Official God of War Temple
This is the oldest and most impressive temple in Taiwan dedicated to Guan Di (Guan Gong), a Han-dynasty general deified as a patron of...
This old fort is one of the best preserved, or perhaps we should say reconstructed, historical sights in Tainan. It's a splendid place...
Altar of Heaven
Have you had a run of bad luck lately? Then visit this temple and pray to the supreme Taoist entity, the Jade Emperor (Lord of Heaven),...
A Chuan Melon Drink
Well-known melon (or winter squash, technically) drink stand across from the Official God of War Temple. Look for the line-up.
Chi Kin Dandanman
This is a fun place to try traditional dànzǎi miàn, because the restaurant is set in a Japanese-era merchant's house. Dànzǎi miàn ...
Lonely Planet review
This lively temple once served as the palace of Ning Jin, the last king of the Ming dynasty. If you wish to confirm visually that a king's status is lower than an emperor's, count the steps to the shrine. There are only seven; an emperor would get nine.
Matsu is the most popular folk deity in Taiwan, with over 500 temples dedicated to her around the island. Some features to note at this particular temple (besides the nicely detailed wood carvings and paintings) include the 300-year-old Matsu statue, and, in the back, the shrine to Matsu's parents, in an area that used to be King Ning Jin's bedroom. Look up and you'll see the roof beam where the king's concubines hanged themselves so many years ago (see Wufei Temple).
For fun, check out the eyes and feet of the door guards in the annexe to the left. Notice something odd?