Fort San Domingo

Fort San Domingo, Tamsui: Hours, Address, Fort San Domingo Reviews: 4/5

Fort San Domingo
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Fort San Domingo, located on the hilltop overlooking Tamsui River estuary, was established by the Spanish in 1628. It was torn down by the Spanish before they were expelled from Tamsui by the Dutch in 1642. The Dutch then built Fort Antonio near the ruins of Fort San Domingo. Since the local inhabitants in Tamsui at the time referred to the Dutch as "red hair savages," the fort was nicknamed "Hong Mao Chen," meaning the "Red Hair Fortress." In reference to the early Spanish occupation, we now use the original Spanish name Fort San Domingo to represent the historic site, although the actual castle we see today is the Dutch fortress Fort Antonio. Fort Antonio is a two story cube-shaped building, measuring 15.25 meters on all four sides while standing 13 meters tall. The deep foundation, thick walls, and mix of stones and bricks provide the fort with strong and effective fortification. Following the Opium War, the British government leased the fort from the Qing government for their consulate. Modifications were made accordingly for consular business. To accommodate the needs of the consul's family, the consular residence was then built on the eastern side of the fort. This Victorian building was constructed with red bricks and features verandas as well as a four-sided steep roof, providing a warm and delicate atmosphere. The fusion and influence of Dutch and British architecture has painted the "Green Hill" and surroundings with a unique balanced quality.
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Neighbourhood: Tamsui / Bali District
The enchanting Tamsui Old Street boasts the most beautiful Fisherman’s Wharf sunset of Taiwan. There are also well-complimented delectable snacks such as Ah Gei (bean curd) and fish ball, etc. On Bali left bank, there is the Ferry Old Street and Wazihwei Nature Reserve. It is relaxing and comfortable whether by strolling or cruising through on a bike. Besides the bustling business district, Tamsui is also full of an old vintage flavor. From western architectural relics to residences dating back to Japanese rule, each with their respective features and great stories to tell. If you visit Tamsui in spring, the magnificent cherry blossoms of Tianyuan Palace are a must see. If you wish for further intimacy with nature, why not camp out for the night under the starry sky. The Bali culture park camping site offers round, transparent bubble tents. Experience the close, seamless connection to surrounding nature from within for an unforgettable memory.
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Jason Luke
Doha, Qatar20 contributions
A good sidetrip
Mar 2020
A good place learning about history, trade and European colonization.It's also a good spot for taking pictures. A good side trip in Tamsui. Who knew that the Spaniards had a fort nearer to mainland China while they had Manila in possession.
Written 3 January 2021
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia371 contributions
A relic from colonial times
Aug 2020
Fort Santo Domingo has had many occupants, it was once a British consulate. Danshui was once an important port, so this was a significant building.
Written 10 October 2020
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boocat149
BC58 contributions
Cost of Admission/Golf cart to top
Nov 2019
Others reviews have covered all there is to say about the site but I considered that folks like me might like to know the cost of admission. In November 2019 I paid 80 NT$

There is assistance to get to the fort for those who are elderly or have difficulty with mobility. I expect you can ask for a ride in those circumstances. We just happened to come out after paying the entrance fee when the fellow pulled up with the cart and offered us a ride. My 20 something companion was delighted because I am older than dirt so he offered me the ride. Not sure if the option is open to you if you are fit. Actually - the walk is quite nice - we did it down.
Written 8 February 2020
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ECWorld
Hong Kong, China2,642 contributions
Good for a few photos
Jan 2020
This attraction includes a historic fort and a Victorian style mansion which used to be the residence of the British Consul. Pretty photogenic particularly on a fine day though.
Written 13 January 2020
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Tour45782379143
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A good place for people with interest in history!
Nov 2019
People with interest in the British history would like it. Personally speaking I found nothing great about it. More than the fort I liked the view of the beach from the fort. :)
Written 18 November 2019
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD6,983 contributions
Hillside fort with nicely preserved Victorian residence.
Oct 2019
After returning to the Shillin Station from visiting the Palace Museum, we took the MRT to its northern terminus. In front of the large brick Tamsui Station, we boarded the #26 bus for 2 km northwest to the Fort San Domingo stop. First we strolled the waterfront to the Tamsui Museum Custom's Wharf with displays on the 19th C port.
The British Consulate boat shelter ruins were just across the fort entrance where, after paying US$ 2.25 each, we took the incline. Most interesting was the preserved Victorian residence complete with period furnishings. We also had free access to the Aletheia University next door with its beautiful concert hall and the 1882 Oxford University building now housing its archives.
Now take the bus #26 to the Tamsui District's tight covered market streets..
Written 31 October 2019
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yehwanyun
Taipei, Taiwan97 contributions
The neighborhood with good maintenance
Jul 2019 • Couples
If you can spend one day in Tamsui district and are a historical spot lover, don’t forget to visit this place. It is not very big so it’s very easy to walk the whole area, and there are many introductions to provide you the history, culture background of this, very helpful information to help you understand everything around you. Recommend take 60mins for this spot.
Written 9 October 2019
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spiv005
Manila, Philippines280 contributions
Interesting history
Apr 2019 • Friends
We learnt a lot about the colonial history of Taiwan through visiting the fort, which I found interesting because I always find it good to know about the place I’m visiting.

The entrance is opposite the bay then you have to walk up fifty or so steps to get to the fort which is a red painted building. Why is it red ? Visit and read the history.

Some nice views of the bay and then later we took a ferry to the fishing village and had a nice view of the fort from the ferry

Worth a visit if you’re interested in historical buildings.

Written 14 April 2019
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AlvinNJQ
Singapore, Singapore50 contributions
Easy to locate
Apr 2019 • Couples
If you are a person who love historical building and history than is recommended. Location at Tamsui station, would recommend you to walk as is roughly about 15 minutes to reach destination. Along the way there are shop houses the whole stretch of road. Once there you need pay $80 for entrance.
Written 9 April 2019
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bcheong
Singapore, Singapore25,759 contributions
History
Mar 2019 • Couples
Went back in time. Didn’t know much about taiwan history this far back. This spanish fort was built in 1628!
Written 17 March 2019
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