Kaohsiung Lighthouse

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Kaohsiung Lighthouse
Kaohsiung Lighthouse is located in Taiwan
Kaohsiung Lighthouse
Location Kaohsiung
Coordinates 22°36′56″N 120°15′54″E / 22.615417°N 120.264944°E / 22.615417; 120.264944Coordinates: 22°36′56″N 120°15′54″E / 22.615417°N 120.264944°E / 22.615417; 120.264944
Year first constructed 1883
Year first lit 1918 (restored)
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape octagonal tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, black lantern dome and rail
Height 15.2 metres (50 ft)
Focal height 58.2 metres (191 ft)
Light source mains power
Range 25.2 nautical miles (46.7 km; 29.0 mi)[1]
Characteristic Fl (4) W 30s.
Admiralty number P4618
NGA number 13796
ARLHS number TAI-001
Managing agent Maritime and Port Bureau[2]

The Kaohsiung Lighthouse (Chinese: 高雄燈塔; pinyin: Gāoxióng Dēngtǎ), also called Cihou Lighthouse (Chinese: 旗後燈塔; pinyin: Qíhòu Dēngtǎ) or Cijin Lighthouse (Chinese: 旗津燈塔; pinyin: Qíjīn Dēngtǎ), is a lighthouse in Qijin District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.[3][4]


Old image of Kaohsiung Lighthouse

After the signing of Convention of Peking in 1860 during the Qing Dynasty rule, the Takau Harbor was opened to foreign traders in 1863. With increasing commercial shipping activities and a lack of a proper ship navigation system, the British engineers built a Chinese-style rectangular red-brick lighthouse at the top of Mount Ki-au (旗後山), at the southern side of the harbor.

During the Japanese rule, in line with the expansion of the harbor, the lighthouse was rebuilt in 1916 as part of the project. It underwent renovation in 1918 to what it looks like today. The base of the lighthouse building was rebuilt in Baroque style.

In 1985, the lighthouse was rated a Class 3 Building of Historical Interest by the Ministry of the Interior and was subsequently opened to the public.


The lighthouse tower provides an excellent view of the entire Port of Kaohsiung.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kaohsiung lighthouse Archived 2016-03-31 at the Wayback Machine. Maritime and Port Bureau
  2. ^ Kaohsiung The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved April 16, 2016
  3. ^ "Cihou Lighthouse, Cijin Island(Cijin District)". K720.kcg.gov.tw. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  4. ^ "Cihou Lighthouse". 

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