Tainan Art Museum


Both buildings of the Tainan Art Museum are now open – this one (Building 1), the former Tainan City Police Station raised in the Japanese era; and the sleek Ban Shigeru–designed Building 2. At the time of research, Building 1 of the museum was hosting the exhibition 'The Glory of Tainan', which traces the development of cultural and aesthetic identity in this southern city.

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1. Confucius Temple

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Built in 1666 by the son of Ming loyalist Zheng Chenggong (Koxinga),Taiwan's first Confucian temple and official school is quiet, dignified and coloured…

2. National Museum of Taiwan Literature

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This serious and excellent museum details the development of Taiwanese literature from the time of the pre-Han indigenous peoples to the modern era…

3. Stone Arch

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This antique arch used to be the outermost gateway to the Confucius Temple but became separated from the temple after Nanmen Rd was built in the Japanese…

4. Old Japanese Martial Arts Academy

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This sleek and poised Japanese building next to the Confucius Temple was a butokuden, a place where the Japanese taught and promoted martial arts such as…

5. Land Bank

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The neoclassical-style Land Bank dates from 1928. Japanese architects were heavily influenced by western ideas at the time and neoclassical revival was a…

6. Hayashi Department Store

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This art deco department store from the 1930s has been so beautifully restored that it's worth going in just to ascend the sweeping staircase, peer…

7. Altar of Heaven

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Tainan families have been coming here for generations on the 1st and 15th of every lunar month to pray to the supreme Taoist entity, the Jade Emperor. The…

8. Lady Linshui's Temple

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For generations, women have come to this temple to ask Lady Linshui to protect their children. This is demanding work and the goddess employs 36…