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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- Suggested Months for Visiting
- All year
- Section 1, Zhongxiao West Road, Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
Monday: open 24 hours
Tuesday: open 24 hours
Wednesday: open 24 hours
Thursday: open 24 hours
Friday: open 24 hours
Saturday: open 24 hours
G Songshan-Xindian Line Beimen
A little small, interesting; pls go in the dayWorth a stop by if you’re visiting Ximending or Taipei Main Station as they’re nearby, but it is a bit small, so don’t just go there just to see it. Takes about 15-20mins, and its history interesting if you like these kind of things. But do go in the day or at least when there is some day light. Or you’ll have to strain with your handphone torch to read the information at night like me, which was not the most ideal. XD the lighting is minimal so does not illuminate all the words well. Do rmb to look up when you are at the centre of the gate! There is a bagua (八卦) with some words between the ceiling planks, but we could not make out what they are.
Historic GateThe North Gate is the only Qing era gate still in its original place. Set by a very busy road not an overwhelming site, but interesting.
Christchurch, Nueva Zelanda
A Small Piece Of HistoryA small building which appears at first to be oddly placed in the midst of a very busy section of roadway. While it is not itself named, there are plaques and map references indicating this oddity"as being the North Gate of the original Taipei City Wall. The old wooden doors look as if they are original, adding to the character of this historical building.
De Pere, Wisconsin
Vermillion-colored gate in the middle of bustling trafficLocated at the intersection of Zhongziao West Rd. and Bo'ai Rd. in the Zhongzheng District, this is one of the four remaining city gates. Built in 1884 during the Qing Dynasty, it was once part of a system of walls and gates that were mostly torn down by the Japanese to facilitate military movement. Standing in the middle of bustling traffic, its vermilion facade resembles a fort with classical elegance. I would not go out of my way to see it, but if you are in the area, take a photo or two.
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.
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