The Anti Aircraft towers in Fanpo/Waipu Villages of Fuxing Township, Changhua County have stood the test of time to tell a tale of an earlier era when the Japanese were trying to ward off American air raid attacks in Taiwan. Quite a few towers still exist in what is now farmland in rural Changhua county, free for all passersby to see.
In about 1943 the Japanese decided to build a temporary airstrip that covered parts of Fanpo Village (番婆村古砲台) and Waipu Village (外埔村古砲台) of Fuxing Township, Changhua County. In order to build the airstrip, many local villagers were required to work night and day for many weeks. At the same time, anti-aircraft gun towers were built to protect the local people from bombs as well as provide firepower. The Americans did drop bombs in the area.
After the war, the airstrip became pasture for cattle and became covered with weeds. Later it was converted into farmland.
The villagers decided to keep the towers standing, probably because it would be hard to tear them down, because they provide a reminder of past times, and that the villagers were lucky to survive the many bombing raids near the village.
How to get there:
By car/scooter: Just south of highway 142 before you get to Lukang. The tower is easy to see next to the side of the road.
By bus: From Changhua Station, you can take Changhua bus 6933A to Yingfa Company Bus Stop. The tower is then only a short walk away.
Please see below:
I have been to the gun towers in rural Changhua just once. The one is Fanpo is easy to get to, but the one in Waipu is very much inside someone's property. There are also other gun towers in rural Changhua not mentioned in this blog.
Fanpo Village gun tower near a drainage ditch.
The Waipu gun tower is inside someone's front yard. I did not feel comfortable getting any closer, because it is clearly someone's private property. It is just a few blocks down from Fanpo Gun Tower.
Another view of the gun Fanpo tower.
Closer look at Fanpo Gun Tower.
Looking inside you can see a ladder to the second floor. There are a total of three floors above ground, and two more floors below ground.
One last look at the tower before I left. I did not crawl inside because the doorway was too high, there was no ladder, and I didn't care to try.
For other similar gun towers in Taichung, you can check out this blog by Spectral Codex that shows the inside of one of the towers.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more of our blogs on Changhua to come!
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