Masa Loft (Cafe)

Masa Loft (Mǎshā Luófú 瑪莎羅芙) Across the street from NCKU at the entrance of the university’s food street is a chic cafe called Masa Loft. The cafe is on the third floor of a building overlooking Daxue Road, and is appropriately named as ‘a loft.’ It has lots of light, a wide-open layout, and hardwood … Continue reading

The Old House Inn

The Old House Inn

The Old House Inn (Táinán Fǔchéng – Xī Shìchǎng Xièzhái 台南府城-西市場 謝宅) Staying in hotels can be a merely serviceable experience, or it can be an experience in itself. If you’re coming to Tainan, ask yourself this, “Do I want a standard experience, or do I want a unique experience that gives me a real … Continue reading

Tainan Cineplexes

Vieshow Cinemas

Tainan Cineplexes In addition to several small, old, second run theaters like the Chin Men (Quánměi) Theater, Tainan City has three large, modern cineplexes that offer first run movies. Like many cineplexes around the world, they play a standard range of Hollywood new releases. Generally, the distribution companies make sure there is always at least … Continue reading

Nanmen Weekend Flower Market

Nanmen Weekend Flower Market (Nánmén Jiàrì Huāshì 南門假日花市) There are many places to buy plants and flowers in Tainan, but the place to go for a bit of vibe with your flowers is the Tainan Flower Market. Located on Nanmen Road between the Confucius Temple and the Great South Gate, it is a convenient stop … Continue reading

Confucius Temple Cultural Park Tourism Center (Old Tainan Forestry Office)

Old Forestry Office

Confucius Temple Cultural Park Tourism Center On You Ai Street behind the Confucius Temple, Wude Hall, and the National Literature Museum, there is a small Japanese colonial-era building that was once the offices of the forestry department. It is a well-preserved building and has been recently made into the Confucius Temple Cultural Zone Tourism Center. … Continue reading

Lady Linshui Temple

main hall

Lady Linshui Temple (Línshuǐ Fūrén Miào 臨水夫人廟) Right next door to the Koxinga Shrine is the Lady Linshui Temple (also called Madame Linshuei Temple, or Lady of Linshui Ma Temple). This is a largely feminine temple that focuses on the cult of  Lady Linshui, the Goddess of Birth and Fertility. While many temples around Tainan … Continue reading

A Parade at Chen Yonghua Temple

Lion Dancers

A Parade at Chen Yonghua Temple These photos were taken when I stumbled upon a parade at Chen Yonghua Temple a couple of weekends ago. It wasn’t a huge parade, but it had just about everything.