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70 Issues to Do in Tainan, Taiwan’s Historic Capital


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Tainan is the unique capital of Taiwan and one of many nation’s most culturally rewarding locations. Nicknamed “Phoenix Metropolis” after its form and its phoenix timber, Tainan is known for its historic sights and regarded the meals capital of Taiwan.

A number of the high issues to do in Tainan metropolis middle together with touring historic temples and artsy lanes and districts. A jump over to Anping District, with its forts and well-known treehouse, can also be a should, whereas Tainan’s night time markets are largely discovered exterior the town middle, too.

Additional afield (protecting in thoughts that ever since 2010, “Tainan Metropolis” now encompasses all of what was “Tainan County”), there are worthwhile Tainan day journeys to spectacular salt fields, mud scorching springs, and the fear-inducing Yanshui fireworks pageant.

Under I’ll cowl the highest points of interest in Tainan Metropolis Heart (West Central District), North and South District, Anping, Annan, and different locations to go to round Tainan, based mostly on a number of visits I’ve revamped my previous decade-plus of dwelling in Taiwan, together with most just lately in mid-2022.

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Attending to Tainan

From Taipei, the common (TRA) prepare takes 3-4 hours, and seats may be reserved 2 weeks prematurely. The TRA station is conveniently situated within the Tainan metropolis middle, strolling distance from the principle sights.

By taking the Excessive Velocity Rail to Tainan, you will get there in 1.5-2 hours, however it is going to value round twice as a lot. You may order HSR tickets to Tainan on-line right here, as much as 28 days prematurely, with a reduced value the sooner you purchase. It’s additionally essential to notice that the Tainan HSR station is effectively out of the town middle, to the southeast.

Upon arrival on the HSR station, merely hop onto the common prepare at Shalun Station (it’s related by a walkway to the HSR station – it takes lower than 5 minutes to switch). The native prepare from Shalun to Tainan TRA station takes 22 minutes; nearly the identical as a taxi, however a fraction of the worth. You may swipe an EasyCard to board the native prepare, and there are common departures.

In Tainan, you’ll be able to hire a scooter or Gogoro for exploring the sights; it’s additionally doable to go to most locations on foot, however the sights are fairly unfold out, so the occasional bus and/or taxi experience will make your explorations extra possible.

The place to Keep in Tainan

A collage of three images of a small hotel room in Tainan
Capsule-like Wabisabi Lodge, the place I stayed in Tainan

There are a great deal of resorts and hostels to select from in Tainan. Most of the hostels and funds resorts are in atmospheric previous buildings.

After I final visited, I stayed within the low-budget lodge Wabisabi (see on Reserving / Agoda). My miniature room was within the Japanese employee’s dormitory model, like staying in a capsule lodge however dealing with a small courtyard. It was undoubtedly an expertise, however maybe not for everybody. It was conveniently situated close to Shennong Avenue, Yongle Market, and Matsu Grand Temple.

When you resolve to spend an evening in Anping like I did (see the Anping part of this text), I extremely suggest Anping Inn Right here (see on Reserving / Agoda). It’s model new, near the Outdated Avenue, and my room got here with a big bean bag chair and free drinks. The proprietor was tremendous pleasant and even let me borrow her scooter!

Central Tainan Points of interest

Tainan Metropolis’s West Central District (中西區) may be thought-about the town middle of modern-day Tainan. All of the Tainan sights under are inside strolling distance of the Tainan Practice Station (the TRA, or common prepare station, not the HSR, or Tainan Excessive Velocity Rail station, which is a methods south of the town middle).

It might be an excessive amount of to attempt to go to all the under Tainan points of interest in a single day, however if you wish to strive, I’ve listed them roughly in a kind of zig-zag order throughout the town middle that I really adopted myself on one wild day of touring Tainan, ranging from the Tainan Practice Station. I might counsel choosing and selecting, particularly when the climate’s scorching!

This checklist begins out with a lot of temples; however scroll on for quite a lot of different issues to do!

Taiwanfu Metropolis God Temple

Looking up at the inner ceiling of the Taiwanfu City God Temple in Tainan, with a huge abacus above the doorway on the right
Notice the massive abacus on the fitting.

A ten-minute stroll southwest of Tainan Practice Station, the small Taiwanfu Metropolis God Temple (臺灣府城隍廟) includes a big abacus used for calculating folks’s good and unhealthy deeds. You may spot it above the entranceway if you first step contained in the temple (see proper aspect of the picture above).

“Taiwanfu” refers back to the Prefecture of Taiwan through the Qing Dynasty, and this temple is devoted to the god who protected that “metropolis”. It’s the oldest of a number of Metropolis God temples in Taiwan, together with one on Dihua Avenue in Taipei

Dongyue Temple

A demon statue holding a knife and fan of feathers in Dongyue Hell Temple in Tainan
Dongyue, or Hell Temple

5 minutes additional south on foot, the Dongyue (東嶽殿) or “Hell Temple” is a small however colourful temple the place you’ll be able to spot demon statues, and other people go there to speak with the lifeless by spirit mediums. There’s a very good probability you possibly can even witness such a ceremony there; I did after I visited!

Yanping Junwang Temple (Koxinga Shrine) and Koxinga Museum

A stone Japanese gate in front of Koxinga Shrine in Tainan
Shinto gate in entrance of Yanping Junwang Temple

These two constructions in the identical park are devoted to Koxinga, one of the vital essential figures in Tainan’s (and Taiwan’s) historical past. Koxinga was son to a Chinese language pirate and Japanese lady. He was accountable for expelling the Dutch from Taiwan and establishing the Kingdom of Tungning, the primary Han state in Taiwan. The temple was constructed by Koxinga’s son, Zheng Jing, to honor his father.

