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

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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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3.5 158 Reviews Write a Review

Traveler rating

  1. 3 Terrible
  2. 3 Poor
  3. 72 Average
  4. 55 Very good
  5. 25 Excellent

Traveler type

  1. 22 Families
  2. 22 Couples
  3. 65 Solo
  4. 2 Business
  5. 25 Friends
  • 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.
  • Jane C

    Historic Gate

    2019-08

    The 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.
  • FyingKiwi

    Christchurch, Nueva Zelanda

    Traveler type:

    En pareja

    A Small Piece Of History

    2019-07

    A 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.
  • CJW913

    De Pere, Wisconsin

    Traveler type:

    En pareja

    Vermillion-colored gate in the middle of bustling traffic

    2019-04

    Located 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.
  • Nolinice

    Traveler type:

    En solitario

    Underwhelming

    2019-03

    Perhaps 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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