TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Ahead of Taiwan’s National Day, the Chiayi County government has urged the public to visit the brand new Jourdeness Castle, in addition to enjoying the fireworks show at the branch south of the National Palace Museum.
In a Press release, County Magistrate Weng Chang-liang (翁章梁) said the Chiayi County government has been preparing for the National Day fireworks for more than six months, as it has been 18 years since it last not take place. He added that Jourdeness Palace, which opened for a preview on Saturday October 1, has quickly become a hot topic in Taiwan, with its fountains, baroque verandas and ornate ceilings, similar to those of the Palace of Versailles.
The new attraction has been so popular that local residents have reported difficulty registering for the chance to visit due to ticket sales. The Chiayi County Culture and Tourism Bureau had to arrange for Jurdeness Castle to admit an additional 2,000 local visitors per day between Thursday (October 6) and Monday (October 10).
Anyone with a national identity card number beginning with the letter Q, which represents Chiayi County, will be able to visit the site for only NT$100 (US$3.15).
The Chiayi County government has highlighted the convenient location of Jourdeness Castle, which is within a 30-minute drive from Xingang, Minxiong and Dalin Old Street. With additional promotional programs such as a food-themed video contest and the “Chiayi County Fun Card” offering discounts on attraction tickets, transportation, activities, food and souvenirs, the county hopes make the most of National Day weekend tourism.
A night view of the Château de Jourdeness. (Photo by Chiayi County Government)
The inside of the castle. (Photo by Chiayi County Government)
A view of the castle grounds. (Facebook, photo by Weng Chang-liang)