Nangan, Lienchiang

No.55 Hostel


Stationed for a Night in a Barrack by the Sea


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  • Solitary guard post of the vast and tranquil seaside
  • Military barracks transformed into a backpackers’ haven
  • Exclusive room with a 210-degree ocean view
  • Unparalleled scenic rooftop balcony and artistic and cultural events
  • Guesthouse cats and dogs offer therapeutic enjoyment

The Stay

Discover the wonder of the lodging.

Stationed for a Night in a Barrack by the Sea

With a yearning for military service, or a memory thereof, we fly to Matsu Island and track downs stronghold 55. This was originally constructed to defend the mouth of the bay at Jin Sha, a fishing village in Matsu’s Nankan Township. Now, it is the first barrack in Matsu to have been converted into a hostel. Today we’re standing in this military camp, ready to fight for our seaside position under the starry sky, guarding the bioluminescent “Blue Tears” waves until the golden sun rises at daybreak.



Contented life facing the sea

A great field of Chinese silvergrass waves in the wind beside the winding Nankan highway, bathed in the scent of the sea. Entering No.55 Hostel, you are welcomed by the words “Loyalty Fortress” in big Chinese characters on the gate pillar, war slogans carved in stone from the olden days. Descending the steps, you see the outdoor patio facing the sea. Yo-Yo and Le-Le, the hostel’s dogs, wag their tails in excitement, rushing over to welcome you.


Slip out of your shoes and enter the cozy lobby where the bar is stocked with beer and every other kind of refreshment. Follow the corridor inward to find a community room filled with guests from all over. Some are seated, some busy themselves preparing afternoon tea in the kitchen, and others challenge each other to board games. This entire space is brimming with carefree laughter. Choose a window seat and gaze out over the peaceful village and scenic ocean. Pick up your pen and record the bay landscape in the “Chukuang Diary” which all Taiwanese military personnel stationed in camps must keep, leaving all of your worries in this place.


Fifty years later, a new lease on life for the barrack by the sea

“Barracks are always uniquely constructed in accordance with the landscape.” Having lived in Nankan his whole life, Aya’s eyes still sparkle with excitement as he recalls the first time he saw this fort. After years of adventuring in Taiwan and abroad, he decided to return to his hometown. Skills learned during working holiday experiences, his expertise in interior design, carpentry and research into the historical records of the area allowed Aya to smoothly take control of this seaside fort forgotten by time. It took him nearly a year to get No. 55 Hostel ready, giving it a new lease on life 50 years after its initial construction in the 1970s.


Today, the soldiers’ dorms have become backpackers’ bunk rooms, skillfully decorated by Aya, using blankets folded like perfect cubes of tofu, military towels, and steel cups. As you enter what used to be the company commander’s quarters and the armory now converted into the bathroom, and peek out the window to see walls made of sturdy granite, you become more familiar with the history of Matsu each moment you spend at No.55 Hostel. From the observation station converted into a two-person guest room overlooking the ocean you get the best view. Gaze at the azure seascape through wide, 210-degree panoramic windows. In this room, enjoy a private view of the splendid “blue tears” tide that strikes the seaside precipice at night.


Beneath the big dipper in the spot nearest the sea

Following Aya’s lead down a stone stairway leading to the sea, you come to an old tunnel entrance near No.55 Hostel is the scenic locale of your own private adventure. In the pitch-black tunnel, following the drips of water that run down the stone walls, you’ll discover the tracks of history. The observation station openings along the wall reveal gentle pink clouds in the distance and let in the ocean breeze. If you care to get an even broader view of the horizon, just climb to the barrack’s rooftop patio. The design is flawless, allowing you to observe the long-anticipated “Blue Tears” tides which lap upon the cliffs and to enjoy a drink at the open-air bar that Aya has set up for the enjoyment of his guests.


“There isn’t much to do in Matsu after dark, so I hope that No.55 Hostel can become a place for people to gather and interact.” Aya hopes that No.55 Hostel can become a kind of therapeutic retreat for backpackers the likes of which can be found in New Zealand, a place where people feel comfortable sharing life experiences with an international crowd. He also wishes to create an open-minded place where young people can express their unique voices. Not only has Aya created the first place in Matsu that sells tickets for musical performances, but he also plans to invite speakers to give talks and hold discussion forums from time to time. He wants to expose locals to different issues. He wants for himself and others to explore the history of Matsu, to take part in the Matsu of today, and to create the Matsu of the future together.


“The people of Matsu have endured hardships, so this is the time for those of us who are able to do what we can.” Holding tight to his ideals, Aya is steadfast and optimistic about the future of Matsu. So long as he keeps moving forward one step at a time, he is confident that the future of his hometown will look ever brighter. In this same way, No.55 Hostel will forever keep watch here, providing you with a view of the distant ocean and the expansive mountains, accompanying you an your journey through life.



Room Type and Price

Room Type


8-Person Female Dorm
Max. guest: 8 people

NTD 680 ~ 780/person


Breakfast included、On the first floor、Shared bathroom outside the room、Separate bathroom and toilet、Extra person is not allowed (more)

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8-Person Mixed Dorm
Max. guest: 8 people

NTD 680 ~ 780/person


Breakfast included、On the first floor、Shared bathroom outside the room、Separate bathroom and toilet、Extra person is not allowed (more)

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4-Person Mixed Dorm
Max. guest: 4 people

NTD 680 ~ 780/person


Breakfast included、On the first floor、In-room bathroom、Separate bathroom and toilet、2 single bunk beds、Extra person is not allowed (more)

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Seascape 2-Person Suite
Max. guest: 2 people

NTD 2,800 ~ 3,000/room


Breakfast included、Ocean View、In-room bathroom、1 double bed、Extra person is not allowed (more)

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Seascape 2-Person Room
Max. guest: 2 people

NTD 2,200 ~ 2,400/room


Breakfast included、Ocean View、Shared bathroom outside the room、Separate bathroom and toilet、1 double bed、Extra person is not allowed (more)

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Seascape Detached 2-Person Cabin
Max. guest: 2 people

NTD 2,000 ~ 2,200/room


Breakfast included、Ocean View、Private bathroom outside the room、1 double bed、Extra person is not allowed (more)

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Booking Info

  • Stay with breakfast
  • Open for bookings up to 6 months in advance.
  • Please check with the lodging for details on continuous stay discount.
  • Backpacker dorm type: guests will not be able to choose the bed
  • The room types and rates are for reference only, for the most updated details, please refer to the lodging’s official website. It is recommended to check the rates and related info with the host before booking.

