At the highest point of Chai-yi Park, Chai-yi Tower is the landmark of Chai-yi.
The tower is 62 meters in height. The top floor is a sky garden that gives a nice view of the entire Chai-yi City.
It's open till 9:00 PM on weekends (closed earlier during weekdays), making it an ideal place for a romantic evening on the weekend and to indulge in the beautiful night view of the city.
This place used to be a Shinto shrine during the Japanese colonial era. The Taiwanese government later transformed it into a martyr's shrine, but the entire establishment was ruined by fire. The Chai-yi Tower was built after that.
The original auxiliary Omotesando, Torii and stone lantern are kept intact, but the office was transformed into the now Historic Archives Museum. You can only imagine how magnificent the establishment was during the Japanese colonial era.
The translation of the actual Chinese name for Chai-yi Tower is Sun Shooting Tower. The legend of sun shooting originated from the Native Taiwanese.
Legend has it that the sun and moon were equally bright back in the days, making the weather too hot to bear. A wizard used a special bow to shoot the moon in order to reduce the heat and brightness of the moon to save the human race from extinction.
The tower architecture is hollow inside; the contour of the city flower Bauhinia Blakeana is visible from outside the tower.
There is a set of Clouded Leopard sculptures by the tower entrance. Clouded Leopard is classified as a vulnerable species by IUCN; it's considered extinct in Taiwan.
Chai-yi Tower is located on No. 46 Gong-yuan Street. Coming from Gong-ming Road, you can go past Qi-ming Road to get to the baseball stadium parking lot. The walk from the stadium is 5 to 10 minutes.