What to do and see in Tainan, Taiwan: The Best Places and Tips

March 6, 2018 Mikaela Didonna

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.
Restaurants in Tainan

1. Chimei Museum

No 66, Sec. 2, Wenhua Rd., Rende Dist., Tainan 71755, Taiwan +886 6 266 0808
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Chimei Museum

The collection at Chimei Museum consists mainly of Western art, musical instruments, arms and armour, animal taxidermy and fossils, exhibiting approximately 4000 items, which is about one third of the complete Chimei collection. Founder Shi expressed that, “Good works of art are not to be kept just for oneself to enjoy, but to be shared with the public; and a good collection should not reflect jus

Reviewed By Chuang004 - Los Angeles, California

Entrepreneur Shi Wen-long, founder of Chi Mei Corporation (1960), began ChiMei Museum (奇美博物館) in 1992 located inside the Corporation Building. ChiMei Museum is the largest private museum/art institute in Taiwan.
Its collection is divided into five categories:
1. Western Art (European paintings & sculptures, etc.);
2. Musical instruments (violins, in particular);
3. Natural history;
4. Arms and armors (with a significant collections of ancient weapons: from prehistoric time, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age to modern times); and
5. Antiquities and artifacts.
The collection of antique violins (including those of Antonio Stradivarius, Guarneri del Gesù and Nicolo Amati) has been one of the largest in the world. All because of Shi himself is a dexterous violinist. ChiMei Museum collected 1,362 violins. More than 3,000 violinists, including celebrated Mr. Yo-Yo Ma, had borrowed more than 220 violins over the past decade from the Museum.
The current location of the Museum was in use since January 1, 2015.
As we walked thru the front entrance, we first saw Natural History & Fossils Exhibit (which may have the largest collection of animal specimens) on the right and Arms and Armour on the left (Japanese and European collections are plenty, but Chinese are very limited). Robin Gallery (displayed many interesting exhibitions) is at the end of Sculpture Hall. Upstairs, there are Musical Instruments Exhibit on the right (paraded an amazingly huge collection of violins. At 4-session a day, a band of mechanical musical instruments would perform to 120 seated people. Through video, an orchestra would perform a concert at the beginning of the hour with a marvelous stereo sound). Fine Arts displayed on the left and at the end of the Sculpture Hall.
We enjoyed the Museum and its collections very much.

2. National Museum of Taiwan History

No.255, Section 1, Changhe Road, An'nan District, Tainan, Taiwan +886 6 356 8889
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4.5 based on 148 reviews

National Museum of Taiwan History

Reviewed By weiwei_sg - Singapore, Singapore

This is an excellent museum that provides an overview of Taiwan's history from prehistoric to present day. Naturally this is challenging given the politically charged topic but the museum does a commendable job. The displays are highly visual and interactive. There is also a good 3-D train ride into history that is very fun. While we were there, there was a great exhibition on Taiwanese culinary culture as well. A lovely way to spend a morning and know more about Taiwan.

3. Ten Drum Culture Village

No.326, Section 2, Wenhua Road, Rende District, Tainan 71755, Taiwan +886 6 266 2225
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4.5 based on 313 reviews

Ten Drum Culture Village

Reviewed By Eastwind1864 - Singapore, Singapore

The drum troop brought back the life of this old sugar factory... Attended their Sat night 8pm performance, thumbs up to all the performance artists. They really beat your hearts out. NT300 is for the performance if not will be the usual NT150 for entrance fee. Although this sugar factory stopped operation since 2003, 2nd life begin shortly when the Drum troop got the lease from the gov in 2005. Interesting place, great outdoor for family too.

4. Beehive Firecrackers

Tainan Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple, Tainan, Taiwan
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4.5 based on 99 reviews

Beehive Firecrackers

Reviewed By guesthousezoar - Tainan, Taiwan

Chinese New Year is the most wonderful time of the year, we HEARTILY LOVE IT!
Everyone is in great joy and high spirit expecting a coming new year. In traditional family, mothers and grandmas are busy running between markets and salons. They must make sure all the fishes, chickens, rice-cakes, dumplings, pork bellies are perfectly done and well set on the dinning tables, meanwhile their new hair-styles can be FIRM enough for the whole week. 
In this 1-week holiday you can have lots of fun. New Year Markets, Lantern Festival, Temples Celebrations etc. This year we decided to end our holiday by going into the Firecrackers storm!
Firecracker Festival is a unique celebration only takes place in a Tainan small town named Yanshui. Century ago the village was suffered from a severe plague. Local villagers therefore decided to hold an extraordinary ceremony, wishing that the bad luck could be expelled by huge amount of fireworks and crackers.
Decades passed, the plague is gone but tradition remains. Nowadays it becomes the most exciting and crazy festival during new year. Over millions of firecrackers are shot everywhere inside village. The villagers even have their own cracker shooters set at their front door. When the temple parade begins, villagers welcome the god with thousand shootings instead of prayers. People also believe their "dark matters" would go away if they hit by flying crackers. In one hand people are wearing helmet, thick coat and mask for protection, in other hand they are rushing into the cracker rain for blessing. 
Its quite safe actually, though it seems scary being hit by the fire snakes. There are instructions for "party dress-code" beforehand, or you can buy the whole out-fit from local stores during the event. 
Its our first time attending the festival. It is an extraordinary experience watching over millions of fire snakes flying in dark. Everyone is dancing jumping. As our friend says "we are in fireworks' rock n roll!"
Firecracker Storm is a MUST-SEE for anyone who wants to feel the city's dynamic. You will never regret!

