The central area of Tainan hosts a number of historic sites. The major one are the Chihkan towers, formerly known as Fort Provintia or Sakam Tower, Chìkǎnlóu in Chinese(赤崁樓). This was a fortress the Dutch built in 1653, then converted to Chinese style. The national museum of Taiwan literature contains exhibits of local literature. The Great South Gate (in Chinese: 大南門城 Dà Nánmén Chéng) is the only remaining gate with a section of the old city walls.
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