Tainan: The Historical and Cultural Heart of Taiwan
Collected by Matt Gibson, AFAR Local Expert
Historical Tainan is the former capital of Taiwan, the island’s oldest city, and the heart of traditional Taiwanese culture. The city is home to several of the island's oldest and most famous temples—most notably the Confucius Temple—and is the destination of frequent pilgrimages. Tainan is also known for its deep-rooted food culture. There visitors will find some of the most traditional Taiwanese dishes, which can’t be found anywhere else.
713, Taiwan, Tainan City, Zuozhen District, 南162鄉道
“Caoshan Moonworld is a chalky Badlands tucked in the southern part of Tainan’s Zuozhen District. This outlandish terrain of roughly eroded, razor-sharp ridges and limited vegetation is rarely mentioned in guidebooks because it is relatively hard...
708, Taiwan, 台南市安平區華平里
During a recent trip to Taiwan, my husband, who is English, asked me why the Taiwanese--unlike Americans--don't seem to suffer high rates of peanut allergies. The question came up as I was scarfing down peanut brittle. Good point. Peanut is a...
704, Taiwan, Tainan City, North District, 台南市北區
Night markets are a quintessential Taiwan experience. Young couples, families, retirees, and swarms of teenagers descend upon these markets to graze, gossip, flirt, play, and graze some more. Lately, the ones in Taipei have been over-run by...
720, Taiwan, Tainan City, Guantian District, 66號
Tainan National University of the Arts has a beautiful lush campus set in a relatively rural region. There is a fairly large population of international visiting professors each semester. Campus highlights include a cafeteria with surprisingly...
Tainan City, Taiwan
Golden Beach is the largest beach within Tainan City limits in the southwest of the city. It's a popular place for beach activities, recreational anglers and swimmers, and is home to the Tainan Kite Surfing Club. The beach is around 50 meters wide...
Lane 35, Guosheng Road, Anping District, Tainan City, Taiwan 708
Fort Anping (also known as Fort Zeelandia), located in the town of Anping in Tainan, Taiwan, is a fortress that was built over ten years from 1624 to 1634 by the Dutch Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie during its 38-year rule of the area. Fort...
No. 47號, Zhongshan Road, Yanshui District, Tainan City, Taiwan 737
Taiwanese people are quite fond of fireworks, but there is a Taiwanese festival that takes this affinity to the extreme. The Yenshui Fireworks Festival (also called Beehive Festival) is held annually on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar...
No. 1號, Zhongzheng Road, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
Founded on Oct. 17, 2003, the National Museum of Taiwan Literature is the first national museum in Taiwan dedicated to the literary arts. Prior to its opening as the museum in 2003, the museum housed the Tainan Prefectural Government. The building...
Lane 370, Gongyuan South Road, North District, Tainan City, Taiwan 704
The Armory is a popular expat bar located in Tainan City, Taiwan. Once upon a time, an army post sat behind the building, hence its name. A few pieces of the old post can be found in the bar's interior. The Armory is a popular hangout for people...
716, Taiwan, 台南市南化區小崙
Tourists in Tainan might go bananas for Monkey Mountain - also known as Wufonshan (Five-Peak Mountain), located on the borders of the Nanhua District in Tainan City and Neimen in Kaohsiung City. The area has become a natural reserve and is home to...
No. 2號, Nanmen Road, West Central District, Tainan City, Taiwan 700
This historical site was Taiwan's first academy, built in 1655, for the purpose of continuing classical Chinese teachings and training civil servants on the island, which was at political odds with Mainland China. The building is prized for it's...
741, Taiwan, 台南市善化區西衛
The Oyster Omelet is perhaps one of Taiwan's most famous delicacies and can be found in night markets throughout Taiwan. The omelet is made with fresh oysters and a batter of potato, sweet potato starch, and green vegetables. It's topped off with...
The Guanziling Hot Springs (關子嶺) are located in the foothills of the mountains of Taiwan, about 70 km northeast of Tainan City. These hot springs produce a fine, silty mud which is found in only three places in the world. It's said to be...
732, Taiwan, Tainan City, Baihe District, 關仔嶺風景區
The flames on top of this pool of water are said to have been burning for more than 300 years, and were started by and earthquake that opened a fissure in the earth releasing natural gas into the bottom of the pool. The phenomenon is definitely...
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