It's been a while since I posted a lighthouse on this blog, so I'm going to rectify that today. Hungchwun is way to the south, but even farther south is Kunding National Park(墾丁國家公園), which encompasses the whole southern peninsula of the island. In this park is a historic lighthouse, the Uhlwonbee Lighthouse(鵝鑾鼻燈塔). This lighthouse was built in 1883 when Taiwan was still a colony of the Ching Dynasty. Like many Ching Dynasty lighthouses, it was not actually built by the Manchurian government, but by an Englishman. There are quite a few English-built lighthouses on the coast of China, near the ports that were open to foreign trade and settlement during the Ching period.
Because the local Paiwanese people were not always friendly to outsiders traipsing around in their territory, the lighthouse was designed to also function as a fort; an unusual feature for a lighthouse.
Outside of the lighthouse, near the entrance (This is the only lighthouse I've been to in Taiwan where I was charged a fee to enter the grounds.) there were these animal tiles. I thought they were cute. You can also enjoy laughing at how unable I am to hold a camera straight. Seriously, what gives with me?
Here it is!
Here we can see how the whole thing is surrounded by a trench and these sloped walls. There are also some places where there are holes for cannons. Most lighthouse keepers back in the day would have had to contend with boredom and loneliness, but the keeper at this lighthouse would have been in the company of a contingent of soldiers, and would have experienced the exhilarating thrill of period raids by angry Paiwanese soldiers out for blood/heads.
Guess what the weather was like?
Perhaps this is where the cannons were originally located?
A cannon hole in the surrounding wall.
Here's the lighthouse in 1948.
Former flags for the Republic of China coast guard, or something like that. I forget.
Magic turtle thing on a temple ceiling a little ways off from the lighthouse.
After leaving the lighthouse, I drove up the peninsula on road 26, and then across 200 back to Hungchwun. The area was filled with scenes of pastoral beauty such as these.
There was also this place where gas naturally seeps up from the ground. Once it catches fire, it stays going until the next heavy rain.
And we're back in Hungchwun. I thought this old house was neat. It looks like a relic from the Japanese period.
More city walls next time.