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Anping Oyster Shell Cement Kiln Culture Chamber

  
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Along Taiwan’s southwestern coast, it’s still possible to see modest houses - as well as edifices like Fort Zeelandia - built using cement made not from lime but from oyster shells. Such shells are a plentiful resource in this part of the world; oysters are still cultivated in large quantities, and you'll notice piles of discarded shells near the ocean. Many of the oldest buildings in Anping were constructed using oyster-shell cement, and in the Anping Oyster Shell Cement Kiln Culture Chamber (蚵灰窯文化館) you'll find bilingual explanations of how and why oyster-shell cement was used in construction.

Within the grounds is Anping's last remaining oyster-shell kiln; it dates from about 1920, is four meters in diameter, and has walls more than a meter thick. The cement-making process involved using rice straw and charcoal to bake oyster shells at a temperature of 500 degrees Celsius. The shells would dry out and disintegrate, producing a white powder which was then sieved and immediately packaged. Oyster ash absorbs carbon dioxide and hardens after water has been added. It wasn't until the early 1970s that lime-based cement totally replaced oyster-ash cement.

Directions

From Tainan TRA Station, take city bus no. 2 to the Oyster Shell Cement Kiln bus stop. The stop is less than 10m from the chamber. The journey takes around 25 minutes.

Type: Museum
Costs: free
Location: Taiwan
Street address: 110-1, Anbei Road, Anping District, Tainan City
Nearest public transport: Oyster Shell Cement Kiln bus stop
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm
Telephone: +88662286836







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