Kaiji Matsu Temple

Kaiji Matsu Temple (Kāijī Tiānhòu Gōng 開基天后宮) While the Grand Matsu Temple was the first to be dedicated as an “Official Rights Tianhou Temple,” the first temple in the historic Chikan area devoted to Matsu is the nearby Kaiji Matsu Temple. Kaiji means inaugural, which makes one think this is the oldest Matsu temple in … 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

Greenhouse Delicatessen

Greenhouse Delicatessen

Greenhouse Delicatessen (Lùwū 綠屋) This longstanding restaurant serving western food is very popular with locals and foreigners. For years, it was tucked into an alley off of Fuzhong Street, across from Chen Yonghua Temple and near the Confucian Temple. A few months ago, it moved to its current location on Fulian Road to the southeast … Continue reading

Narrow Door Cafe

Narrow Door Cafe (Zhǎi Mén Kāfēi   窄門咖啡) There is a wonderful new movement in Tainan to turn old buildings into funky bars and cafes, as opposed to the previous trend of letting old buildings get torn down and replaced by nondescript new buildings that lack any history or character. In the West, we love our … Continue reading

Dehua Hall (Dehua Temple)

Dehua Hall (dé huā táng 德化堂) This building originally dates from 1837, but has been renovated many times. I’ve always liked this temple from the outside. I like the long wall and the simple, low-lying architecture. There’s something very simple, unassuming and peaceful about the place. The lack of colorful dragons and deities adorning the roof should tell … Continue reading

Fuzhong Street

Fuzhong Street (Fǔzhōng Jiē 府中街) Just across Nanmen Road from the Confucian Temple, you will see a large stone arch. It is the Pan Gao Stone Arch ( 泮宮石坊), which was built in 1749 and once served as an entrance to the temple. It is now the entrance to Fuzhong Street, a European-style pedestrian street that makes for a nice … Continue reading

Great South Gate

Great South Gate (Dànánmén 大南門) Dànánmén, the Great South Gate, is one of only two main gates left from the days when Tainan City was protected by walls. The other remaining gate is Dàdōngmén, the Great East Gate, but it is surrounded by a traffic circle and cannot be interacted with in the same way. … Continue reading

Temple of the Five Concubines

Temple of the Five Concubines (Wǔfēi Miào 五妃廟) Unlike urban cemeteries in Europe where you can find people sitting next to grave stones and reading books, Taiwanese people are far too superstitious to treat a grave site as a park. The very idea of entering a cemetery for any purpose other than to clean the tomb and … Continue reading

Cua Bing – Lily Fruits Store

Lily Fruits Store’s Cua Bing (利利水果店的剉冰) What better cure for the summer heat than a nice bowl of cua bing? Cua bing (剉冰) isTaiyu and sometimes spelled Chhoah-peng; in mandarin it’s often called bàobīng(刨冰). It is a shaved ice dessert that can be purchased at a variety of places, but no place can match the atmosphere of … Continue reading