This lovely Yanping Junwang Temple (延平郡王祠), additionally referred to as Koxinga Shrine (however to not be confused with the Koxinga Ancestral Shrine, or 鄭成功祖廟, close to Hayashi Division Retailer) sits in a relaxed park that additionally has a big statue of Koxinga using a horse and a Shinto stone gate, proper in entrance of the temple. The temple accommodates cultural artifacts and plenty of information masking the historical past of the shrine and Tainan.

The big Koxinga Museum (鄭成功文物館) subsequent to the temple is at the moment present process main renovations and was closed after I final visited in mid-2022.

A large stone statue of Koxinga riding a horse in a park in Tainan
Koxinga statue on the northern tip of the park

Woman Linshui’s Temple

Close up of a painting of a woman on a red door in Lady Linshui's Temple
Feminine photos are discovered all through Woman Linshui’s Temple

Simply throughout the road from the park, Woman Linshui’s Temple (臨水夫人媽廟) is known for its many depictions of girls. Woman Linshui was a Taoist priest in Fuzhou, China who is alleged to have introduced rains throughout a flood, however misplaced her child consequently.

Ladies go to Woman Linshui’s temple to hope for a profitable being pregnant, or they create infants who cry an excessive amount of there. Ensure that to go to the second ground on the again, which options particularly beautiful work, similar to within the above picture.

Wufei / Temple of the 5 Concubines

Close up of the eyes and nose of a painting of a woman that is covered in cracks
A photograph I took there years in the past; the cracked work at the moment are being changed

It’s a little bit of a detour to the south, however should you make it, you’ll be rewarded with a go to to this small temple, referred to as Wufei Temple (五妃廟), in a serene park.

The temple honors the 5 concubines of the Ming Prince Zhu Shugui (朱術桂), who dedicated suicide together with the prince himself when the Qing Dynasty took over in 1683. The concubines killed themselves within the prince’s palace, which now homes the Tainan Grand Matsu Temple (see under). Wufei used to have lovely cracked work of the concubines (see my image above, taken a number of years in the past), however sadly they’re now changed with ugly printouts, which hopefully they are going to finally substitute with new work.

Tainan Confucius Temple

A white board covered in Chinese characters in black calligraphy inside the Tainan Confucius Temple
Calligraphy in Tainan’s Kong Miao, or Confucius Temple

The Tainan Confucius Temple (臺南孔廟) is the oldest of a number of Confucius temples throughout Taiwan (examine them in my guides to temples in Taipei and issues to do in Taichung) and is arguably Tainan’s most well-known attraction. The temple was constructed by Zheng Jing and is taken into account the primary academic establishment in Taiwan. Like different Confucius temples, it’s recognized for its simplicity of design, opposite to the busy designs of most Taiwanese temples.

You may enter the Confucius Temple from the gate on the east aspect, reverse Kongmiao Purchasing District (see under). Entrance to the grounds is free, however you’ll must pay NT40 (college students/seniors 30) to enter the Most important Corridor. West of the temple, through one other gate, is the Japanese-built Tainan Wude Corridor (原臺南武德殿), or Outdated Tainan Martial Arts Corridor (台南武德殿), which isn’t normally open to the general public, however appears cool when lit up at night time.

Kongmiao Purchasing District

A fortune teller man sitting at a table advising two people, with red and yellow banners behind him showing Chinese characters and a hand with the different fortune lines
Fortune teller in Kongmiao Purchasing District

Named after the Confucius Temple, Kongmiao Purchasing District (孔廟商圈) is an atmospheric road lined with cafés and craft/memento retailers main east from the doorway to Tainan Confucius Temple. It’s greatest to go to within the afternoon or early night when the retailers are literally open. 

Tainan Artwork Museum

White exterior of the Tainan Art Museum building 2
Tainan Artwork Museum 2

The favored Tainan Artwork Museum has two places not far aside. Constructing 1 (臺南市美術館1) is housed in an previous artwork deco police station and is throughout the road from the northeastern nook of the Tainan Confucius Temple. Constructing 2 (臺南市美術館2館) is a big, modern museum in a placing white constructing (see picture above), a brief stroll west of Tainan Confucius Temple and Wude Corridor.

You should purchase discounted Tainan Artwork Museum tickets on-line right here.

Hayashi Division Retailer

A Japanese stone gate and other ruins on a red rooftop with other buildings in the background
Japanese shrine ruins on the rooftop of Hayashi Division Retailer

The evocative Hayashi Division Retailer(台南林百貨) is a Japanese-built division retailer relationship to 1932. Rich folks would have gone purchasing there throughout Japanese colonial interval in Tainan.

The as soon as deserted division retailer has been completely fastened up and is a division retailer as soon as once more, with 5 flooring of luxurious good, teas, jewellery, and souvenirs. Take a look at the 4th ground for some relics of the unique constructing and shows masking the constructing’s historical past. The rooftop homes a café and the ruins of a Japanese Torii shrine overlooking the town.

Tiantan Tiangong Temple

The inside of Tiantan Tiangong Temple in Tainan
Notice the well-known single stroke portray on the top-left.

Tiantan Tiangong Temple (臺灣首廟天壇) is value a fast cease to see the calligraphy pill that consists of a single stroke – it’s thought-about one of many three most well-known tablets in Taiwan. You may spot it on the ceiling above the principle shrine. The temple is was in-built 1854 on the location of what was the oldest temple in Taiwan, an altar that was utilized by Koxinga to speak with the gods.

