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Former military fort in Kaohsiung becomes new tourist spot

2012/04/17 20:02:13

Taipei, April 17 (CNA) Kaohsiung opened a new viewing platform Tuesday at a historic fortress that had long been controlled by the military, offering tourists a prime location for viewing vessels coming and going from Kaohsiung Harbor.

The Syongjhen North Gate, built in 1875 and off-limits to the public ever since, is located on a hill overlooking Sizihwan Bay and the harbor, Taiwan's largest commercial port.

Visitors can also watch the sunset over the bay, one of the city's most scenic views, according to the Kaohsiung Urban Development Bureau.

The city government spent two years negotiating with the armed forces, which finally agreed to open the fort to the public last year, bureau officials said.

The fort's main gate, built of red bricks in an ancient Chinese style, has been designated as a historic site, the bureau added.

(By Nancy Sha and Kendra Lin)