Anping Fort to Be Renamed Fort Zeelandia 安平古堡更名「熱蘭遮堡」 文史工作者有異見

Tainan historians are against the name change of a proposal to merge two national historic sites in Anping Fort and rename it into Fort Zeelandia. 

The red brick walls are one of Anping Fort's calling cards. In 2020, the refurbishment of nearby residences uncovered additional architectural relics. The Tainan City Government applied to the Bureau of Cultural Heritage to classify the entire site as a national historic site.  

Huang En-yu, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Architecture, NCKU: “ (After the excavation), the entire outline and shape with the sharp corners emerged, and it was the same as Vlissingen on our reconstruction map or historical images.”

Yeh Tse-shan, Director-General, Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan City: “There are the remnants of Taiwan City Wall and also the city wall of Fort Zeelandia and architectural relics within the city wall. It's really hard for locals to pronounce this name.”

The Bureau of Cultural Heritage has approved a name change from Anping Fort to Fort Zeelandia. Tainan's Cultural Affairs Bureau is preparing to change all the signage. Historians say Anping Fort is the result of construction by the Dutch, Koxinga, and the Japanese during the colonial period. Changing its name to Fort Zeelandia will only reflect one of those eras.

Cheng Tao-tsung, Historian: “Anping Fort is one of only a few historic sites in Taiwan to have structures from the Dutch rule, the Kingdom of Tungning, the Qing Dynasty, the Japanese colonial period, and the postwar Republic of China rule. I think for us, this fort shows the continuous piling up of Taiwanese culture, a continuous process of putting puzzle pieces together.”

Locals are used to calling the site "Anping Fort" or "Ong-siann." I called it Ong-siann, I always called it that and then Anping Fort later on.

Resident: “It's always been Anping Fort, so why would you change it?”

Scholars say people mistakenly thought that the red and white spires inside the fort were a historic site when the real historic site was the walls. They say this mistake should be rectified. The city government says it will integrate the spires and city walls to create a real historic site.