Taipei City Wall-North Gate (Cheng'en Gate)
The North Gate is located at the intersection of Zhongxiao West Road, Yanping North Road, Zhonghua Road, Yanping South Road and Bo’ai Road in Zhongzheng District.
Also known as Cheng’en Gate, the North Gate in erstwhile Taipei City served as a major gateway to Dadaocheng. The two-story fortress of North Gate is enclosed by sturdy walls in the form of a highly guarded citadel. For surveillance and defense reasons, the square- and round-shaped window openings on the front and back of fortress are the only two features on the second floor. Similar to the East Gate, the North Gate in its inception had a small enclosure on the outside, commonly referred to as “urn city”, or “Wong Cheng” in Chinese. There used to be a horizontal plaque saying “The Key to Territory Safety” which had hung across the gate. The plaque was unfortunately removed by Japanese colonial rulers and is now located on the empty lot in front of the North Gate for display.
The Red House
The two-story high red brick building is shaped into an octagonal cylinder. Each side of the octagon has a dormer window and a decorative wall. During the Japanese colonial era, the Red House was turned into a venue for Peking opera and crosstalk performances in the early 20th century. The place became a movie theater in the 1970s', ushering in the beginning of Ximenting's cinema culture. Now the Red House is both a teahouse and a venue for small-scale theater productions.
Futai Street Mansion
Futai Street Mansion is situated right across the North Gate Post Office. It is a two-story hybrid building of stone and wood. The overall decoration lacks complexity, yet fineness can be found in its simple, understated beauty. The architectural design of the building was deeply influenced by the classical European style.