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    visit Anping Fort

    by hanspeter_W. Written Oct 7, 2013
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    In 1624, Dutch built the first fort in Anping, Taiwan, called "Fort Zeelandia", now known as Anping Fort, where has been the administrative center of the Dutch regime, and the hub for trading. The building was originally constructed in square inner fortress and rectangle outer walls. In 1661, the fort was renamed as Anping to commemorate his home town when Guoxingye (Cheng Cheng-Kung) has driven the Dutch out of Taiwan. Therefore, Fort Zeelandia was also known as "King's Fort" or "Taiwan Fort", nicknamed Anping Fort

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    visit chikhan tower (Provintia tower)

    by hanspeter_W. Written Oct 7, 2013
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    Tainan ChikanlouiChihkanloujis built by the Dutch in 1652. It was originally called Provintia. In Dutch it means eternity. The Chinese called the building "ChikanlouiChihkanlouj", "Fanzailou" or "Honmaolou". Although ChikanlouiChihkanlouj has gone through Ming Dynasty, Qing Dynasty and the Japanese Colonization Period, it basically still maintains its original look.

    Chikanlou iChihkanloujhas been an administration center from the Dutch's occupation period. In 1661, when the Chinese General Cheng Chengkung repelled the Dutch, Provintia was changed to be Chentien governor's mansion. In the early stage of Qing Dynasty when Taijiang River was still running, the tides could reach ChikanlouiChihkanlouj directly. "The sunset in ChikanlouiChihkanlouj" was one of the eight famous scenes in Taiwan.

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    confuzius temple

    by hanspeter_W. Written Oct 7, 2013
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    The Tainan Confucius Temple, also called the Scholarly Temple was built in 1665 when Cheng Ching, son of Koxinga approved of the proposal by Chief of General Staff Chen Yung-hua to construct the Temple on the right side and the National Academy(to be called "Guo Xue" hereafter) on the left side of a hill, with both of them facing the south. On the east(left) side stood Ming-Lun Hall (Hall of Ethics), built as a place for instructors to offer lectures and cultivate intellectuals. On the west(right) side was the sanctuary called Ta-Cheng Hall (Hall of Great Achievement), housing the mortuary tablet of Confucius, as well as those of his distinguished disciples. The Wen Miao and Guo Xue compound, the first of its kind in the history of Taiwan, was thus called the First Academy of Taiwan

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    visit anping treehouse

    by hanspeter_W. Written Oct 7, 2013
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    Abandoned for many years, a gigantic banyan tree has taken over the warehouse in various ways, including its aerial roots and trunks that have became part of the architecture. The brick walls of the warehouse have faded and collapsed which allowed roots and trunks to take over walls, windows, doors and ground forming an extraordinary scene.

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    GREAT QUEEN OF HEAVEN TEMPLE

    by kaoshui Written Sep 17, 2003
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    The Ta Tien Hou (Great Queen of Heaven) Temple was built in 1684 for the worship of Taiwan's most popular deity: Matsu, Goddess of the Sea. Matsu is the patron deity of fishermen, and her birthday on the Z3rd day of the third lunar month (it falls in April or May) is celebrated each year with frenetic explosions of colorful activity. The goddess is usually flanked by two guardians, Eyes that See a Thousand Miles and Ears that Hear on the Wind; these are said to have once been malevolent spirits who were reformed by Matsu's example and now use their powers to help her do good works.

    A secondary deity in this temple is the Old Man under the Moon, a sort of matchmaker god worshipped especially by unmarried men and women. They believe that all they need do is pray to the god for a red" matrimonial thread" or apply their rouge before him and they will quickly find a mate.

    Location: 18 Yungfu Rd., Lane 227

    Hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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    OFFICIAL GOD OF WAR TEMPLE

    by kaoshui Written Sep 17, 2003

    This temple, along with the Confucius Temple, is known as one of the oldest and best-preserved temples in Taiwan. Just when it was originally built is not known, but according to legend it was during the Ching dynasty's Yungli reign, in the mid-17th century. During the Ching dynasty, this is where government officials offered sacrifices to the god.

    The God of WAR (kuan Ti or Kuan Kung) worshipped here holds a heavy sword and rides a swift horse. His mortal origin was as a general of the late Han dynasty (early 3rd century) who, because of his behavior, became a symbol of uprightness and loyalty to later generations and was finally deified. He is said to have been good at managing finances and to have invented a method of accounting, and so is also worshipped (by businessmen, especially) as the God of Commerce.

    The entrance to this temple has a particularly high threshold,and for a reason. In the old days, it is said, women were banned from the temple and the high threshold was designed to keep them out.
    Location: 229 Yungfu Rd., Sec. 2
    Hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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