Behind (east of) the temple, a small dessert restaurant referred to as 鷲嶺食肆 is housed in a phenomenal Japanese-era home, whereas the Former Tainan Climate Observatory (原台南測候所) is an iconic, round Tainan landmark beside it.

Tainan Wu Backyard

The exterior of a traditional wooden teahouse in Wu Garden, Tainan
Dawn 18 in Wu Backyard

The Tainan Wu Backyard (吳園藝文中心) is a brief stroll from there, with a beautiful coy pond, pavilion, and picket teahouse referred to as Dawn 18 (奉茶.十八卯), pictured above.

Down a small lane (Zhongshan Highway Lane 79) to the east of Wu Backyard is a well-liked fruit juice and ice cream store referred to as 旭峯號 that’s housed in an iconic, classically Tainan-style constructing. It has turn out to be one thing of an Instagram hotspot lately. 

Exterior of an old, famous building in Tainan with shops at bottom and red lanterns hanging in the air
An iconic Tainan constructing down a small alley from Wu Backyard

Snail Alley

A cafe sign with a picture of two cakes that are shaped like snails
Snail muffins on the market in Snail Alley

Skipping over to the west now (I like to recommend hopping in a cab on Zhongshan Highway if you wish to keep away from the 10-minute stroll), Snail Alley (蝸牛巷) is a cute, tremendous slim lane that accommodates just a few cafés. These embrace Pâtisserie Le Paradise (巴哈迪 印象甜品工房), which sells snail-shaped muffins (pictured above), and a cocktail bar referred to as Bar Lonely (籠裏). There’s additionally a snail mosaic within the alley.

The situation of Snail Alley on GoogleMaps will not be fairly proper and led me astray. I like to recommend going to Minsheng Highway Part 1 #157 (民生路一段157號) to seek out it, or search Serendipity Café (不經意的美好 by 熹餐廳) on GoogleMaps. The alley begins proper beside it.

Tai Cheng Fruit Store

A half a cantaloupe on a plate filled with scoops of ice cream
Tai Cheng Fruit Store’s signature melon with conventional ice cream

About 5 minutes’ stroll from Snail Alley, this ice cream store (and the following entry, which is correct throughout the road from it) have turn out to be all the trend in Tainan.

Tai Cheng Fruit Store (泰成水果店) is actually a fruit store, however they grew to become well-known once they began including conventional Taiwanese ice cream (like sorbet, and completely vegan!) to very large items of fruit. Their half melon full of scoops of ice cream (NT220, good for two folks) is probably the most well-known, however there are additionally pineapple and mango variations.

Quan Wei Jia Ice Cream 

A hand holding a soft serve ice cream cone with purple sign and Chinese characters in background
Conventional Japanese flavors of sentimental serve ice cream at Quan Wei Jia

Reverse Tai Cheng, Quan Wei Jia Ice Cream (蜷尾家甘味處散步甜食) is a Japanese-style tender serve ice cream store. You may count on tasty flavors like almond, earl grey, oolong tea, and genmaicha (brown rice inexperienced tea). When you can’t resolve between the 2 ice cream retailers, simply get each like I did! There are additionally some actually cute little retailers within the space.

The Spring

A public artificial pond in Tainan called the Spring
Cool off your ft at The Spring

Tainan’s “Spring” (河樂廣場) is a fairly public synthetic pond and water fountain. You may stroll in it to chill your ft off after exploring the sights, or do because the locals do and sit within the shaded space underneath the road overpass. I want we may have one thing like this in Taipei! Notice that it’s closed on Tuesdays for cleansing.

Shennong Avenue

Red lanterns along a traditional narrow street in Tainan called Shennong Street
Cute Shennong Avenue is lined with lanterns

Shennong Avenue(神農街) is without doubt one of the most atmospheric streets in Tainan, particularly within the night when all of the retailers are open and lanterns are lit up alongside the road. It runs west to east, beginning on the Drugs Temple (see under) and ending at Shuixian Gong Market (additionally see under).

On Shennong Avenue, don’t miss Fats Cat Story, a cat café on the western finish close to the Drugs Temple. They’ve solely obtained one cat, Bing Bing, however he’s lovey and cute, they usually’ll offer you meals to feed him at your desk.

A hand feeding a package of wet cat food to a black and white cat sitting on a table in a cat cafe in Tainan
Feeding a cat at my desk at Fats Cat Story cafe

Drugs, Wind, and Water Temples

Some lanterns hanging on a wall in the foreground and a tall temple in the background
Drugs Temple on the finish of Shennong Avenue

These three Taoist temples are small however thought-about among the most essential within the metropolis. They’re all inside just a few minute’s stroll from one another within the Shennong Avenue Space.

Drugs Temple (三協境全台開基藥王廟) is on the western finish of Shennong Avenue, Wind Temple (風神廟) is just some steps off Shennong Avenue, and Water Temple (臺郡三郊水仙宮) is inside Shuixian Gong Market (see under).

Shuixian Gong Market

A round wooden plate with six pieces of sushi on it shot in a traditional market in Tainan
Sushi bar inside Shuixian Gong Market

Shuixian Gong Market  (水仙宮市場) is a standard moist market (assume a lot of uncooked fish and meat, open within the morning solely), however it’s value visiting for the wonderful sushi bar proper in the course of it, referred to as 達也濱家漁場.

The Water Temple can also be proper available in the market, just a few steps from the sushi bar, and the market is known as after it.

