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Remains of Taipei Prison Wall 臺北監獄圍牆遺蹟

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Wednesday:open 24 hours




During the 1910s, Japanese colonists erected a massive prison in Taipei and another one in Tainan as part of the move to suppress the anti-colonial uprisings that were intensifying across Taiwan. In a style common among 19th century correctional facilities worldwide, the now-defunct Taipei Prison featured cell blocks that radiate outward, and high walls made of stones up-cycled from the Taipei Prefecture bulwarks demolished in the 1910s. The prison wall is historically significant in part because they are composed of andesite and Qilian stone sourced during Emperor Guangxu’s reign from hillside quarries in Dazhi or Neihu, and transported to the shores of Keelung River; next they were shipped to the Hegoutou Wharf via Tamsui River by boat. The long-winding journey added to the worth of the wall. 


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Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
The side wall of Chunghwa Telecom’s office on Jinshan S. Rd., Da'an Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

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Wednesday open 24 hours
Thursday open 24 hours
Friday open 24 hours
Saturday open 24 hours

Services & Facilities

  • Toilets


Nearby MRT

R Tamsui-Xinyi Line Dongmen

G Songshan-Xindian Line Guting

R Tamsui-Xinyi Line Daan Park

R Tamsui-Xinyi Line Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall


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  • 619jeffry

    Essendon, Australia

    Prison wall has historical significance


    The remains of the Taipei Prison Wall are worth seeing if you have an interest in Taiwan's modern history. The Taipei prison was the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945) mainly to house political prisoners. Many Taiwanese rebelled again Japanese rule. and a large prison was necessary to house them. Many Taiwan people take resistance to Japanese rule seriously and the prison wall is seen as a memorial to Taiwan's struggle for independence. .
  • John C

    Skip It!


    This wall is actually a place you can skip on the list of places to visit. You will not miss much. It is just a brick wall with not much of anything on it. A plaque of that sort cannot even be found to explain the history of the world. This wall does have a lot of history, but it is not that obvious. You will have to search the internet to fully appreciate it. If you do not have enough time, this wall is definitely a place you can miss without any guilt.
  • mostlyharmless

    Singapur, Singapur

    Traveler type:

    En solitario

    Not really worth the effort, unless you are in the area


    Again, although this feature does make the guidebooks, it generally is featureless and quite unimpressive. There may be historical significance to the wall, but sadly, to the average visitor (that's me!), this doesn't really rate a long detour.
  • alexeyivanko

    Moscú, Rusia

    Nothing interesting


    Just a wall. Really nothing to watch. It possible watching this wall only from one side. Another side closed by the buildings.
  • TangCS74

    Singapur, Singapur

    Traveler type:

    En solitario

    More could be done


    Within walking distance from mrt station DongMen. As the name suggested, it’s a wall and nothing else. Before the wall is a small park with benches to rest those tired legs. However the absence of shades make the place unbearably hot on a sunny day. As it’s an important part of Taiwan history more could be done to educate the future generations of its existence. Perhaps historical photographs of the prison in its former glory could be displayed on site in a small memorial structure. Otherwise there’s really no point making your way here.

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