- Deyue Tower is on the list of Taiwan's Top 100 Historical Buildings.
- Free guided tours (in Mandarin Chinese) are offered every day.
- It's in the middle of Shuitou Village, which has many other attractions within walking distance, including Jinshui Elementary School Museum and the Overseas Chinese Culture Museum.
In the early 1900s, Shuitou Village was prosperous from the trading business. Being close to the sea, it was a relatively easy target for pirates. So the villagers decided they needed to ward them off. In 1931, a Fujianese architect was commissioned to build this distinctive defensive tower.
Special defensive features include holes in the walls on the 3rd and 4th floors just big enough for guns to aim at invaders. There's also a secret emergency escape path between the tower and the house next door.
Free guided tours (in Mandarin Chinese) lasting 20-30 mins are offered every day except for Chinese New Year's Eve.
Guided tour schedule:
Opening Hours 08:30-17:00, daily except for Chinese New Year's Day
- 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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