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.
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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
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.
4.5 based on 148 reviews
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.
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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.
4.5 based on 99 reviews
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!
4.5 based on 160 reviews
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.
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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.
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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
4.5 based on 109 reviews
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
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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.
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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