Top 10 Things to do in Tainan, Taiwan

One of Taiwan's oldest cities and the former capital, Tainan is a modern city of commerce and trade, history and culture. It is also a religious center, with more than a thousand temples (including Taiwan’s first Confucian temple) plus frequent festivals and parades. Visit Guohua Street to sample Taiwanese specialties and local markets. Discover Taiwan’s people and past at The National Museum of History. Chimei Museum includes beautiful gardens and a private collection of art and musical instruments.

1. Nanyuan Garden Resort Farm

No.25 Nanhu, Guoyili, Liuying District, Tainan, Taiwan Sights & Landmarks, Farms
Excellent
41%
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49%
Satisfactory
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4 based on 17 reviews

Nanyuan Garden Resort Farm

Reviewed By Sheue - Singapore, SingaporeSingapore, Singapore

Outdoor fun for kids

We went in a group of 12, 4 adults and 8 kids age 7 to 16. We stayed 3 nights in the chalet styled rooms which is quite old and beds were very hard but still clean. Even though weather is cool but there were still some mosquitoes. Have to be prepared but

2. Snail Street

No. 1, Ln. 97, Sec. 2, Yongfu Rd., West Central Dist, Tainan 700, Taiwan Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Excellent
44%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
21%
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4 based on 14 reviews

Snail Street

Reviewed By CWU - Aachen, GermanyAachen, Germany

you can take a walk but it is not a must in Tainan

We took a small walk on the snail street because our hotel was nearby. There are little artworks here and there to discover. There are constantly residents riding motorcycles passing by so be careful when you explore this area. To be honest where I grew u

3. Tsaoshan Moonscape Scenic Area

Caoshan Vil., Zuozhen Dist., Tainan, Taiwan Nature & Parks, National Parks
Excellent
21%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
14%
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3.5 based on 14 reviews

Tsaoshan Moonscape Scenic Area

Reviewed By 467ryany - Tainan, TaiwanTainan, Taiwan

Stunning Sunrise

This place is popular with local photographers for it's stunning landscape at sunrise. I went as early as an hour before sunrise and was surprise at the crowd already. Spring season is the best time to view the sunrise rising over a foggy, jagged landscap

4. Hayashi Department Store

No.63 Section 2, Zhongyi Road, Zhongxi District, Tainan 700, Taiwan Shopping, Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Department Stores, Architectural Buildings More
Excellent
34%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
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4 based on 847 reviews

Hayashi Department Store

The Department Store That Inaugurated An Age of Fashion in the 1930s--Hayashi Department Store On December 5th, 1932, Hayashi Department Store opened and thus a modern age of Taiwanese culture began. The decade of 1930s was the start point of modern civilization in Taiwan. As the electric lamps, telephone, and water supply lines popularized, symbols of civilization such like the airplane and motor vehicles flooded into Taiwan. The cafés were becoming the fad of the day, as well as pop culture, movies, phonographs and jazz music. People´s mentality was opening up, and freewill dating was taking over arranged marriages, while dresses was replacing kimonos and Westernized education was popularizing. This was Taiwan in the 1930s. In 1932, Columbia Records Company released the eponymous theme song for a movie in Taiwanese "Peach Blossom Weeps Tears of Blood". In 1933, Teng Yu-hsien's popular song "Viva Tonal: The Dancing Age" helped to launch the first pop music singer Sun-sun (born Lau Tsing-hiong or Lau Chheng-hoing,1914-43) in Taiwan. In the same year Teng wrote and published three classic Taiwanese songs "Bang Chhun-Hong(Looking for the Spring Breeze)", "U ia hue(Flower in the Rainy Night)"and "Guat-ia Tshiu(Sadness in a Moony Night)". As the Pacific War broke out, the final waltz in the Dancing Age of Taiwanwas played. And so the Hayashi Department Store ended its brief yet splendid rendezvous with Tainan. 【The Founder of Hayashi Department Store: Hayashi Houichi】 Hayashi Department Store (ハヤシ百貨) was known to the Tainan people as "The Five-Stories-House"(Gō͘-chàn-lâu-á). It was founded by Japanese businessman Hayashi Houichi. Born in a village in the mountains of Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan on February 6th, 1883, Hayashi lost his parent in his childhood, and was raised by his uncle and aunt. After their death, he grew up on his own means with his brothers and sisters. In 1902, at the tender age of 19, he left the village and entered the Sanyou Railway Company, and left the company 6 years later to start his own delivery company. Still at a tender age, Hayashi wrapped up his company in April, 1912 and came to Tainan the same year to try his luck. Fortunately, he found a mentor in Baba Tokujirou, the owner of Nichikichi Gofukuya, a traditional attire shop, who gave Hayashi a job as bookkeeper in the shop. Hayashi learned about the market, and with his vision and ability, he opened a little shop in Baba's residence, located at Oomiyachou Icchoume Nibannchi (Now the street corner across Quanmei Cinema). Two other shops followed and Hayashi made his first fortune. Investing in four other companies, Hayashi eventually accumulated enough capital to found Hayashi Department Store. The Department Store formally opened on December 5th., 1932, just days after the first department store in Taiwan, Kikumoto Department Store, also known as The Seventh Heaven, opened in Taipei City. Thus Hayashi Department Store became the second large department store in Taiwan, as well as the largest department store in southern Taiwan. Unfortunately, Hayashi himself fell ill days before, and passed away in Taipei on December 10th, 1932. Early January in 2013, Hayashi's second daughter-in-law, Hayashi Chieko and her family came from Japan to visit the Hayashi Department Store. This was the first time a Hayashi family's member entered the building after 80 years. Pale and Lackluster Years After WWII (1945~2013) After the WWII ended in the Pacific in 1945, Hayashi Department Store, damaged by air raids during the war, was transformed into offices by Taiwan Salt Factory and the "Salt Police". The top floor was used for anti-aircraft warfare. In 1977, the Salt Police was transformed into the Third Special Police Corps, and the building was mostly occupied by Taiwan Salt Company, which eventually moved its office to the current Jiankang Road site. Only until 1998 Hayashi Department Store was classified as a Municipal Heritage Site, and the ownership was transferred to the Tainan City Government. Restoration was completed in 2013. A Newborn Sprout in the Spring (2013) After the restoration was completed in 2013, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Tainan City Government launched a bid for outsourcing of the management right and after an open bidding selection, Focus (Koche Development Company) won the bid. After 81 years, Hayashi Department Store will welcome a renaissance as Tainan Cultural Creative Department Store, becoming a window towards a New Modern Age in Tainan, and telling new stories of a newborn sprout of spring. So the New Life Movement has begun in Tainan.