Yongle Market

A row of hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Yongle Market Tainan, with a traditional Japanese lantern decoration on the street
Quite a few eating places lining Yongle Market

Yongle Market (永樂市場) is one other massive morning market that’s related to Shuixian Market, beginning proper behind the Water Temple.

It’s just like Shuixian Gong Market, however options extra eating places and meals stalls, particularly alongside Guohua Avenue Part 3 (國華街三段). These embrace 科芬園砂鍋魚頭, the place you’ll be able to strive fish head stew, a Chiayi dish that was famously featured on the Netflix sequence Avenue Meals Asia (this isn’t the restaurant that was featured, however it’s the identical dish).

Tainan Grand Mazu Temple

A close up of a golden statue of Matsu in the Grand Mazu Temple in Tainan
One of the crucial essential Matsu statues in Taiwan

Essentially the most well-known Matsu temple in Tainan’s metropolis middle is Tainan Grand Matsu Temple (大天后宮), however there are additionally spectacular Matsu temples in Anping and Luehrmen (see under sections of this text).

Initially this Matsu temple was the palace of the Ming Prince Zhu Shugui and his 5 concubines earlier than they killed themselves on the eve of the Qing takeover. They killed themselves in what’s now the second room of the temple if you enter.

The palace was later transformed right into a temple honoring Matsu, goddess of the ocean, who is commonly thought-about Taiwan’s patron goddess. The big Matsu statue on the principle altar is a masterpiece that impressed many later Matsu statues in Taiwan. It was revamped 300 years in the past by a grasp from Quanzhou, China.  

God of Conflict Temple

A long red wall beside a street, with one person riding a scooter on the street
The lengthy crimson wall of the God of Conflict Temple flanks the road.

Close to the Grand Matsu Temple, the God of Conflict Temple (臺灣祀典武廟)  includes a lengthy, crimson purple outer wall working alongside the road. One other distinctive characteristic is the tremendous tall threshold on the entrance, relationship to when ladies have been banned from getting into the temple.

Chihkan Tower

A lit up old building in Tainan called Chikhan Tower
Chikhan Tower at night time

Throughout Minzu Highway from the God of Conflict Temple, Chikhan Tower (赤崁樓) is one other of the town’s most recognizable constructions. Initially referred to as Fort Provintia (普羅民遮城), it was constructed by the Dutch in 1652, making it the oldest nonetheless preserved constructing within the central Tainan space. It’s particularly atmospheric when considered at night time.

You may get a small low cost should you guide your ticket to Chikhan Tower right here on Klook.

North and South District Sights

There are just a few noteworthy Tainan points of interest simply north and south of West Central District, in North District (北區) and South District (南區). They are often added on to the above strolling tour, should you’ve obtained time!  

Tainan Park

A pavilion and bridge across the pond in Tainan Park, reflecting on the water
Tainan Park simply earlier than sundown

Tainan Park (台南公園) in North District is the most important inexperienced house in central Tainan metropolis, at 132,000 sq. meters, and infrequently referred to as the “Lungs of Tainan”.

The park features a beautiful pond (燕潭) with pavilion and zigzag bridge throughout it, a Qing Dynasty stone gate (重道崇文坊), the Tainan Metropolis Kids’s Science Museum (台南市兒童科學館) for these visiting Tainan with children, and a playground on the middle. It’s a brief stroll from Chihkan Tower, and I loved a beautiful sundown there on the finish of my lengthy day of touring Tainan’s points of interest!

321 Arts Village

321 Art Alley Tainan
A former navy neighborhood turned artwork village

321 Arts Village (321巷 藝術聚落) is a former Japanese navy dormitory village transformed into arts neighborhood, alongside the traces of 44 South Village in Taipei and Guangfu Village in Taichung. There are 18 former residences on website to discover, housing artwork galleries, live-in artist’s studios, cafés, and extra.

There’s all the time artwork on show, contained in the houses, and within the lanes working between them. Notice that it was nonetheless closed as of mid-2022.It’s a quick stroll from Tainan Park.

Shiji Café (是吉咖啡) is a extremely cool café close by with a big second-floor window overlooking a leaf-filled lane.

A cafe in Tainan with large window at front
Shiji Cafe, with photographers I used to be working with for {a magazine} article

Blueprint Tradition & Artistic Park

An art installation of a blueprint house in Tainan
A 3D blueprint of a home

Blueprint Tradition & Artistic Park (藍晒圖文創園區) in South District is greatest visited at night time, when the photogenic 3D blueprint of a home is all lit up. There’s additionally a memento store, just a few cafés, some neighborhood artwork areas, an indigo dying home, a statues of a blue robotic mascot man all through!

A giant blue robot standing on the street with a tree lit up with blue lights behind it
Blueprint park’s big robotic mascot

Black Bridge Sausage Museum

Sure, there’s a devoted sausage museum (黑橋牌香腸博物館) in South District, and no, I by no means made it there. Nevertheless it’s fairly common amongst locals, so I’ll throw it on the market for all you sausage lovers!

Night time Markets in Tainan

The night time markets in Tainan work somewhat otherwise than night time markets in Taipei or different cities in Taiwan. Every one has its personal night time, or a pair nights of the week, and among the most well-known meals distributors transfer between them on every day of the week.

There’s a standard native saying that can assist you keep in mind when to go the place: 大大武花大花花 (大 for Ta-Tung on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 武 for Wusheng on Wednesday, and 花 for Backyard on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Tainan night time markets are additionally sometimes arrange in massive open areas like parking tons, not on common streets. Additionally, they’re all situated effectively away from the town middle, so that you’ll must journey to succeed in them. You could find out what to eat at each in my information to Tainan’s night time markets (coming quickly).

