Excursion to the Dutch Castle
Better know as Âng-mn̂g-siânn
The Dutch Castle
Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 1pm
Taiwan, New Taipei City, Tamsui District, 淡水紅毛城
Meeting Place: The front desk of Fengya Hall at 13:00.
Bring your Easy Card, umbrella, water, and keep yourself warm.
Brief History of the Castle
The phrase Âng-mn̂g-siâⁿ is Taiwanese language to describe a fortress built by Western people with red hair. This relic was originally built by Spanish people who were trying to gain a foothold in northern Taiwan. They tried to build up a place where they could do business and profit during the Age of Discovery(大航海時代). However, the Dutch had a war with them. The Spanish was defeated and burnt it down. The Dutch re-built it in 1644 and name it Fort Antonio after Antonio van Diemen, who was a Dutch Asia governor of the time. The Dutch built up a colonization settlement in parts of Taiwan from 1624 to 1662, 38 years in total. This fortress or castle became very important for trading business and military defense later in years to come because of its strategic vantage point. Many nations had used this place for different periods of time in history. We will learn more tomorrow when we get there.
Brief History of the Tariff Officials' Residence
13:00-13:10 Go catch the bus 557 to Shihlin MRT St.
13:30-14:00 Ride from Shihlin MRT St. to Tamsuei MRT St.
14:00-14:15 Take Bus 857/ 836/ Red 26 to the Castle
14:15-14:30 Take a break and take pictures
14:30-15:20 Join the guided tour at the Castle
15:20-16:00 Walk to the Little White House
16:00-16:30 Join the guided tour at the House.
16:30-16:40 Walk to the old street and dismiss on site