The North Gate is located at the intersection of Zhongxiao West Road, Yanping North Road, Zhonghua Road, Yanping South Road and Bo’ai Road in Zhongzheng District.
There are five historic city gates in Taipei: the East Gate (Jingfu Gate), West Gate (Baocheng Gate), South Gate (Lizheng Gate), Lesser South Gate (Chongxi Gate) and North Gate (Cheng’en Gate). They were built by Liu Ming-chuan during the reign of Emperor Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty as a measure to expedite urban development by encouraging businessmen to invest in or build houses/streets in Taipei City.
Also known as Cheng’en Gate, the North Gate in erstwhile Taipei City served as a major gateway to Dadaocheng. The two-story fortress of North Gate is enclosed by sturdy walls in the form of a highly guarded citadel. For surveillance and defense reasons, the square- and round-shaped window openings on the front and back of fortress are the only two features on the second floor. Similar to the East Gate, the North Gate in its inception had a small enclosure on the outside, commonly referred to as “urn city”, or “Wong Cheng” in Chinese. There used to be a horizontal plaque saying “The Key to Territory Safety” which had hung across the gate. The plaque was unfortunately removed by Japanese colonial rulers and is now located on the empty lot in front of the North Gate for display.
In light of the emerging trend of cultural heritage preservation in recent years, the city authorities decided to abandon a demolition plan of the historic North Gate. Of the five ancient city gates, the North Gate is the only one that remains what it used to look like in the Qing Dynasty, as well as one of the most valuable state-designated historic sites in Taipei.
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- Section 1, Zhongxiao West Road, Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
G Songshan-Xindian Line Beimen
UnderwhelmingPerhaps the location surrounded by main arteries full of traffic, or the diminutive size given the tall buildings backdrop, I found the site of limited interest, in spite of the historic importance.
Historical gateThis is a historical gate of the city and is very well maintained. It located near to the Taipei main station. Nothing exceptional to see here.
INTERESTING SURROUNDS OF OLD AND NEWAs a structure it was of some interest although one has to imagine how this fitted into the overall city defences. It is just a building pretty much on its own. What I found interesting was the old and new buildings and highways that surrounded it. It was almost like a building lost in time and decades of progress
Nice to look up and see, and that's about it ...Don't come especially to look at it. Probably if you're out and about, it will suddenly come into your vision. Compared to other sites in Asia, this one is relatively new. Plus, it sort of sticks out like a sore thumb. It is a good marker, though, of where the old city used to be. As other reviewers noted, there is not any evidence of the wall within the immediate vicinity.
Hong Kong, China
Entrance of old TaipeiThe North Gate marks the line between old and new Taipei. Although the division is not evident now, the gate itself still leads to historic Zhongzheng district.
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