It was built in 1655 in memory of Confucius and with the hope to keep Confucianism alive in the country. The construction of the temple was done to the order of Chen Yung-Hua, the son of Koxinga who was the arch commander of the Ming Troops of Ming Dynasty. The temple was then named as the Hsien-Shih Sheng-Miao or the Holy Temple of the Great Teacher. [Read more…]
To Tarry in Tainan
Taiwan as a whole is a lovely country, but even within it, there are some sites that stand out in particular as the sorts of places travelers would be likely to tarry in. Tainan is just such a place. This historic location was once the country’s capital and is also its oldest city. As such, it is one of the best places for experiencing Taiwanese culture in its modern incarnation while also staying close to its roots.
Tainan’s rich cultural heritage manifests not just in the profusion of national museums and art-related sights within it but also in everyday life. For instance, this has long been dubbed by fellow Taiwanese as the “City of Snacks”. Many great traditional Taiwanese delicacies and foods hail from here, and the general consensus is that they are never as cheap, as authentic, or as good as when they are made in Tainan. This is another reason travelers love the city, by the way. After all, for most tourists, cheap and good food is a valuable thing.
But Tainan’s heritage is not just found in cuisine or the arts: it exists in wood and stone too, manifest in the coastal forts and dozens upon dozens of religious shrines within its boundaries. The first Taoist and Confucian temples in Taiwan are found here, and there are few other cities in the country too that can rival Tainan’s number and extravagance of religious festivals.
Tainan has many other delights besides those traditionally linked to cultural tourism, of course. Good shopping can be had here due to its status as a modernized city, and the biggest night market in Taiwan is found here too (the Flower Night Market). There are superb hotels and resorts to be found whether in the metropolis proper or outside of it (such as at the hot springs of Guanziling ). In short, tourists are unlikely to run out of things to do or see in Tainan, which puts it up there among the best tourist draws in the country.
Also known as the Fort Provintia, the Chihkan Tower is a famous landmark in Tainan. It is one of the most important structures in Tainan, redolent of the rich history of the city, which was the capital of Taiwan during the imperial times.
Built in 1653, the Fort Provintia was used as the administrative center by the Dutch during their 38-year colonization of Taiwan. But when the Dutch were defeated by the Japanese in 1662, the tower was used by Koxinga, the arch commander of the Ming Troops of Ming Dynasty. The tower then became the government’s seat of power and its name was changed to “Mansion Bestowed by Heaven”. [Read more…]
A world-class private museum, the Chimei Museum is billed as the best museum not just in Tainan-a historical city in the South of Taiwan-but also in the whole country. With a huge collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture, musical instruments, arms and armor and other objects from the past, the museum is definitely a must-visit in Tainan.
The museum first opened its doors to the public in 1997, even though the idea of one took shape long before the Chi Mei Cultural Foundation-the private organization maintaining and operating the museum-was founded. [Read more…]
Ask anybody from Tainan what they like doing on weekends and the majority of the answers you’ll receive will probably have to do with their hot springs. Hot springs in Tainan are one of the most popular hot springs in the whole of the country. Tainan is a city South of Taiwan known for many things, and one of those is the Guanzihling Hot Springs.
The Guanzihling Hot Springs is found at a foothill in Baihe District in Tainan. Just like the three other major hot springs in the country such as the hot springs in Beitou, in Yangminshan and in Sihchongsi, the Guanzihling receives a lot of visitors each year. [Read more…]
The culture and festivals in Tainan speak of the kind of people it has and the kind of place it is. Because Tainan, the old capital of Taiwan, is technically a city of China, it is rich in Chinese culture and festivals celebrated by its residents to commemorate their proud heritage.
But even though China and Taiwan share a lot of festivals, Tainan still has its own festivals as unique as itself. Thus, some of the festivities in Tainan are not celebrated in mainland China. The festivals in Tainan all portray the culture of the city, and explain the whys and wherefores of certain beliefs and practices of its people. If you want to learn more about Tainan and its people, witnessing some of their festivals is definitely a sure way of discovering their culture, beliefs and [Read more…]
The Anping Tree House has had most of its visitors thinking about the slumbering princess and the palace covered by briars and hedges that numerous sons of Kings and princes tried to cut down to get to the cursed Sleeping Beauty. Only, this is no palace under the thick growth of Banyan trees but an old warehouse of an old trading company in Tainan. And there’s no need to axe down the hedges either to see the insides of it. After being abandoned for many centuries, the Tree House has been restructured and opened in 2004 so that the public may see it at leisure.
Still, the similarities with the old fairytale do not end with the warehouse’s outside appearance. Much like the people in the Sleeping Beauty story, the locals of Tainan stayed away from the warehouse for many years because they believed that Banyan trees bring an evil curse too, and give bad luck to everyone who goes [Read more…]