Kaohsiung: The British Consulate at Takow

The British Consulate at Takow-2Located on a hilltop overlooking Sizihwan, the former British Consulate was built in 1865 with red-bricked archways, displaying unique, old British colonial style architecture. This 145 year-old building is now the most antique western building preserved in Taiwan which is also listed as a second-class historic spot. The baroque building was designed by a British engineer and built by Chinese craftsmen. During the Japanese Colonial period in 1931, the building was transformed into an ocean observatory. The building underwent two major destructions in its lifetime so far, including a serious bombing by the American Air Force during World War II, and the powerful Thelma Typhoon in 1977. It was later renovated in 1986 while being classified as a class two historic site by the Kaohsiung City Government and was ordered by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs to administer the maintenance and operation of the British Consulate Building until today.

The British Consulate at Takow-3The British Consulate at Takow-1Today, the interior of the “Former British Consulate at Takao” is divided into four sections where historical documents, photographs and items from the old days are  displayed. With fireplaces in the dining room, the studio and the bedroom, and a basement used as storage room, displaying a strong sense of British style. There is also a historical trail that connects the Consulate building on the hilltop to the office building by the harbor. Outside, the building faces two spectacular views including the view of Sizihwan and outlooks over Kaohsiung Port on the other side. Visitors can now enjoy a meal or a cup of coffee within the building as leisure and dining areas have been recently added.