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Danshui Foreigners Cemetery

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Of all the outsiders who've died on Taiwanese soil in the past 200 years, relatively few were laid to rest in Danshui Foreigners Cemetery (淡水外僑墓園). Far more Western remains are gathered at Cimetiere Francais De Kilung, while numerous Japanese tombs dating from the colonial era were purposely desecrated and built over after World War II. However, as an atmospheric relic of the Treaty Port era, this graveyard deserves your attention.

Between 1867 and 1974, at least 75 (and perhaps as many as 81) adults and children were interred on this hillside. The 19 Americans are the largest of the twelve national contigents. There are a dozen Canadians, several Britons and a similar number of Portuguese; among the Germans buried here is the engineer who designed Hobe Fort.

According to an information panel at the entrance, those administering the cemetery (for decades the British Consul based in Fort San Domingo was in charge) tried to follow these principles: Officers were to be buried in the northern part of the graveyard, businessmen in the western segment, missionaries to the east, and Roman Catholics to the south. Presumably those who fell into more than one category were laid to rest in the center.

Danshui's best known Western resident, missionary George L. Mackay, is buried in a separate graveyard (also open to the public) next to the foreigners’ cemetery, alongside his wife and several of his descendants.


From Taipei Main Railway Station, take the MRT's Red Line to its northwestern terminus at Danshui. From Danshui MRT Station, turn left and  walk along Zhongshan Road, following the signs to Aletheia University. When you see Zhenli Street's Lane 3, turn right and you'll see the cemetery on your left. Walking from Danshui MRT Station takes no more than 15 minutes.

Type: Cemetery
Costs: free
Location: Taiwan
Street address: Lane 3, Zhenli Street, Danshui District, New Taipei City
Nearest public transport: Danshui MRT Station
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am-5pm

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