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Deyue Tower

4.5 53 Reviews

Updated:2019-07-26

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Introduction

Highlights
- 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.
Deyue 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.
Deyue Tower
Free guided tours (in Mandarin Chinese) lasting 20-30 mins are offered every day except for Chinese New Year's Eve.
Deyue Tower
Guided tour schedule:
09:00、10:00、11:00、14:00、15:00、16:00

Information

TEL +886-82-321103

Address No.45, Qianshuitou, Jincheng Township, Kinmen County Taiwán, R.O.C

Opening Hours 08:30-17:00, daily except for Chinese New Year's Day

Admission charge Free

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Guiding Service

Recommended length of visit

1-2hrs

Directions

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  1. 0 Terrible
  2. 0 Poor
  3. 5 Average
  4. 22 Very good
  5. 26 Excellent

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  1. 15 Families
  2. 9 Couples
  3. 14 Solo
  4. 2 Business
  5. 11 Friends
  • _smithjason88

    Zhangzhou, China

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    It's alright

    3 2019-03

    Maybe I just didn't know much of the history behind it. But I seen most on the island. This is one of the things the was alright. But it was just a tower you can't even enter in the middle of a small village. Like I said, maybe I just didn't know enough history on it beforehand.
  • 712alvinm

    Hong Kong, China

    Traveler type:

    Couples

    A historic neighbourhood

    4 2018-06

    It'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.
  • Irene T

    Singapore, Singapore

    Traveler type:

    Family

    another olden day village

    4 2016-09

    this 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.
  • Ping L

    Timaru

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    Quaint but nice

    4 2015-09

    Even 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.
  • Luke-In-China

    Xiamen, China

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    Nice Little Landmark

    3 2015-01

    Deyue 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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