Meinong East Gate Tower

The Meinong East Gate Tower (traditional Chinese: 瀰濃東門樓; simplified Chinese: 弥浓东门楼; pinyin: Mínóng Dōngmén Lóu) is a historical gate in Meinong District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Meinong East Gate Tower
General information
LocationMeinong, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Coordinates22°53′44.1″N 120°32′55.9″E / 22.895583°N 120.548861°E / 22.895583; 120.548861
Height10.63 meters

History edit

The tower was constructed in 1755 to become the defense installation on the east side of Minong Village.[1] The tower was destroyed during the revolt against Empire of Japan in 1895. In 1937, the tower was upgraded by local merchants and dignitaries. During the Pacific War in the 1940s, a small extension of the tower was added at the top in which a large bell was hung to be used as an air-raid alarm. However, both of the extension and the bell were removed after the war. In May 2000, the gate was designated as a county-level ancient monument by the Kaohsiung County Government.

Architecture edit

The tower was constructed with Qing Dynasty architecture with a height of exactly 10.63 meters from its foundation to its highest peak.[2][3] The front of the gatehouse hangs the banner of Initiation of Civilization which refers to the simulation of a local elite's inscription, which witnesses the changes of Meining in time.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Meinong East Gate". Meinong District Office, Kaohsiung City. 5 March 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Architechture [sic] 003:Meinong East Gate Tower". Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Kaohsiung City Government. 2 June 2021. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  3. ^ "The East Gate Tower". Kaohsiung Travel. 30 November 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2021.