Attractions

Top Choice Taoist Temple in Tainan

Grand Matsu Temple

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 …
Top Choice Notable Building in Tainan

Hayashi Department Store

This art-deco department store from the 1930s so close to the hearts of Tainaners has been beautifully restored and finally reopened its doors in 2013 after several decades of disuse. Do go inside just to ascend the…
Top Choice Confucian Temple in Tainan

Confucius Temple

Confucian temples usually exude the calm, grace and dignified beauty of the best of Chinese traditional culture and this, the first such temple in Taiwan, does not disappoint. A solemn Confucius Memorial Ceremony ta…
Top Choice Architecture in Tainan

Land Bank

The neoclassical-style Land Bank dates from 1928. Japanese architects were heavily influenced by Western ideas at the time and neoclassical revival was a dominant style for public monuments in the US and Europe, so …
Top Choice Taoist Temple in Tainan

City God Temple

When you enter the temple, look up for the two large abacuses used to calculate whether you have done more good than bad in life; check out the most famous words ever written on a temple plaque in Taiwan: '爾來了' or '…
Top Choice Museum in Tainan

National Museum of Taiwanese Literature

This serious and excellent museum details the development of Taiwanese literature from the time of the pre-Han indigenous peoples to the modern era. Textual explanations are supplemented by original manuscripts, rea…
Top Choice Area in Tainan

Shennong Street

Cafes, art galleries, fashion boutiques and B&Bs have flowered in the hub of Tainan's former Five Canals area, taking full advantage of the long, narrow, loft-like spaces in the former canal-side shophouses. Wed…
Museum in Tainan

National Museum of Taiwan History

Eight kilometres north of the city centre of Tainan, this three-storey museum opened in 2011 and is a good introduction to the ethno-cultural history of Taiwan.The visually appealing exhibits and multimedia installa…
Taoist Temple in Tainan

Official God of War Temple

This is the oldest and most impressive temple in Taiwan dedicated to Guandi (Guan Gong), a Han-dynasty general deified as the God of War and the patron of warriors and those who live by a code of honour. Unlike most…
Area in Tainan

Anping Old Streets

To the right of the Anping Fort entrance you’ll find some of the oldest streets in Taiwan. As you wander about, look for stone lion masks (劍獅; jiànshī) with swords across the mouth. They were once used to protect a …