Eternal Golden Castle

The Eternal Golden Castle (Chinese: 億載金城), alternatively but less well known as Erkunshen Battery (二鯤鯓砲台), is a defensive castle in Anping District, Tainan, Taiwan.

Eternal Golden Castle
億載金城
Anping, Tainan, Taiwan
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Eternal Golden Castle is located in Taiwan
Eternal Golden Castle
Eternal Golden Castle
Taiwan
Coordinates22°59′15″N 120°09′32″E / 22.98750°N 120.15889°E / 22.98750; 120.15889Coordinates: 22°59′15″N 120°09′32″E / 22.98750°N 120.15889°E / 22.98750; 120.15889
TypeCastle
Site information
OwnerQing Dynasty (1874-1895)
Empire of Japan (1895-1945)
Taiwan(Republic of China) (1945-present)
Site history
Built1874
Built byShen Baozhen
Eternal Golden Castle
Traditional Chinese億載金城
Erkunshen Battery
Traditional Chinese二鯤鯓砲台
The entrance to the castle.
The moat surrounding the castle.

HistoryEdit

The castle was built in 1874 and completed on 1876 by the famous Qing official Shen Baozhen in order to safeguard the coast and to defend the island against Japanese invasions. This military facility saw its first action in the Sino-French war of 1884. When Taiwan was ceded to the Empire of Japan by the Qing in 1895, the Taiwanese people fought under the Republic of Formosa banner against the invading Japanese battleships from this fortress. Under Japanese control this military facility lost its value. Its value is completely lost when during the Russo-Japanese War the imperial Japanese government sold some of the fort's cannons.[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Attractions > Hot Spots > Tainan City > Eternal Fortress >". Eng.taiwan.net.tw. Retrieved 2014-05-25.

BibliographyEdit

  • Bender, Andrew et al. (2004). Taiwan. San Francisco: Lonely Planet.