Backyard Night time Market

Crowd of people strolling between food stalls at Garden Night Market in Tainan
Common crowds at Tainan’s most well-known night time market

Backyard Night time Market (花園夜市) is the most important and most well-known night time market in Tainan, and by some counts, the most important in all of Taiwan, with over 400 stalls. It’s open on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and is a methods up in North District.

Ta-Tung Night time Market

Ta-Tung (大東夜市, or Dadong Night time Market) in East District is the second most well-known night time market in Tainan. It runs Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Wusheng Night time Market

Crowds of people between food stalls at Wusheng Night Market
Tainan’s former high night time market nonetheless attracts an honest crowd.

Wusheng Night time Market (武聖夜市) was Tainan’s favourite, however it has now slipped to the third spot. It runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It’s in West Central District, however within the northwestern nook of the district, a methods from any of the town middle points of interest (it takes quarter-hour to succeed in it on foot from Shennong Avenue, talked about above on this article)

Xiaobei Night time Market

Xiaobei Night time Market (小北觀光夜市) is close to Backyard Night time Market in North District, however opens on days when Backyard isn’t (Tuesday and Friday).

Xin Yong Hua Night time Market

Xin Yong Hua Night time Market (新永華夜市) in Anping district (see subsequent part) is a brand new, pleasantly uncrowded, and comparatively small night time market that runs on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Issues to Do in Tainan’s Anping District

You actually can’t go to Tainan with out spending a day in Anping District (安南區), even half a day, should you can! This historic district options the unique Dutch Fort from once they colonized Taiwan, the superior Anping Treehouse, Anping Outdated Avenue, and some different worthwhile websites.

When you’ve obtained further time, there are just a few extra sights in neighboring Annan District, however simply accessible from Anping, within the subsequent part under, together with the well-known Sicao Inexperienced Tunnel.

 Anping Grand Mazu Temple

Exterior of Anping Matsu Temple with turquoise roof tiles and red lanterns hanging in the sky
The oldest Matsu temple in Taiwan

It is sensible to start out your Anping go to at Anpring Grand Mazu Temple (安平開臺天后宮), close to entrance to the fort, as a result of the exit of the fort will then lead you to the following vacation spot under. Anping’s Matsu Temple holds the title for oldest working Matsu temple on mainland Taiwan (there’s an excellent older one in Penghu).

The three massive Matsu statues on the principle shrine inside have versatile our bodies and sit on picket stools that date to the Track Dynasty. The temple is a stunner, but when I may make one request, it will be to put in air-con; it was scorching contained in the temple on the day I visited!

Anping Outdated Fort

Steps going out the ruins of a fort, with trees growing on a the fort, and a white watchtower at the top
Ruins of the previous Dutch fort in Tainan

Anping Fort (安平古堡), or Fort Zeelandia, was the unique Dutch Fort in Taiwan throughout their temporary (38-year) occupation. It was constructed from 1624 to 1634 by the Dutch East India Firm. If you first enter close to the again of Anping Grand Mazu Temple, you’ll see a small museum to the left, which incorporates fashions of the unique fort.

Behind the museum is an unique outer fort wall constructed of bricks imported from Batavia (as we speak’s Jakarta, capital of the Dutch East Indies on the time). You may climb the interior fort, which is to the fitting of the principle entrance. There are canons, statues, and a memento store on high. You may as well climb the white scouthouse for a formidable 360-degree view of the encompassing Yanshui River, Anping Canal, Anping District. The exit of the advanced is on the bottom of the fort and results in the following attraction under. Entrance to the fort is NT50.

Anping Treehouse and Former Tait & Co. Service provider Home

Mirrors reflecting the many tree branches inside Anping Treehouse
Inside Anping Treehouse

Anping Treehouse (安平樹屋) is one in every of Anping’s hottest points of interest. It consists of an deserted warehouse that has been utterly taken over by banyan timber. It sits behind Former Tait & Co. Service provider Home (英商德記洋行), now a small museum, which was a service provider home through the Qing Dynasty and Japanese interval.

There’s additionally Mr. Zhu’s House & Calligraphy Exhibit (朱玖瑩故居(因鹽玖定), the primary constructing you’ll see if you enter the location, whereas Former Tait is to the left, and the treehouse is behind it. Earlier than leaving, benefit from the glorious tender serve ice cream on the small café on website (I had sea salt and caramel taste after I visited). Notice the staircase decorations on the partitions inside, meant to copy the elevated strolling paths contained in the treehouse.

For extra data see my detailed information to Anping Treehouse and Anping Outdated Avenue (coming quickly).

Anping Outdated Avenue

Jars and bags of dried fruit for sale on Anping Old Street
Anping Outdated Avenue is known for its dried fruit retailers.

Anping Outdated Avenue (安平老街), additionally referred to as Yanping Avenue (延平街), is usually referred to as the oldest road in Taiwan. It runs west to east from the east aspect of Anping Fort, and doesn’t actually get going till round midday.

The road’s two main specialties are shrimp crackers (蝦餅), which you’ll be able to see being made proper on the road, and dried fruits, with probably the most well-known store promoting the latter being Lin Yong Tai Dried Fruit Retailer (林永泰興蜜餞行, #84). Like different previous streets in Taiwan, Anping Outdated Avenue can get very crowded, however after I visited throughout COVID, there was hardly anybody there.

