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
One of the most historic building of taiwan historyThe North gate is one of 5 gates built in Qing Dinasty, but the only remain original as it build, full of interesting story inside, including the position that is not exactly at the North, like it!
Close to the Taipei train stationAn old gate in a nice square close to the Train station. There are informative displays in the surrounding square about how it was built.
ANCIENT GATE IN MODERN CITY!We stayed at citizenM and it was a 3 minutes walk to the North Gate. We must have walked past more than 10 times over our 5 days stay. Interesting to find an ancient gate in a modern city. Beautiful sight.
One of the original gatesThe gate was constructed in 1884 by the Qing Dynasty and was part of the fortifications to the citadel.Today it is the only remaining gate in its original form from the times of the Qing dynasty.
Great Historical Site for a Brief VisitThis is a truly historical an site to see in person if you are interested in history. The old gate is situated in busy road intersection and built more than 100 years ago. In 2016, the freeway overpass above it was removed, but it still lacks the grand gardens and ponds planned for long ago by the city. We would have liked to get out from the car next time and walk around to experience the old history.
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