Tongpanqian Cemetery

Tongpanqian Cemetery (Tǒngpánqiǎn Mùyuán 桶盤淺幕園) Tainan holds much of Taiwan’s oldest history, and it should therefore surprise non that it also holds one of the most historic cemeteries. The Tongpanqian Cemetery in the south district of Tainan is the city’s largest and contains many notable graves. These include the oldest Ming dynasty grave, the tombs … 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

Singda Harbor Fish Market

Singda Harbor Fish Market (Xīngdágǎng Guānguāng Yúshì 興達港觀光漁市) If you’re looking for a good deal on fish, or just an excuse for an excursion down the coast, you should head to the Singda Harbor Fish Market. On top of being a great place to shop for seafood, the market is a lot of fun and … Continue reading

Old Union Hall and Wu’s Garden

Old Union Hall and Wu’s Garden (Yuán Táinán Gōnghuìtáng 原台南公會堂) Tucked into the middle of the city is the former garden of a wealthy 19th century businessman named Wu, and upon its grounds is the old Union Hall where town meetings were held during the Japanese period. The garden and hall were built for separate … Continue reading

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

Anping Oyster Shell Cement Kiln

Anping Oyster Shell Cement Kiln (Ānpíng Kēhuīyáo Wénhuà Guǎn 安平蚵灰窯文化館) There’s a well-known theory among Taiwanese that their traditional brick houses all have ants due to the cement used to mortar the bricks together. From as early as the 17th century and as recent as the 1970s, locals used a cement mixed from oyster ash, … Continue reading

Taijiang Ecological Culture Zone

Taijiang Ecological Culture Zone You may not know it from the flat, suburban sprawl, but Tainan is on the doorstep of one of Taiwan’s eight national parks. The Taijiang National Park encompasses much of the coastline and estuaries north of Tainan City. Even within the city limits, sporadic areas are designated national parkland. The Taijiang … 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 City Bus Service

Tainan City Bus Service The streets of Tainan aren’t exactly stuffed with buses. This is excellent news if you’re traveling by your own mode of transportation, but not so great news if you’re dependent on buses to get around. Those who live in Tainan quickly learn that having your own mode of transport is quite … Continue reading

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