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

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Saturday:open 24 hours




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.


Historic Sites
Campus teaching
Suggested Months for Visiting
All year
Taipei City Government
Phone Number
Roundabout at the intersection of Aiguo W. Rd. and Gongyuan Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

Opening Hours

Sundayopen 24 hours
Mondayopen 24 hours
Tuesdayopen 24 hours
Wednesdayopen 24 hours
Thursdayopen 24 hours
Fridayopen 24 hours
Saturdayopen 24 hours


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