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Taipei City Wall-South Gate (Lizheng Gate) 南門-麗正門

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3.5 169 Reviews

Wednesday:open 24 hours




The South Gate, or “Lizheng Gate”, was completed in 1884 (the 10th year of Emperor Guangxu's reign) and boasts the most stately façade that befits the majestic main gate of Taipei City. Built with elaborately crafted stones from the suburban Dazhi area, the South Gate features a hornless dragon (chilong) motif that sets it apart from similar structures in the neighborhood. Having survived the Japanese colonialist offensives that ruined much of the city’s protective structures, though, the South Gate, nevertheless, was starting to show signs of age. A Nationalist Government’s attempt to restore its façade in the Northern Chinese palatial style totally changed its looks but, fortunately, preserved both the masonry foundation and round opening in the wall. Located beside the Class-1 historic site of Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau at the intersection of Gongyuan Rd., Nanchang St and Aiguo W. Rd., and due to its proximity to the President’s Residence, the area is heavily guarded with “plainclothes” military policemen who can easily intimidate passersby, which is a shame. Next time when you walk by, don’t forget to slow down and appreciate this beautiful gate that once defended Taipei City from harm.


Historic Sites
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Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
Taipei City Government
Phone Number
Roundabout at the intersection of Aiguo W. Rd. and Gongyuan 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


Nearby MRT

R Tamsui-Xinyi Line Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

G Songshan-Xindian Line Xiaonanmen

R Tamsui-Xinyi Line NTU Hospital


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Traveler rating

  1. 3 Terrible
  2. 3 Poor
  3. 75 Average
  4. 60 Very good
  5. 28 Excellent

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  1. 21 Families
  2. 22 Couples
  3. 66 Solo
  4. 2 Business
  5. 27 Friends
  • 619je

    Keysborough, Australia

    Rare surviving example of city gate


    North Gate (Beimen in Chinese) was built in 1884, predating the Japanese colonial period (1895-1945). It gave access to Taipei City through the city walls, which were demolished in the early Japanese colonial period. The gate is a five-minute walk west of the Taipei Main Station. If you spend any time in the downtown area, you are almost certain to see North Gate. It is a rare surviving example of a blockhouse city gate, built in red brick.
  • Betty C

    Historical gate


    It is the only gate remaining of the five ancient Qing Dynasty city gates so there is a good amount of history. There are some explanatory plaques in this small park located in the median of 2 busy streets. It is worth a nice 15 minute visit if you are in the area, I wouldn't make a special trip.
  • scottofhawaii

    Honolulu, Hawái

    Traveler type:

    En solitario

    Something to see...


    ... with a small amount of information provided on monument-type displays on the sidewalk as to it's history and how the stone was quarried. You can't miss this; it is on a main thoroughfare quite close to Taipei Main Station. My only thought about the North Gate is that it is probably serves a good landmark and meeting point. Above average rating for the historical relevance.
  • BillyK1980

    Melbourne, Australia

    Last part of the wall


    This is the last part of the wall left, I wouldn’t rush here but if you are close to central station it’s worth popping by
  • Wanderering1

    Lake Macquarie, Australia

    A Tiny Remnant


    If you are nearby then it is certainly worth a visit but not worth a trip across town. This is the only remaining part of the wall which once surrounded Taipei.

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