Kaiji Lingyou Temple

Kaiji Lingyou Temple (Kāijī Língyòu Gōng 開基靈祐宮) Although this temple is right down an alley from Chikan Lou, it is seldom visited by tourists. The caretaker jumped out of his seat to give me a tour of the place when he saw that I was photographing it. For a small and lesser known temple, though, … Continue reading

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Candy’s American Kitchen

Candy’s American Kitchen Are there any Americans out there who are homesick for some American home cooking? A woman named Candy is happy to oblige. Her restaurant on Chong Ming Road in the southeast of the city serves home-style goodies that are ready warm your belly with rib-sticking goodness. The English menu offers meat and … Continue reading

The Armory

The Armory (Bīng Gōng Chǎng 兵工廠) Every Asian city of a certain size has an expat bar. In fact, Tainan has a few places well-populated by foreigners, but The Armory has the distinction of being Tainan’s expat institution. I’ve overheard many people ask why everyone goes to The Armory and the invariable answer is “because … Continue reading

Tainan Meteorological Station

Tainan Meteorological Station If you live in Tainan or even if you’ve only visited, you probably noticed the strange-looking building on Gongyuan Road near the Minsheng Green Park traffic circle. That building with the wide circular base and a thin white tower is the old Tainan Meteorological Station. Its odd shape makes it really stand … Continue reading

Eternal Golden Castle (Erkunshen Fortress)

Eternal Golden Castle (Yìzǎi Jīn Chéng 億載金城) Not long before Taiwan was handed over to Japan, this fort was built to increase defense against the threat of invasion from those very same Japanese. The Qing leadership began building the fortress in 1874 and completed it in 1876. They hired a French architect named Bordeaux to … Continue reading

Xinhua (Sinhua) Old Street

Xinhua Old Street (Xīnhuà Lǎo Jiē 新化老街) Throughout Tainan City you can find Japanese-era shop houses with Baroque-influenced facades. This was modernity to Japanese architects and the style spread throughout the region. While these buildings are randomly scattered throughout Tainan City, in Xinhua Township there is a two or three block stretch where almost every building follows … Continue reading

City God Temple

City God Temple (Chénghuáng Miào 城隍廟) The front door of this temple perhaps sits closer to the street than any other in Tainan. All the action (or at least traffic) of Qingnian Road whizzes by this temple in a constant furry, making it one of the most environmentally-integrated temple exteriors in the urban landscape of Tainan … Continue reading

Old Tainan City Walls

Old Tainan City Walls When we talk about “Old Tainan City” as a preserved area, we are talking about the part of the city that was once within the city walls. We could add to that distinction the Five Channels port area just to the west of the walls, but generally, Anping is a whole … Continue reading

Shuixian Temple (Water Fairy Temple)

Shuixian Temple (shuǐxiān gōng 水仙宮) Tucked away in Shuixian Temple Market is a tiny gem of a temple and a real piece of history. Located at the head of Shennong Street, this temple was a control center for much of the on-goings of the Five-Channels Area during the Qing Dynasty. When this was a busy port area … Continue reading

Beach – Golden Beach

Golden Beach (huáng jīn hǎi tān   黃金海攤) The largest beach within Tainan city limits is Golden Beach in the south-west of the city. The beach is quite expansive at 3 or 4 kilometers long and well over 50m wide in many areas. It’s also usually empty enough that you could have several regulation-sized football games going … Continue reading