Haishan Corridor

Symbol of a green lion with a sword in its mouth on a white wall at the entrance to an old house in Anping, Tainan
The lion sword image, seen at Haishan Corridor, is a logo of Anping

Whereas exploring the Outdated Avenue, should you left flip down Lane 104, simply after the small temple, you’ll be able to attain a phenomenal previous home referred to as Haishan Corridor (海山館). Search for the lion with a sword in its mouth above the entranceway; these have been as soon as used as home markers as an alternative of numbers, and they’re now a logo of Anping. 

Cultural Museum of An-Ping Oyster Shell Cement Kiln

Displays inside the oyster museum in Tainan
A small, out-of-the-way museum about oysters

A five-minute stroll from Haishan Corridor or Anping Outdated Avenue, this small, free museum (安平蚵灰窯文化館) explains greater than you ever needed to find out about oysters, together with how their shells have been fired within the kiln on website to make cement.

On the best way, it’s also possible to cease in at Anping Market (安平市場, 6 am to 1 pm), should you’re fascinated about seeing a standard Taiwanese moist market.

Anping Salt God White Seaside Park

A white statue of a god holding a fish white white beach and blue sky behind it
A little bit of an surprising sight in Tainan…

Anping Salt God White Seaside Park (安平鹽神白沙灘公園) is a small white-sand seashore on a pond, with a white statue of a god beside it. You may’t swim right here on, however it makes for an fascinating, if surprising, picture op in Anping.

Sio Home Salt Museum

Shelves with bowls containing various colors of salt at the Sio House Salt Museum in Anping
“Birthday salts” at Sio Home Salt Museum

Proper subsequent to the white seashore, the Sio Home Salt Museum (台南安平-夕遊出張所)  is a really small museum about Tainan’s salt business. There isn’t a lot to see, however they do promote birthday salts, as in a unique kind of salt for daily of the 12 months. You may as well purchase just a few salt-flavored meals and drinks (together with salt soda, popsicles, and dou hua), and the museum is housed in a beautiful Japanese picket house. There are different extra fascinating salt-related points of interest in Tainan (see the ultimate part of this text).

In the identical space, the Outdated Julius Mannich Service provider Home (東興洋行) is one other previous home that now accommodates a restaurant. Anping Small Fort (安平小砲臺) can also be a brief stroll away, however it gained’t blow you away in comparison with Anpring Fort or Everlasting Golden Fortress (see under).

A canon and ruins of Anping Small Fort
Anping Small Fort

I like to recommend visiting the next sights within the late afternoon, because the solar is starting to set (I did so after I checked into this lodge, which I extremely suggest). They’re so as as you’d encounter them on foot, coming from the Anping Fort/Outdated Avenue space.

Anping Harbor and Anping Canal

View of traditional boats parked in Anping Harbor and a viewing platform over the harbor
View of Anping Harbor from Anping Group Heart

To Take pleasure in a very good view of Anping Harbor (安平港), you’ll be able to climb to the highest ground of the Anping Group Heart (台南市安平區金城里活動中心), only a 5-minute stroll south of Anping Outdated Avenue and Fort. The constructing homes a bar referred to as Hola (安平果然是你) with a view of the harbor. The harbor-side of the constructing additionally has a whale mural that appears cool when lit up at night time.

Anping Canal runs for six kilometers inland and again to the harbor, creating a big island that makes up most of Anping District. There are strolling and biking trails alongside it, and Anping Canal Park (安平運河公園) may be beautiful, particularly at night time. There are a number of bridges crossing the canal, together with the rainbow-colored New Lin An Bridge (新臨安橋). There’s additionally the small Anping Canal Museum (安平海關 運河博物館), which was closed after I visited in 2022.

Anping Fisherman’s Wharf

A giant whale statue with standing platform inside its mouth
Whale artwork set up at Fisherman’s Wharf

When you cross Anyi Bridge, the place Anping Harbor connects to Anping Canal, you’ll attain Anping Fisherman’s Wharf (安平漁人碼頭), which is understood for sundown views. Historic Harborside Park (港濱歷史公園) is known for its Whale Artwork Set up (大魚的祝福(鯨魚裝置藝術), which you’ll be able to climb up into.

Lin Mo Niang Park

A giant white state of Matsu with red flowers in the foreground
Large Matsu statue at Lin Mo Niang Park

Following the Historic Harborside Park on foot or by bike to the west towards the ocean will carry you to Lin Mo Niang Park (林默娘公園), named after Matsu, the goddess of the ocean. There, a towering white Matsu statue stands, defending Taiwan, and welcoming ships as they enter the harbour.

1661 Taiwan Warship Museum

A white, red and black wooden shop help up on sticks on the shore with trees beside it
On warship on show at 1661 Warship Museum

The Taiwan Warship Museum (臺灣船園區) is a small, harborside museum that includes a purple and black picket warship relationship to the 1600s. There isn’t an entire lot to see; normally you’ll be able to go on the ship, however it was closed for renos after I visited. Nonetheless, marine warfare followers may wish to take a fast look on the best way to the following entry.

Entrance is listed as NT30 (it was really free after I visited, probably as a result of I confirmed up just some minutes earlier than closing), and it’s closed on Mondays. Ensure that to get there earlier than the 5:30 closing time.

Deyang Ship Destroyer Exhibition Corridor

A huge war ship parked in Tainan Harbor with an ROC flag with a cute dog flying at the front
The USS Sarsfield parked in Tainan Harbor

The extra worthwhile Deyang Ship Destroyer Exhibition Corridor (安平定情碼頭德陽艦園區) options the USS Sarsfield, a US Navy ship that was laid down on the finish of WWII, deployed in Cuba, the Vietnam Conflict, and at last utilized by the Taiwan navy earlier than being retired in 1977.

