Guidebook for West Central District

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Guidebook for West Central District

Sightseeing
Cafes, art galleries, and fashion boutiques have flowered in the area. Think long, narrow, loft-like spaces in the former canal-side shophouses. Wedged among them are small shop-sized temples, traditional workshops and crumbling homes.
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Shennong Street
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Cafes, art galleries, and fashion boutiques have flowered in the area. Think long, narrow, loft-like spaces in the former canal-side shophouses. Wedged among them are small shop-sized temples, traditional workshops and crumbling homes.
Arts & Culture
This lively temple once served as the palace of Ning Jin, the last king of the Ming dynasty. Head to the back of the temple to see the 300-year-old Mazu statue, the shrine to Mazu's parents is in what used to be the king's bedroom.
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Tainan Grand Mazu Temple
18號 永福路二段227巷
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This lively temple once served as the palace of Ning Jin, the last king of the Ming dynasty. Head to the back of the temple to see the 300-year-old Mazu statue, the shrine to Mazu's parents is in what used to be the king's bedroom.
This is the first Confucian temple in Taiwan. A solemn Confucius Memorial Ceremony takes place here on 28 September yearly, and a smaller ceremony on the spring equinox, around 21 March. Entry to the temple grounds is free, but you must pay to enter the palace area. Look out for the stone tablet on the right as you enter the Edification Hall.
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台南孔子廟 Tainan Confucius Temple
2 Nanmen Rd
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This is the first Confucian temple in Taiwan. A solemn Confucius Memorial Ceremony takes place here on 28 September yearly, and a smaller ceremony on the spring equinox, around 21 March. Entry to the temple grounds is free, but you must pay to enter the palace area. Look out for the stone tablet on the right as you enter the Edification Hall.
Chimei Museum has an incredible collection of taxidermy, and a comprehensive collection of musical instruments from all over the world. Largest collection of violins worldwide! There are daily live classical music concerts, check the website for daily schedule.Beautiful grounds and manicured gardens, plan to spend a half day here.
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Chimei Museum
66號 Section 2, Wenhua Road
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Chimei Museum has an incredible collection of taxidermy, and a comprehensive collection of musical instruments from all over the world. Largest collection of violins worldwide! There are daily live classical music concerts, check the website for daily schedule.Beautiful grounds and manicured gardens, plan to spend a half day here.
Shopping
Hayashi was Tainan's first department store and Taiwan's second, when it opened in 1932. This art-deco department store has been beautifully restored. Do go inside just to ascend the sweeping staircase, peer through geometrical window openings, and have a ride on one of Taiwan's first electric lift with dial floor indicator. There's a viewing deck on the top floor where you'll find a Shinto shrine and evidence of the damage it suffered during the war.
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林百貨
63 Section 2, Zhongyi Rd
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Hayashi was Tainan's first department store and Taiwan's second, when it opened in 1932. This art-deco department store has been beautifully restored. Do go inside just to ascend the sweeping staircase, peer through geometrical window openings, and have a ride on one of Taiwan's first electric lift with dial floor indicator. There's a viewing deck on the top floor where you'll find a Shinto shrine and evidence of the damage it suffered during the war.
Food Scene
Set in a Japanese-era merchant's house, Chi Kin Dandanman is the place to try traditional dànzǐmiàn (擔仔麵). A simple dish that mixes noodles with a tangy meat sauce, Dànzǐ literally 'two baskets and a stick' referring to the baskets used to carry the noodles around for sale.
No. 180, Minzu Road
180 Minzu Road
Set in a Japanese-era merchant's house, Chi Kin Dandanman is the place to try traditional dànzǐmiàn (擔仔麵). A simple dish that mixes noodles with a tangy meat sauce, Dànzǐ literally 'two baskets and a stick' referring to the baskets used to carry the noodles around for sale.
A Xia Restaurant is somewhat of a local institution! An iconic restaurant to try more elaborate restaurant-type dishes such as the delectable steamed sticky rice with mud crab (紅蟳米糕; hóngxún mǐgāo), which you can't find in small restaurants.
No. 7, Lane 84, Section 2, Zhongyi Road
7 Lane 84, Section 2, Zhongyi Road
A Xia Restaurant is somewhat of a local institution! An iconic restaurant to try more elaborate restaurant-type dishes such as the delectable steamed sticky rice with mud crab (紅蟳米糕; hóngxún mǐgāo), which you can't find in small restaurants.
Beef soup (牛肉湯; niúròu tāng) is a Tainan speciality served as early as 4am for breakfast. One of the best places to savour the soup and the meat at its freshest is at A Cun Beef Soup, a streetside stall that has been feeding local bellies for more than four decades!
No. 41, Bao'an Road
41 Bao'an Road
Beef soup (牛肉湯; niúròu tāng) is a Tainan speciality served as early as 4am for breakfast. One of the best places to savour the soup and the meat at its freshest is at A Cun Beef Soup, a streetside stall that has been feeding local bellies for more than four decades!
Anping Bean Jelly's claim to fame is the bean jelly (bean curd; 豆花; dòuhuā) with tapioca or red beans. Only organic soybeans are used. There are a few branches in town but this flagship is the locals’ all-time favourite.
No. 433, Anbei Road
433 Anbei Road
Anping Bean Jelly's claim to fame is the bean jelly (bean curd; 豆花; dòuhuā) with tapioca or red beans. Only organic soybeans are used. There are a few branches in town but this flagship is the locals’ all-time favourite.
Parks & Nature
The remnants of an old salt storage facility that was abandoned for 60 years and overrun with Banyan trees. The constructed walkways allow for interesting views over the canal, and there is a cafe, gift shop and toilets on site.
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Former Tait & Co. Merchant House
108 Gubao Street
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The remnants of an old salt storage facility that was abandoned for 60 years and overrun with Banyan trees. The constructed walkways allow for interesting views over the canal, and there is a cafe, gift shop and toilets on site.
Guanziling hot springs is a mountainous area with many resort spas, restaurants and scenic venues. Resorts have a selection of thermal baths and some with mud baths!
Guanziling Hot Spring
Guanziling hot springs is a mountainous area with many resort spas, restaurants and scenic venues. Resorts have a selection of thermal baths and some with mud baths!