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

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3.5 164 Reviews

Monday: open 24 hours

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Introduction

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.

Information

Themes
Historic Sites
Subject
Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
Address
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

Transportaiton

Nearby MRT

R Tamsui-Xinyi Line Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Review

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3.5 164 Reviews Write a Review

Traveler rating

  1. 3 Terrible
  2. 3 Poor
  3. 75 Average
  4. 56 Very good
  5. 27 Excellent

Traveler type

  1. 23 Families
  2. 22 Couples
  3. 66 Solo
  4. 2 Business
  5. 26 Friends
  • BillyK1980

    Melbourne, Australia

    Last part of the wall

    2019-11

    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

    2019-10

    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.
  • aybeer

    Paranaque, Filipinas

    Traveler type:

    En familia

    Iconic

    2019-10

    This place is worth the stop. An iconic place which is just neat the Taiwan Main Station. This an Old Gate is in the middle of the city which is presereved.
  • Scott I

    Xinyi District, Taipéi

    Traveler type:

    Con amigos

    It's Old

    2019-10

    A gate from 1889. Jammed in the middle of two busy streets. Qing Dynasty era used to be a gate into a walled area. Japanese tore the walls down I believe. Go during day when plaques can be read. Dont just do this.
  • takyb2016

    Jurong, Singapur

    Traveler type:

    En pareja

    A little small, interesting; pls go in the day

    2019-09

    Worth 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.

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