Over the years, enough people have said it looks like a cat lying on its stomach to be given the name of Maoyan (Cat Rock) or Maobitou (Cat's nose & head).
It is a coral reef rock from a nearby cliff that had rolled onto the waters and by some luck, it looks like an animal. And, by chance, it is also one of the two southernmost points of the island.
The original lighthouse was built in 1888. Over the years due to age and wars, it was badly damaged and was rebuilt in 1962.
The lighthouse is still functional, but it is more well-known as a tourist stop inside the Kenting National Park. The rain was pouring on the day we visited, so we did not venture far to get a better view.
If you enlarge it, you can see at the bottom of the map in red is where the lighthouse stands at the eastern side.
On the other side with the white area where the Cat Rock sits is the western point.