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Discover Tainan

Known as "The Birthplace of Taiwan", the ancient city of Tainan was the capital during the Qing Dynasty and has well-preserve relics, monuments and cultural traditions. Rent a scooter to get the best sights of town, be it the hipster cafes, breathtaking sights, delectable small eateries or quaint streets, every corner of Tainan speaks wonders of Taiwan's historical past. Travelling around Tainan is convenient as most attraction sites are just a stone throw away and is easily accessible by public transport.

 

Where to go in Tainan

Confucius Temple : Taiwan's oldest historical sites to commemorate the birth of the great Chinese philosopher, Confucius. Built in 1666, the temple was originally used as Taiwan's first official school and as to date, this preserved antiquity serves as a recreational park where local community gathers to practice Tai Chi, do sports and learn about Confucianism. Occasionally, events are held here to advocate the Six Confucius Arts to demonstrate the spirit of the Confucianism. Besides the amazing music and dance performances, visitors can also tour around the Confucius Temple Commercial Area and marvel at its well-preserved buildings of traditional brick walls, learn calligraphy techniques, pick up archery, take part in cultural rituals and racing with chariots at the Confucius Temple Culture Festival.

 

National Museum of Taiwanese Literature: Located within a walking distance from the Confucius temple is a distinctive contemporary European architecture that was formerly Tainan's City Hall. There are exhibits showcasing the evolution Taiwan's literary, multi-national arts and culture from the artifacts, and art exhibitions featuring pieces from Taiwan, Japan and China, you're bound to have an eye-opening experience.

 

Anping Fort: Situated in Anping District, this notable fortress-turned-museum was a remain from the Dutch colonial which symbolises Tainan's origine. The market streets around the fort transformed into a buzzing weekend carnival with local snacks, games stalls and opera performances. Adjacent to the fort lies the Matsu Temple, a holy place dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Slightly further to the west is the Anping Old Street where traditional Tainan handicrafts and food are sold along its ancient alleys and buildings. Located on the north is the Anping Tree House, an abandoned British warehouse crawled with banyan tree, making it a great backdrop for photography.

 

Hayashi Departmental Store: Shop for rare local-made merchandises, unique crafts and Taiwan eateries in Taiwan's oldest departmental store. You could also spot Japanese architectural remains on paved floor tiles and ruins of the rooftop Shinto Shrine from the observation deck. This 5-story store also has an indoor exhibition featuring its history during the Japanese Colonial Era.

 


What to eat in Tainan

Taiwan is famed for its night market offering a wide selection of affordable local fashion staples, game stalls and street food made fresh in front of your eyes. To ease your supper cravings, don't miss out on Dadong Night Market or Tainan Flower Night Market where many has vouched for the Stinky Tofu, Lurou Fan (braised pork rice bowl) and Mua Gui (rice cake filled with pickled vegetables and pork, drizzled with sweet chili sauce).

 

Get a taste of Tainan traditional food at stalls surrounding Chihkan Tower, located beside Anping Fort ranging from fried rice (sautéed with minced pork, egg, and onions), Dan Zai Noodle (springy noodles topped with meat broth, flavorful sauce and fresh shrimp) and sweet oyster pancake. The famous Coffin Bread (crunchy thick toast filled with assorted fillings) is a must-try too!

 

Where to stay in Tainan

Tainan has plenty of historic, cultural and late night markets situated in close proximity. Here are some of the best hotels located nearby top attraction sites in Tainan. Be it a luxurious stay in a 5-star Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, best family stay in FX Hotel Tainan MinSheng Road branch or budget-friendly ECFA Hotel Tainan in Tainan, Hotels.com offers both quality and comfortable accommodation in Tainan, Taiwan.

 

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