The Iron Fort

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Nangan’s [南竿] Iron Fort [鐵堡] sits on a small island barely separated from the shore near Ren-ai Village [仁愛村]. The fort was originally the training base for special amphibious forces.

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The location serves as a natural barrier to protect the bay. The top of the island was dug out and concrete was poured to make it a fortress.

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The fort houses bedrooms, kitchens, gun emplacements, firing ports, and everything else needed for a small military post.

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This is a fort where soldiers made their home and is said some lost their lives to Communist infiltrators.

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The fort was off-limits to civilians until it was opened to the public in 1992.

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One of Nangan’s many historic treasures, this is a definite stop for anyone visiting Matsu.

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