G Songshan-Xindian Line Xiaonanmen

Review

TripAdvisor Reviews

3.5 16 Reviews Write a Review

Traveler rating

  1. 0 Terrible
  2. 0 Poor
  3. 10 Average
  4. 6 Very good
  5. 0 Excellent

Traveler type

  1. 4 Families
  2. 2 Couples
  3. 7 Solo
  4. 0 Business
  5. 2 Friends
  • michaelt238874Y

    Singapur, Singapur

    Traveler type:

    Con amigos

    A landmark of the past

    2017-07

    I stayed at a hotel near Xiaonan men or 重熙门 as was the name inscribed on the beam of this old structure so I had a bird's eye view of this monument when I looked out of my hotel room. Some of the previous reviewers had commented on the history of Xiaonan men and interestingly it attracted more reviews from Japanese tourists perhaps because it was re-built by their countrymen. From an elevation it looked like a stately structure but left alone and is now a traffic island. On a typhoon night it was a solid building fighting against the storm and wind. There is a tree lined foot path on the east of Xiaonan men towards Taipei 101, which added a little dignity to its solidarity feel. I don't know much about the history here to add any further comment. If you happened to be in the area then stop by and have a look.
  • FyingKiwi

    Christchurch, Nueva Zelanda

    Traveler type:

    En solitario

    Unremarkable

    2017-01

    This is the only remnant left of Taipei’s city wall, built during the Qing period. This particular gate is also unique in that it was the fifth gate in a wall, at a time when city walls only had four. What is seen however, is in fact a reconstruction of the original gate, which was destroyed (along with two other gates), by the Japanese during the second world war.
  • 534shunsuket

    Osaka, Japón

    Traveler type:

    En solitario

    近づけない

    2019-07

    道路の真ん中にあり、交通量もあるため近づけない門ですが、装飾が美しく見ごたえがあります。総統府からも近いためいい場所です。
  • kimnasin

    Seúl, Corea del Sur

    Traveler type:

    Con amigos

    타이베이부성 시절의 소남문

    2019-03

    과거 청나라가 만든 타이베이부성의 문 중 하나. 소남문이지만 솔직히 남문과 그렇게 크기 차이가 큰지는 모르겠습니다. 야경이 은근히 예뻐요.
  • Naoko2830

    Japón

    Traveler type:

    En familia

    外観が綺麗

    2018-10

    散歩していたら突如見つけて立ち寄りました。龍山寺などよりも個人的には外観が好きでした。長居はできないので写真撮るスポットには良いと思います。

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