Old Tainan Prefecture Hall (National Museum of Taiwan Literature)

Whether a tourist or resident of Tainan, it is unlikely the large European-style building on the Minsheng traffic circle has escaped your eyes. It seems a bit out of place and is so well-restored that it almost looks like it was recently built to serve as the newly conceived National Museum of Taiwan Literature that … Continue reading

Tainan Police Headquarters

Tainan Police Headquarters While the spic n’ span condition of this building might make you think it is relatively new, the headquarters of the Tainan Police Bureau on Nanmen Road is actually an old heritage building dating from 1931. Located just across the road from the Confucian Temple and the Prefecture Hall, this functioning police … Continue reading

Baoan Railway Station

Baoan Railway Station (Bǎoān Huǒchēzhàn 保安火車站) The small town of Baoan just to the south of Tainan doesn’t have a lot of tourist draws, but it does get a name for itself due to its cute little Japanese-era train station. Taiwan’s railway line was started just before the Japanese occupation in 1895, however most of … Continue reading

Wang Steak

Wang Steak (Wáng Pǐn 王品) If you’re looking for some higher-end dining and a good chunk of meat, the Taiwan chain called Wang Steak has a location in Tainan. This is a full-service, fine-dining restaurant with dim mood lighting, quality furnishings, and stylish tableware. Eating there was a serious divergence from the bian dang hole-in-the-walls … Continue reading

Tait and Company and the Anping Treehouse

Old Tait & Co. Merchant House The expulsion of the Dutch from Taiwan in 1662 was not the end of European traders in Taiwan nor in Anping, but it took an Opium War to officially open the doors to trade. Anping was one of the four harbors opened to foreign trading on Taiwan as per … Continue reading

Tainan Wude Hall (Old Tainan Martial Arts Academy)

Tainan Wude Hall While the Japanese built many modern buildings in Taiwan, finding traditional Japanese buildings is a little more difficult. Wude Hall is one of the few examples of traditional Japanese architecture in Tainan. The Japanese built it as a martial training center for police, military, and other citizens. Several martial arts halls were … Continue reading

Jinhua Temple

Jinhua Temple (Jīnhuā Fǔ 金華府) While most temples in Tainan have the title miào (廟) or sì (寺) in reference to being temples, Jinhua Temple is has the title of fǔ (府), which has a closer meaning to house. This modest temple is indeed more like a house than a temple structure. While most temples … 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

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

Old West Gate Market

Old West Gate Market (Xīmén Shíchǎng 西門市場) I passed by this old crumbling relic several times before I took the initiative to go in and check it out. The visible facade is on a little lane called Zhengxing Street that runs between Ximen and Haian near Minsheng Road. The building particularly stands out because it is a veritable ruin stuck in … Continue reading