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
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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.
Nicely preserved little piece of historyThis is a great example of continued effort of Taipei and Taiwan to preserve its history and to improve its overall aesthetics. A big ugly highway used to hide away this gate, and thank goodness the elevated road had been torn down making way for a nice small park to be built around this historical site. Nicely done.
Taipei WallImpressive to realize that at some point Taipei too had a protecting wall! As far as I know, this is the only remaining part. It's nice the Government has kept that in such a good state of conservation. Thumbs up!
Simple gateSimple gate near the river. There isn’t much around here & it seems quite bare so I wouldn’t come here especially
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!
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