◼️It is one of the must-visit attractions in Kinmen.
◼️Guided tours are offered for free every day.
◼️There are other attractions in Shuitou Village within walking distance.
Deyue Tower was built in 1931 by a Fujianese architect named Chen Nan-An who was commissioned by villagers when Shuitou Village was starting to prosper in business. It was the highest building in Shuitou Village at a time when Kinmen was frequented by vicious pirates.
Located right by the coast, Shuitou Village was an easy target for burglary. Therefore, defensive mechanisms were incorporated into the architectural design of Deyue Tower. For instance, there are holes on the wall in the third and fourth floor specifically designed for guns to aim at invaders. The crenels on the parapet walls on the roof are for defensive purposes as well. There are also secret emergency paths that lead to the shelter inside the main house. Featuring both functionality and architectural aesthetics, Deyue Tower was awarded the top 100 architectures in Taiwan.
Currently, guided tours are offered to general visitors for free.
Guided tour schedule
◼️There are six scheduled daily tours 09:00、10:00、11:00、14:00、15:00、16:00
Opening Hours 08:30-17:00(Closed on Chinese New Year's Eve)
- Guiding Service
Recommended length of visit
Hong Kong, China
A historic neighbourhoodIt's worth a visit to these historic buildings in Shui'tou neighbourhood, which is located 15 mins from Jin'cheng downtown. Deyue Tower is one of the well preserved western buildings in the neighbourhood. There are also other historic buildings, including Jincheng Primary School and Shuitou Historical Houses. The Wind Lion Cultural Museum is located right next to Deyue Tower, where you could learn more about the Wind Lion (Shisa or Guidance Lions) and try an interestingly named milk tea there.
another olden day villagethis building is located at shuitou village and it was built to prevent from pirates. a very special building where full of combination of western and eastern culture. Every single corner and bricks on the house symbolized the beliefs and culture on the olden folks.
Quaint but niceEven though this Tower ain't big, it is one of the better attractions that I have visited in this island. The Tower is there for a purpose, as a look out for pirates that used to taunt local people. Local people that have made it big overseas would remit funds to build this fortress to fend local people from those "pest" pirates and the Western influenced architecture is to showcase their wealth. The souvenir shop here actually sells a healthy dosage of stuff that's relevant to local culture. Overall, it's one of the better destinations that I have been here thus far. Commendable visit.
Nice Little LandmarkDeyue Tower was used to as lookout tower to spot pirates during the early 20th century. The tower isn't really that tall and unfortunately you cannot go inside it. However, there is museum adjacent to it with lots of information about the inhabitants and migrants of the island. Plus, there are some cool traditional homes nearby. Oh, and it's free.
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