Shaochuantou Fort stands on a hillock at the end of Takao mountain, with the title “Syongjhen North Gate” inscribed over its gate. It is shaped irregularly due to the area’s topography and has two six-inch muzzle loading Armstrong guns mounted on the battlements. Fortified brick walls on both sides of the entrance exude traditional Taiwanese architectural charm. The interior is mostly semi-underground, with both sides of the back ramp leading to the barracks and storage space. The thick walls are frame constructed and built with materials including concrete and coral stone, whereas the curved cannon mount is laid in red brick. Shaochuantou Fort was retired from military use under the Japanese rule, becoming a signal station and dredging office to supervise the vessel navigation and dock construction in Takao harbor. After the war, additional posts and walls were added with the remaining space rebuilt, and at one time used as the Kaohsiung Port and Taiwan Railway Bureau staff dormitories.