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Kīrun, Ke-lung, Chilung
Keelung City
Flag of Keelung
Official seal of Keelung
Taiwan ROC political division map Keelung City.svg
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Coordinates: 25°08′N 121°44′E / 25.133°N 121.733°E / 25.133; 121.733Coordinates: 25°08′N 121°44′E / 25.133°N 121.733°E / 25.133; 121.733
CountryTaiwan (Republic of China)
RegionNorthern Taiwan
City seatZhongzheng District
 • MayorLin Yu-chang (DPP)
 • Deputy MayorLin Yong-fa[2]
 • Total132.7589 km2 (51.2585 sq mi)
Area rank18 of 22
 • Total371,878
 • Rank16 of 22
 • Density2,801.153/km2 (7,254.953/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (National Standard Time)
Postal code
ISO 3166 codeTW-KEE
– BirdEagle
– FlowerCommon crepe myrtle
– TreeFormosan Sweet-gum
Keelung City
Chinese name
Chinese 基隆
Taiwanese Hokkien Name
Chinese 雞籠
Japanese name
Kanji 基隆市
Kana キールンし

Keelung (pinyin: Jīlóng; Hokkien POJ: Ke-lâng), officially known as Keelung City, is a provincial city of Taiwan Province, Republic of China. It is in the northeastern part of the island. It is next to Taipei County. Nicknamed the Rainy Port for its frequent rain and maritime role, the city is Taiwan's second largest seaport (after Kaohsiung).


Early History

Keelung was first inhabited by the Ketagalan, a tribe of Taiwanese aborigine. The Spanish expedition to Formosa in the early 17th century was its first contact with the West; by 1624 the Spanish had built San Salvador de Quelung, a fort in Keelung serving as an outpost of the Manila-based Spanish East Indies.[4] The Spanish ruled it as a part of Spanish Formosa. From 1642 to 1661 and 1663–1668, Keelung was under Dutch control.[5][6] The Dutch East India Company took over the Spanish Fort San Salvador at Santissima Trinidad.

International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Keelung is twinned with:


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  2. "Deputy Mayor". Keelung City Government. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  3. (in zh). Archived from the original on 29 May 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  4. Altares, Guillermo (12 November 2016) (in es). Una excavación aporta una nueva visión de la colonización de Asia. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  5. Twitchett, Denis Crispin (1978). The Cambridge history of China, Volume 2; Volume 8. Cambridge University Press. p. 46. ISBN 9780521243339 . OCLC 613665518 . 
  6. "Ming Dynasty and Cheng Cheng kung's Era". Keelung City Government. Archived from the original on 25 May 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 

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