Anping Fort Zeelandia in Tainan City

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The grounds of Tainan's Anping Fort (Fort Zeelandia) 安平古堡 showcase an interesting part of Taiwan's history.  This fort played large part in many incidences throughout the almost 40 year occupation by the dutch when Taiwan was known as "Dutch Formosa".

 

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The Anping Fort area is very well mapped out and fun for vistors and locals alike. The famous Anipng Old Street starts in front of the fort. The Old Street sells fresh food and snacks. The Anping Treehouse is also only a 5 minute walk from the Anping Fort Gate.  Tickets for the Anping Fort are 50 NT for adults.

 

 

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The Dutch seized the area around Tainan in 1624. At this time, the Dutch were looking for an outpost in Asia that would help them trade more easily with other countries, especially China. Fort Zeelandia was built in 1627 as a strong hold for the Dutch army and navy.

 

 

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There are many remnants of the fort. The red brick stone walls are still intact and there are a few cannons placed around the leafy grounds.

 

 

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The upper level of the fort has been turned into a museum highlighting some of the important events during the Dutch occupation.

 

 

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Visitors can see small weapons and uniforms of the soldiers at the time as well as sketches and paintings of ships and famous figures.

 

 

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There are statues of the two famous Taiwan generals of the time. One is Zheng Zhilong 鄭芝龍 . Zheng was a former pirate who became a Taiwan admiral. He fougnt and defeated the Dutch in their attempts to tax all ships in 1626.

 

 

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Koxinga is the most famous general. He led the Taiwanese navy in the final 9 month siege to oust the Dutch from Taiwan in 1662. Although the Dutch returned to North Taiwan soon after, they didn't last and were soon driven out. Taiwan then became part of the Qing Dynasty of China.

 

 

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The Anping Fort area is fun for visitors. It's easy to walk around and it is a peaceful clean place. Bicycles can be rented to ride around the area and enjoy the food and sites.

 

 

 

 

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