The former tainan weather observatory

During Japanese colonial times, a weather observatory was constructed on the Jiuling Tableland. It’s location was on the highest hill in old Tainan City, but this would only have been apparent before the 1970s when there were no tall buildings.

Model of the former Tainan Weather Observatory near the entrance

The circular observatory included an observation room, a wind tower, an observation platform and a seismometer room. Although staff worked around the clock during that time, Taiwanese were not permitted to train until after the Pacific War broke out. 

My curiosity was peeked when I reached the observatory. Inside the instruments lay unused, but I soon discovered that this was not the only remnant from the island’s invasion by Japan.

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