August 23rd Artillery Battle Museum
- On Aug 23, 1958, Mainland China shelled Kinmen. Find out details about this historic day in the museum exhibits.
- An introductory video is played in Chinese, and there are free guided tours (in Mandarin Chinese) every day.
- Nearby is Banyan Park, an impressive fig tree garden.
Besides a timeline about the historic battle, you can also see some of the military hardware used: the F-86 Sabre fighter plane, the 156-mm howitzer, an amphibious landing vehicle, tracked (LVT) and a light tank, the M24 Chaffee. Engraved on the walls of the entrance hall are the names of the 587 officers who lost their lives in the battle.
The names of the 587 officers who had lost their lives in the battle were engraved on the walls on both sides of the entrance hall. The left wing of the museum accommodates the F-86 Sabre and the 155-mm howitzer. On the right, there is an amphibious landing vehicle tracked (LVT) and a light tank, the M24 Chaffee. The exhibits give visitors a glimpse of the joint operations the three forces carried out in the battle. Furthermore, visitors can also learn more about the historic event from the comprehensive timeline and historical facts of the August 23 Artillery Battle on display.
Guided tour schedule, daily
- 09:00, 10:00, 13:30, 15:00
Video screening schedule, daily
- "Theater of Shock", a 5-min video (in Mandarin Chinese)
- For group visitors: 08:40, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30
- For individual visitors: 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
Opening Hours 08:30-17:00, daily except for Chinese New Year's Day
Recommended length of visit
Union City, California
A nice war museumAs a former artillery officer, it’s a must do activity to visit the 823 War museum because it was a cannon battle. It has a detailed introduction of the 823 War. When it started and ended. How many shells from where and the damages to different regions of Kinmen. Luckily, Kinmen is made of a very strong granite, thus it can sustain the bombardments of so many shells. Believe it or not, the shells left created a new business in a Kinmen, the famous Kinmen Shell knives.
Loved it the History and understanding is greatit was the end of our day so we didnt get as long as i would have liked there but it was the most interesting museum that I have visited, also FREE
Charlotte, North Carolina
Decent MuseumHaving lived in Mainland China for so long it is quite interesting to get a Taiwanese perspective. It is a small museum but very informative.
A history lovers delightDetailing the island's experiences during the Taiwan Straits Crisis when mainland China fired continuous artillery barrages at the island and with no where being safe from long range guns. While biased towards the Taiwanese viewpoint, it was very informative and easy to understand.
Los Angeles, California
Impressive!The 823 War Museum was completed in 1988, 30 years after the 823 Battle. (The People's Liberation Army extensively shelled the island during the Second Taiwan Strait Crises in 1958, August 23 through October 6.) Outside of the museum, it displays fighter jet, tanks and cannon used during the war. Inside the museum, it displays documents, pictures, military data, No. of shells falling into Kinmen (474,910!), and news/reports. Rong-Yuan-Wei Lu (榕園慰盧) is just right next to the museum. It has the buildings showing classic Southern Fujian architecture (慰盧). There is a huge banyan tree in the beautiful garden (榕園).
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