Cultural Heritage

Zhupu Altar

Located on Xin'er Road in Zhongzheng District, Keelung City, the Zhupu Altar is a sacred monument to generations of devotion. This altar was constructed in the 1970s, after local clans decided to build a permanent altar for the Pudu ceremony each year rather than building a new Pudu Altar and burning it down afterwards. Though the clans no longer need to build a new altar every year, they continue to take turns decorating the temple for Ghost Month.

Keelung City Indigenous Culture Hall

Tucked away on Lane 116, Zhengbin Road, in Zhongzheng District, the Keelung City Indigenous Culture Hall is a living tapestry of stories waiting to be discovered. The museum tells the story of Indigenous people in the region. The history behind indigenous people of Taiwan is complex and their place in modern society remains a sensitive issue, so visiting this museum is the first step in really getting to know Taiwan’s culture and people. Here, you can learn more about the history, see artifacts, and watch dance and music performances on select days.

Beiguan Music

Have you ever wondered what kind of background music is being played on special occasions like religious ceremonies, music opera, weddings and funerals in Keelung? The music goes with suonas cut through the air with its uniquely loud screeching, various dizis (bamboo flute), erhus (two-stringed fiddle) and other percussion instruments served as the melody and gus beating in time to their rhythm. Those are Beiguan music. Beiguan music originated from China’s Fujian in the Qing dynasty. There were many Beiguan groups in Keelung, and “Xipi” and “Fulu” were the largest groups among all. In the early days, Xipi and Fulu groups always fought against each other through verbal disputes and physical violence. But now, both troupes have long restored peace and they only compete with music during the Dipper Lantern during the Keelung Mid-Summer Ghost Festival.