You may discover a number of flooring and rooms of the ship. There are additionally some small Republic of China tanks and plane on website. You may get a small low cost should you purchase your tickets right here on Klook.

Everlasting Golden Fortress

A red brick tunnel at Eternal Golden Castle
Tunnel at Everlasting Golden Fortress bathed in golden gentle

The Everlasting Golden Fortress, additionally referred to as Erkunshen Battery (億載金城 / 二鯤鯓砲臺) was constructed to withstand invading Japanese troops. I like to recommend visiting proper earlier than the 5:30 p.m. closing time, when the low rays of the solar make the ruins dwell as much as their identify.

The Everlasting Golden Fortress is situated within the massive Yizai Park (億載公園), simply 5 minutes from Deyang Ship Destroyer. You may get a small low cost should you guide your ticket right here on Klook.

Ruins covered with a glass roof at Eternal Golden Castle
Ruins of barracks and gun ammunition depot at Golden Everlasting Fortress

Yuguang Island

Some rafters on the beach with people in background and sunset happening
Sundown on the seashore on Yuguang Island

Yuguang Island (漁光島) is related to the mainland through a rounded bridge. It’s a bit far (20 minutes on foot), however doable to stroll from Everlasting Golden Fortress to the attractive stretch of sand at Moon Bay. It’s a well-liked spot at sundown, and there are some meals stalls on the finish of the bridge, simply earlier than the park and seashore. When you’ve obtained your individual wheels, you possibly can additional discover the island’s numerous fishing docks and lighthouses.

Sundown Platform

For an additional sundown vantage level, you’ll be able to contemplate Sundown Platform (觀夕平臺), which is simply throughout the harbor entrance from Yuguang Island, however too far-off from the latter to succeed in on foot (you’d must stroll all the best way across the whole harbor.

There’s additionally a seashore close to Sundown Platform at Qiaotouhaitan Park (橋頭海灘公園), additionally common at sundown, in addition to Anping Lighthouse (安平燈塔).

Locations to Go to in Annan District

The next points of interest are in Annan district, simply north of Anping, however simply accessible from Anping. Because it’s doable to see the principle points of interest of Anping in half a day, you possibly can embrace a number of of the next to finish your day, and spend the night time in Anping at this lodge, and go to the next sights the following morning like I did.

Taijiang Nationwide Park

A swamp with green moss on the surface and two white birds visible in the background
Birdwatching in Taijiang Nationwide Park

Taijiang Nationwide Park (臺江國家公園) is a comparatively new (created in 2009) nationwide park defending largely wetlands and marine areas. The most well-liked solution to discover the nationwide park is by taking a ship tour to Sicao Inexperienced Tunnel (see subsequent entry) or an extended tour of the nationwide park supplied by the identical boat operator.

The longer tour visits a number of stops within the nationwide park, however primarily solely runs in winter, when uncommon black-faced spoonbills, a migratory hen, may be seen within the space.

Sicao Inexperienced Tunnel

A green canopy of trees over a canal
The awe-inspiring Sicao Inexperienced Tunnel

A preferred attraction, Sicao Inexperienced Tunnel (四草綠色隧道) is a “tunnel” fashioned by a cover of timber over a canal in a wetland space in Taijiang Nationwide Park – it’s principally human-made, however lovely nonetheless. Thirty-minute boat excursions depart after sufficient folks arrive (I needed to wait a full hour for the tour on a weekday morning, so I like to recommend happening a weekend).

The identical firm provides longer excursions that cowl extra floor within the nationwide park, that are extra common in winter, when the migratory black-faced spoonbill may be noticed.

Luerhmen Mazu Temple

Red buildings of Luerhmen Mazu Temple in Tainan
The most important Matsu temple on the earth

The extraordinarily spectacular Luerhmen Mazu Temple (正統鹿耳門聖母廟) is without doubt one of the largest temples in Taiwan. It’s effectively out of the best way and never simple to succeed in. I like to recommend going by scooter, which I did, however it’s also possible to take bus Tainan bus 11 to Shengmu Temple cease, or Vacationer Bus 99, when it’s really working (the bus has been majorly diminished due to lack of vacationers).

The massive, colourful temple advanced is surrounded by a moat and has two towering statues of demons defending the temple within the parking zone. It’s the world’s largest temple devoted to Matsu.

Nationwide Museum of Taiwan Historical past

Additionally far out of the best way, the Nationwide Museum of Taiwan Historical past (國立臺灣歷史博物館) is nonetheless among the finest historical past museums in Taiwan. To get there, you’ll be able to take bus 18 from the town middle.

Tainan Day Journeys

The next locations are additional afield in Tainan Metropolis, making them appropriate as day journeys from Tainan.

Chimei Museum

View of a giant museum that looks like the whitehouse, but is actually Chimei Museum in Tainan
The Stately Chimei Museum

The moderately surprising (it appears one thing just like the Whitehouse in Washington D.C.) Chimei Museum (奇美博物館) additionally accommodates a surprisingly massive array of artifacts. Inside you’ll discover 5 main collections: musical devices (together with the world’s largest violin assortment), wonderful arts, pure historical past/fossils, antiques, and a formidable armor assortment.

A number of buses go there from the town middle, together with ones en path to the Tainan Excessive Velocity Rail station; use GoogleMaps to seek out one of the best bus choices out of your departure location.

You get discounted tickets to Chimei Museum right here on Klook.