Cancellation and Postponement Policy

  • Refund for canceling your reservation due to personal reasons will be transferred according to the following rules:
    • 1.100% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 3 ~ 3 days prior to reservation date.
    • 2.50% of the paid amount will be refunded for canceling 2 ~ 1 days prior to reservation date.
    • 3.No refund will be made for canceling 1 day before or on reservation date, or no show.
  • Postponement should be informed 14 days prior to the reservation date (not counting the check-in day).
  • In case of natural disasters (such as earthquake, typhoon, etc.) and other circumstances of force majeure, when the local government announcing office and school closures,the full refund will be transferred
  • The room types and rates are for reference only, for the most updated details, please refer to the lodging’s official website. It is recommended to check the rates and related info with the host before booking.

Lodging Info


  • 1.By car:Enter the address for GPS navigation.
  • 2.
    • Distance between airport and harbor:
      • You may take flight and ferry from Taiwan to 馬祖.
        • 南竿機場: 6.9 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 馬祖南竿機場.
        • 福澳碼頭 : 6 km. Please contact the host for ferry information.
        Local transportation includes bus、rental scooter、taxi.
        • Bus:津沙公園 , 0.7 km. For timetable and fare, please visit 馬祖e點通.
        • It is recommended to transfer from 南竿機場站 by taxi: about 20 minutes, NTD 210 (time and fare are for reference only).
    • After booking is confirmed, please contact the host for transportation details.

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Facility and Service

Shared facilities

  • Other Amenities:Board games、Seasoning、Cookware、Tableware、WiFi
  • Bathroom amenities:Cotton swabs、Dental floss、Body wash、Shampoo
  • Indoor Space:Common room、Dining room、Kitchen/Kitchenette、Toilet、Bathroom
  • Bathroom Facilities:Hair dryer
  • Outdoors:Rooftop、Dining area、Lawn、Yard、Parking lot、Clothes drying area
  • Appliances:Air conditioner、CD、Microwave、Refrigerator、Sauna、Rice cooker、Water dispenser、Induction hot plate


  • Taxi booking
  • Travel information
  • Foreign language service including: English

House Rules

  • Check-in time: 15:00 ~ 22:00. As you are required to schedule your check-in time in advance, please arrange with the lodging 1 day(s) beforehand. please inform the lodging for late check-in time 18:00 day(s) before the check-in day
  • Check-out time: before 11:00. Please follow the check-out time stated in the house rules
  • Breakfast time:07:30 ~ 09:30
  • Luggage storage service is available without time limit, while the lodging is not responsible for any loss (please make arrangement with the lodging beforehand).
  • For the energy saving and eco-friendly purpose, please bring your own Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Bath towel
  • Please inform the lodging in advance if you have visitors. Visitors should leave the lodging before 22:00, please contact the host for details.
  • The lodging is a historic residence. Please be mindful and use with care during your stay.
  • As the lodging is situated in the natural environment, your stay may be accompanied by some bug friends.
  • Kitchen with gas range available. Please avoid producing strong odors, exercise caution when using the range, please help clean up after using.
  • Please refrain from bringing food and beverages into the room. Please go to the Dining room to eat, and please help cleaning up afterward.
  • In order to maintain a quiet environment for all, please do not let children run around or make loud noises unattened.
  • Please bring your personal ID or passport for check-in.
  • Please keep your valuables safe as the lodging is not responsible for the loss of or damage to valuable items.
  • Please turn off the lights and appliancess when not in use.
  • Please do not move, destroy, or remove the equipment in the room. In the event of anything damaged or lost, the lodging may take the following action(s): Ask for compensation as of the actual cost
  • Smoking is not allowed indoor; please go to outdoor areas for smoking. The lodging reserves the right to cancel the accommodations without refund for violation.
  • The following behaviors are not allowed: Drug using, excessive drinking, gambling, making loud noises, causing disturbances, setting off firecrackers, and any illegal acts. The lodging reserves the right to cancel the accommodations, charge for anything damaged or lost, and report to the police in the event of a violation.
  • Backpacker Dorm Notice:
    1. Female-only bathroom and Mixed-gender shared bathroom available
  • Please refer to and follow the pet policy as below:
    1. Pets are not allowed on the bed, sofa, or in the bathtub. Owners should bring their own carriers.
    2. Please do not let your pets pee or poo indoors, and please clean up pet waste in the outdoor areas.
    3. Please do not let pets bite or chew the furniture and fabrics in the room.
    4. Please bring the towel, food bowl, and water bowl for your pets, and do not use the items in the room.
    5. Any loud barking or meowing should be curtailed to ensure other guests are not disturbed.
    6. Pets must not be left in the room unattended.
    Any violation will lead to the cancellation of your accommodations without refund

Contact Info

No. 150, Jinsha Vil., Nangan Township, Lienchiang County, Taiwan

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Contact Hours
10:00 至 22:00




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