5. Guanziling Hot Spring

Guanziien, Baihe Township, Tainan, Taiwan
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4.5 based on 160 reviews

Guanziling Hot Spring

Reviewed By Mayonaka - New York City, New York

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 pool, outdoor hot spring area (5 hot pools + 2 cold pool + 1 dipping pool), indoor spa pool, a fish pedicure spa, and an indoor facility with slimming equipments and face masks. Shower/change rooms on the 2nd floor and lockers free for use. Don't bring your flip flops because you need to walk around barefoot. But do bring towels to avoid paying rental fee.
Enjoy!

6. National Cheng Kung University

No.1 Daxue Road, Tainan, Taiwan +886 6 275 7575
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4.5 based on 154 reviews

National Cheng Kung University

Reviewed By da_barty - Tainan, Taiwan

Located directly at the back-side of Tainan train station this is worth some strolling around. The Kuang-Fu Campus has many big old (banyan) trees and some historic buildings, which were erected as Japanese army base, just over a century ago. In and around the student activity center you will find youngsters practicing various sports, dance and music; which I consider as amazing Performances to watch at, especially in evenings. By surprise, you’ll find the campus also busy during the weekends as the (famous) banyan garden functions as a city park for picnics and wedding photo-shoots. Li-Hsing Campus (north of Kuang-Fu) has more historic Japanese buildings, as well as a hyper-modern super sustainable building; the Magic Building of Green Technologies. The Cheng Kung Campus (East of Kuang-Fu) is as a gorgeous park. South of Kuang-Fu you’ll find the students ‘food-street’; a street with every meter another cheap shop for foods.

7. National Museum of Taiwan Literature

No.1 Zhongzheng Road,Zhongxi District, Tainan, Taiwan +886 6 221 7201
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4 based on 216 reviews

National Museum of Taiwan Literature

Reviewed By Kemet J - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I did not know that the Taiwanese aboriginals had literature until I went to does museum. Also featured is how Taiwan in literature has been influenced by China and Japan. And it even has modern literature too.

8. Anping Tree House

No.106-108 Gubao Street, Anping District, Tainan, Taiwan +886 6 391 3901
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4 based on 864 reviews

Anping Tree House

Reviewed By Maryann T - Hong Kong, China

We visited the tree house and it’s neighbourhood on a busy Chinese New Year Long holidays which was just not the best time to visit anywhere - long line, lots of tourists, jammed traffic and slow moving
My kids however enjoyed the tree house regardless and the outdoor musical concert and interactions with the street performers
The drinks at the Tree House is significantly more expensive that drinks elsewhere in Tainan a tourist premium was applied (nowhere close to purchase elsewhere)
Would recommend to visit the Tree House avoiding public holidays - too popular of a site for tourists

9. Wusanto Reservoir

No.68-2 Jia'nan Village,Guantian Town, Tainan, Taiwan +886 6 698 2103
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4.5 based on 109 reviews

Wusanto Reservoir

Reviewed By hiroakit742

烏山頭水庫といえば八田与一さん。
烏山頭水庫に自力で行くのはちょっと大変です。
まずは台鐵で新営站まで移動します。そこから新営客運の公車に乗り六甲の町へ。そこからは公共交通はなくなります。3kmほど離れていますよ。徒歩しかありません。TAXIを拾えればラッキーです。
でも、烏山頭水庫に着けば感動があるでしょう。八田与一さんの記念公園もできております。ダムの近くには八田さんの銅像もあり。
また、公園とは違う八田さんのことが判る記念室もあります。
妻の外与樹さんのことは、事実を知ればちょっと切なくなるかな。
いいところです。
Yoichi Hatta Speaking of head water depot Osan.
Is to go on their own to Osan head water box is a little much.
First, it moves to the new 営站 in TaiTetsu. From there to the Rokko of town ride on public vehicles of new 営客 luck. Public transportation is no longer from there. We away about 3km. There is only walk. If Hiroere the TAXI is lucky.
But, there will be impressed if put in Osan head water depot. Yoichi Hatta's Memorial Park we can also. In the vicinity of the dam is also a bronze statue of Mr. Hatta.
In addition, there is also a Memorial Room that it can be seen that of Hatta's different from the park.
Kana thing's outside Azukaki wife, becomes a little sad knowing the facts.
Good is the place

10. Hayashi Department Store

No.63 Section 2, Zhongyi Road, Zhongxi District, Tainan 700, Taiwan +886 6 221 3000
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4 based on 627 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 Joseatstheworld - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

When you have e haunted yourselves from the endless temples and their incense smoke. This place offers a good respite and provide a little distraction for your senses. There are some craft stalls and a nostalgic stores in the ground flood selling traditional food items and some souvenirs. Don’t expect to be thrown off your feet though.

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