Cigu Salt Mountain

Cigu Salt Mountain Tainan
Cigu’s well-known Salt Mountain in Tainan

Cigu Salt Mountain (七股鹽山, or Qigu Salt Mountain) is precisely what it appears like: a mountain of salt. It’s a photogenic website, and you’ll climb a number of staircases to the highest. It lies within the namesake Qigu District, which was as soon as well-known for its salt business. You may as well style all kinds of salted gadgets on website, together with salt ice cream, salt douhua, and seafood baked atop hunks of salt.

The Qigu Salt Museum (成功鹽體驗館) is simply across the nook and price an hour of your time. There are salt sculptures, a great deal of information concerning the former business, and a café that does salted coffees.

For extra data on Cigu and the following entry, see my information to Cigu Salt Mountain and Tainan’s Salt Fields.

About 25 minutes’ drive away from Cigu Salt Mountain, Guosheng Lighthouse (國聖港燈塔) sits on the westernmost level on Mainland Taiwan. There are additionally some lovely sand dunes there, referred to as Dingtoue Sandbar (頂頭額沙洲).

Jingzijiao Wapan Salt Fields

Tainan salt fields just before sunset
Jingzijiao Salt Fields in Tainan

The Jingzijiao Wapan Salt Fields (台南北門井仔腳瓦盤鹽田) are probably the most photogenic reminders of Tainan’s salt producing previous. The fantastically preserved salt fields north of Qigu Salt Mountain are particularly photogenic within the late afternoon. You may even stroll on a few of them and check out your hand at shoveling salt. There’s a tower you’ll be able to climb to get a very spectacular view from above.

Beimen Crystal Church

A round glass church in Tainan
A well-known wedding ceremony picture spot

Not removed from Jingzijiao Wapan, Beimen Crystal Church (水晶教堂) is a curved glass construction surrounded by a pond. It’s a well-liked Instagram spot and wedding ceremony images location. If this type of website appeals to you, additionally contemplate visiting the Excessive-Heeled Sneakers Church (高跟鞋教堂) not too far-off throughout the border in Chiayi County.

Laotanghu Artwork Village

Artwork lovers can contemplate visiting Laotanghu Artwork Village (老塘湖藝術村), the place the ruins of previous houses have been fastened up by artists, together with treeehouses, cute retailers, and a picket bridge to extra atmospheric houses on a small island.

Yanshui Fireworks Competition

Yanshui Beehive Festival, one of the craziest things to do in Taiwan during Chinese New Year
Getting hit by bottle rockets at Yanshui Fireworks Competition

Usually referred to as one of the vital harmful festivals on the earth, the Yanshui Fireworks Competition (鹽水蜂炮) takes place in Yanshui district in northern Tainan. The pageant began when locals set off fireplace crackers to thrust back a cholera epidemic within the late 1800s.

Now, yearly on the 15th day of the primary month on the Lunar Calendar (the identical day because the Lantern Competition; see extra information in my information to Taiwan’s festivals), mobs of individuals on the street get pummelled by hundreds of bottle rockets, typically even inflicting their clothes to start out on fireplace! You may learn all about my expertise on the Yanshui Fireworks Competition.

Guanziling Sizzling Spring

Guanziling mud hot spring, one of the best things to do in Taiwan in January
Mud scorching spring at King’s Resort Backyard

Considered one of Taiwan’s most unusual scorching springs is the mud scorching spring discovered at Guanziling in northeastern Tainan. The most effective spot on the town to strive bathing within the muddy waters, and rubbing mud in your physique (it’s nice for the pores and skin) is King’s Backyard Villa (see on Reserving / Agoda / TripAdvisor).

You could find all the main points you want for visiting in my information to Guanziling Mud Sizzling Spring.

Dongshan Espresso Highway

A sign and bicycle art installation on Dongshan Coffee Road in Tainan
Dongshan Espresso Highway

Additionally in Guanziling district, Dongshan Espresso Highway (175咖啡公路) on freeway 175 provides the possibility to pattern domestically grown espresso straight from espresso farmers. Plums, longans, and different citrus fruits are additionally grown within the space. It’s a well-liked biking vacation spot.

Erliao Dawn Pavilion

A sunset above a sea of misty hills in Tainan
Beautiful views from Erliao Dawn Pavilion

The Erliao Dawn Pavillion (台南二寮觀日亭) in southeastern Tainan is a picket walkway alongside a mountainous highway to a platform that options epic mountain views. You’ll wish to come for dawn, if doable, for an opportunity to see the famed dawn above mist-covered hilltops. It’s the same view that’s usually related to Alishan in neighborhing Chiayi County.

Caoshan Moon World Grand Canyon

Dry hills at Caoshan Moon World in Tainan
Caoshan Moon World

A 20-minute drive additional up the identical highway will carry you to Caoshan Moon World Grand Canyon (草山月世界大峽谷). Head to “308高地觀景台 viewing platform” for one of the best views of the canyon. The surroundings is harking back to the same Moon World Panorama Park in neighboring Kaohsiung.

Tsailiao Fossil Museum

A 20-minute drive in a unique route from Erliao Dawn Pavillion will take you to Tsailiao Fossil Museum (臺南左鎮化石園區), which options fossils and replicas of dinosaurs and different historic creatures.

Huxingshan Park

When you’re visiting the world round Lunar New 12 months in Taiwan, undoubtedly make a cease at Huxingshan Park (虎形山公園), which is decked out with cool lights and lantern shows on the time. There’s additionally a suspension bridge and artwork shows on website.

Properly, I hope you’ve discovered greater than sufficient concepts for enjoyable issues to do in Tainan, Taiwan! Let me know within the feedback how your journey goes of if I missed something!

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