Updated on: June 30, 2018
Chihkan Tower 赤崁樓 was built in the 1650s by the Dutch and originally named as Provintia which means eternity functioning as a administration center. From afar, Chihkan Tower looks like the a grand palace of yesteryear complete with Chinese styled rooftops and intricately carved eaves surrounded by matching back, front yard garden with carefully manicured bushes. Stepping into Chihkan Tower which have been long forgotten-ed by many, history buffs would be splendidly delighted to find that almost each and every piece of artifact in Chihkan tower are carefully retained in its most primitive forms. From the wooden blind doors with its supporting beams at the main entrance, decorative rooftop beams, faded gold painted signboards to red doors decorated with gold pop ups and heavy brass pieces of handles. Despite going through numerous centuries from the Ming and Qing dynasties as well as surviving through the Japanese occupation serving different masters, Chihkan took on many different roles such as place of administration, place of worship for Guanyin goddess and army hospital. Through it all, Chihkan amazingly maintained its looks as when it was first constructed.
Visit this area for the artefacts littered around Chihkan and learn about its history today.