Reviewed By camsean - Chengdu, ChinaChengdu, China

Beautifully Preserved Heritage

Dating from the Japanese era, this was the second department store in the whole of Taiwan. Remarkably, almost all of its period details have survived. Now thoroughly restored, this building is a beautiful but understated example of 1920s architecture and

5. Anping Harbor

Tainan, Taiwan Other
Excellent
15%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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3.5 based on 26 reviews

Anping Harbor

Reviewed By ah tee s - Singapore, SingaporeSingapore, Singapore

Clean and modern

In terms of sophistication, Anping Harbor pales in comparison with the Singapore Harbor. But compare with other historical harbors like Melaka and Hoi Ann that I visited, Anping Harbor is relatively modern and clean. Anping Harbor can be said to be the cr

6. Guanziling Hot Spring

Guanziien, Baihe Township, Tainan, Taiwan Nature & Parks, Hot Springs & Geysers
Excellent
45%
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4.5 based on 175 reviews

Guanziling Hot Spring

Reviewed By cindywZ7464ME - New York City, New YorkNew York City, New York

Day trip to Kings Garden Villa

We came here for day trip only. During my research, Kings Garden Villa was the most popular resort with public access to the hot spring. You can get the latest admission info on the hotel website.The property was well maintained with an outdoor swimming p

7. Laotanghu Art House

No. 49-26 Meifeng, 7 Lin Feihe Road, Xuejia District, Tainan 726, Taiwan Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
Excellent
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4 based on 7 reviews

Laotanghu Art House

Reviewed By sunl29 - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

worth a visit

spent 45mins -1hour drive to this place. but this place is small where you could just spend 30mins to complete your visit.worth a visit though!u could rent traditional clothes and match with the photogenic scenes here!

8. Anping Tree House

No.106-108 Gubao Street, Anping District, Tainan, Taiwan Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
Excellent
37%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 961 reviews

Anping Tree House

Reviewed By neilhassall - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

Unique - like a cross between Angkor Wat / Ta Prohm and an abandoned warehouse

I loved visiting the Anping Tree House site purely because it was so unique and unlike anything I'd seen before. Kind of a cross between the Angkor Wat ruins (esp Ta Prohm) and an abandoned warehouse, exploring the caverneous overgrown complex is such a d

9. Dueiyuemen

Xinyi St., West Central Dist, Tainan, Taiwan Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 18 reviews

Dueiyuemen

Reviewed By Janine N - Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan

Cute gate, and nice little area

There was a small market in this area which we enjoyed. The streets were very clean, and there were some cute cafes.

10. National Museum of Taiwan Literature

No.1 Zhongzheng Road,Zhongxi District, Tainan, Taiwan Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
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4 based on 259 reviews

National Museum of Taiwan Literature

Reviewed By vajragururinpoche - Yilan, TaiwanYilan, Taiwan

Taiwanese Literature all in One Place

Taiwanese literature differs from the traditional Chinese literature, and because the use of Taiwanese and being colonized by Japan for 50 years, Taiwanese literature has a different taste than the Chinese counterpart.Chiang kai-shek banned the use of Tai

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