-Forget about the modern world in Shuitou by wandering amongst Kinmen's widest variety of traditional architecture.
-Find out why Kinmen has Western-style buildings, and about typical food and clothes from back in the day in the two museums (Jinshui Elementary School; Overseas Chinese Culture Museum)
-Prolong your "other-worldly" visit by staying overnight in one of the gorgeously restored traditional houses, and/or having a coffee or meal in one of the cafes or restaurants.
Everywhere you turn in Shuitou, there's a beautiful building. The many different styles and kinds of architecture reflect the village's history. 18 different clans consider Shuitou their ancestral home. The Li and Huang family groups (still common surnames in the village today) trace their arrival all the way back to the 1300s.
Due to the village's proximity to a sea harbor, during the early Qing dynasty (late 1600s, early 1700s), most villagers made a living by trading with Hangzhou and Jinzhou, China.
In the later years of the Qing dynasty (late 1800s, early 1900s), many young men ventured further afield to Indonesia. Some of them became rich, and returned home to refurbish ancestral shrines, build houses and establish schools.
There's a saying in Kinmen about Shuitou: "You can be as rich as a Shuitou person, but you can't build houses like one."
Highlights include the "Eighteen Beams", a set of 9 houses, each with two courtyards, laid out in neat rows, dating from the late 1700s. Shuitou's Western-style villas, built in the early 1900s, are particularly grand, and have been excellently renovated.
Opening Hours Open all day(the 2 museums are both open 08:30-17:00, daily except for Chinese New Year's Day)
Recommended length of visit
Singapore, null, Singapore
Normal - Not much to expect.We travelled so far, to view historical houses. The only memories were that this house has an external stove, builds like a tomb, a fire place. The letter boxes coloured & build with the words written in mandarin "KinMen". Some bomb shelters could still be standing next to these houses (where the residents hides in these during air raids -in war time). Our group even visited schools & vacated Peranakan houses (now taken over & refurbished by the Taiwanese government). Anyway, there are two KinMen, a Big & Small KinMen (the smaller being an island), so it depends on which you are visiting.
Union City, California
18 traditional architectural Wang housesA successful businessman returned Kinmen to build a village of 18 houses including a school and family temple. The architecture is well kept but too many businesses residing there to ruin the integrity of these unique historic houses.
Old Architecture on KinmenThere are several places on Kinmen where old architecture has been preserved. Where it has been preserved/restored it is beautiful and educational. Kinmen people are very friendly.
Nice small villageIt’s impressive how there are so many Fujinaese style houses still intact all over Kinmen. Shuitou Village near the Ferry Terminal of the same name is one of the villages with a small concentration of Fujianese style houses. Deyou Tower is the recognizable structure seen in many Kinmen postcards.
Nice village to visitIf you visit Kinmen Island, that is probably one of the nicest places to visit. Just take the bus from Jincheng, and then walk around the village and have a look at the old houses, the former school and Deyue tower. Nothing overly exciting, but really pleasant for an hour or two.
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