Lighthouse at Bai-sa-jia
Lighthouse at Bai-sa-jia

Bai-sa-jia, Guan-yin Shiang

Year of construction:
First erected in 1901, more than one hundred years ago.

Getting there:
Take Tao 112th line into the old city area of Guan-yin Shiang, and turn onto the road leading to Yun-an fishing port. When you see the sign "To Bai-sa-jia Lighthouse", make a right turn. You'll pass along a winding road before the lighthouse comes into view.

Information for visitors:
To enter Bai-sa-jia Lighthouse, you need to contact the administration by telephone in advance. The interior of the lighthouse is not normally open to the public.

The lighthouse plays important roles in military surveillance and weather reporting, as well as in guiding marine traffic. The Ching Dynasty government imported pre-constructed lighthouses from England and France. The manufacturers forged the bodies of the lighthouses and the lights in advance, and then shipped the parts to a designated location for assembly, in a process similar to one for boat manufacture.

The construction of Bai-sa-jia Lighthouse started in 1899. It took three years to complete. It was made of Japanese double-layered vibration-proof bricks, instead of conventional forged iron parts. The entire body of the lighthouse consists of red bricks. A frame constructed of stone that affixes the top of the iron-made tower supports the upper portion of the lighthouse. The lights, mirrors, and hammering instruments were imported from France together with a clock made by the Shanghai Machine Bureau. Bai-sa-jia Lighthouse is a 37-meter tall white lighthouse. It still stands tall on the coast of Guan-yin Shiang through numerous earthquakes, and even after Allied nations' fighters strafed it during World War II. Its beam still shines brightly upon the Taiwan Strait.

When you observe the fence and moat surrounding the lighthouse, the impression is one of a wartime fortress. Although the office and dormitory have been renovated, the lighthouse itself still retains its original appearance and condition. A sundial from the Meiji period, Japanese Colonial Era, still graces the garden.