14 Best Things To Do In Tainan, Taiwan

What are some of the best things to do in Tainan, Taiwan?

After all, Taiwan is an island that is filled with an abundance amount of things to do.

From the lively culture to the delicious food to even the historic attractions. There is definitely something here for everybody to see and do.

However, there is just one problem.

When most people talk about Taiwan, they are really only talking about one place. That place being the capital city of Taiwan which is Taipei.

When most people come to visit Taiwan, they only visit that one city. Hardly anybody ever goes out of their way and visits the other cities that Taiwan has to offer.

Which I found to be very sad.

Many cities besides Taipei offer their own unique attractions and scenery that will blow your minds away.

One such city is Tainan.

Tainan is a very popular historic destination where you can find all kinds of culture and history all throughout the city. Although it may be small in size, it is considered to be the oldest city on the island.

It’s nickname is the “the City of the Phoenix” because it constantly bounces back from disaster. So it’s to be expected that many of the historic sites have most likely been destroyed and rebuilt here in this city.

Now if you are wondering what there is to do in this amazing city, you are in luck.

In this post, I will talk about the 14 best things you can see and do here in the city of Tainan.

So if you are ready, lets get started!

Things To Do In Tainan, Taiwan

In no particular order, here are the best things to do in Tainan, Taiwan.

Great South Gate

Great South Gate

There are two great gates left in Tainan City from the time in which the city was protected by walls. The Great East Gate and the Great South Gate.

The Great South Gate is part of the remains of the city’s old defenses. It is also one of the more photogenic spots in the city.

One interesting aspect about the South Gate is that it has 2 layered defense. Taken from the inspiration of the Great Wall of China, the outer gate leads to thee courtyard in front of the main gate. Making any attackers easy targets.

Great East Gate

Great East Gate

There are two great gates left in Tainan City from the time in which the city was protected by walls. The Great East Gate and the Great South Gate.

The Great East Gate is one of Tainan’s most iconic landmarks. Being first built around 1725, this amazing structure lights up in the evenings which makes it look like the city’s own version of Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

The gate itself has a pretty decent history with the gatehouses added in 1736. It was then further expanded in 1788 when the wooden walls were fortified with cement and bricks.

Koxinga Ancestral Shrine

Koxinga Ancestral Shrine

The Koxinga Shrine is a unique shrine as it is dedicated to a general of the Ming Dynasty, Koxinga.

This general was responsible for removing the Dutch out of Taiwan back in 1661 and than rose to power to rule the island for a short while. This shrine was built in 1663 to honor him.

Inside the center of the shrine’s main hall, you can find a statue of Koxinga standing in the center. You’ll also find tablets listing each generation of his ancestors.

Overall a pretty unique shrine to visit.

Beiji Temple

Beiji Temple

Beiji temple which is also known as the Arctic Palace or the North Pole Palace, is home to the Emperor of the Mysterious Heaven.

This temple is known for its beautiful decorative woodwork, bells and paintings done by the local artists of the city. Many of which are considered to be important treasures of the city.

Chihkan Tower

Chihkan Tower

Chihkan Tower is another fort that is located in the city of Tainan. It was built by the Dutch in 1653.

This tower is located near many amazing restaurants which have made this place one of the most popular places to visit. You can even go to the top of the tower get a panoramic view of the city of Tainan.

Confucius Temple

Confucius Temple

The Confucius Temple which was built around 1665 is one of the oldest shrines located in the entire region of Taiwan.

It is at this temple where you can find many Confucian texts written in beautiful calligraphy. This is also the reason why the temple is called another name, “The Scholarly Temple”.

They also hold quite a number of Confucian ceremonies here as well.

Overall a great place to learn some history and culture of the area.

Anping Fort

Anping Fort

Amping Fort is the oldest fort in Taiwan. It was built by the Dutch sometime around the 1600’s and was called Fort Zeelandia. It played a very important part in policing and protecting the international trade within the region.

However, that was the past.

The fort has now become a popular museum showcasing many of the achievements and things the fort once did. Not only that, but the area surrounding the fort becomes a lively market where you can go and buy things during the weekends.

Dehua Hall

Dehua Hall

This temple originally dates from 1837, but has since been renovated many times.

The temple is one of two remaining in Taiwan that belong to the Longhua Sect of Buddhism. This one is dedicated to worshiping Guan Yin.

It is also in pretty close proximity to the Koxinga Shrine and the Confucius Temple.

Guan Gong Temple

Guan Gong Temple

Also known as the “God of War Temple”, it is a temple dedicated to the God of War. This temple is one of the most well preserved historic temple in all of Taiwan. It was built during the Ming Dynasty around the middle of the 1600’s.

Many of the traditions are still done today with artists and poets gathering around the plum tree that was planted back in the 17th century.

Not only that, but many devotees can visit in hopes of getting their prayers answered.

Lady Linshui Temple

Lady Linshui Temple

Lady Linshui Temple is one of the oldest and most significant temples in Tainan. It was built around 1736 as a dedication to the goddess of fertility and birth.

No other temples in the city has as many depictions of women as this temple.

Tainan Park

Tainan Park

Tainan Park is the perfect place for anybody to unwind and relax.

There are quite a few things located here too that you can see and do. From a music hall to a library to even an amphitheater.

Many people from all over come to this park to relieve their stress and have some fun. It is also a popular spot where old people can come and play chess or do some tai-chi.

Taijiang National Park

Taijiang National Park

The Taijiang National Park is a beautiful park located around the Qigu River.

Some highlights of this area are the Green Tunnel formed by the mangrove swamps as well as a boatride around the wetlands of Sicao are just some of the things you can do here in this area.

Not just that, but it also provides quite a few walking paths for you to roam around and sight see.

Tainan City Sports Park

Tainan City Sports Park

If you want to play some sports, there is no place better than the Tainan City Sports Park. This park spans about 52 hectares near the Tainan Airpot.

It is here where you can find a variety of things to do. From badminton to skateboarding to even basketball and many other sports.

It is a perfect place for you to relax and unwind as well as having some fun.

Golden Beach

Golden Beach

Golden Beach is the largest beach in all of Tainan City. It stretches about 50 meters wide and 4 km long.

Many people from all over come to this beach for some fun in the sun. For instance, soccer and beach volleyball are pretty popular activities here.

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Overall the city of Tainan is a pretty fun place to visit.

Just looking at this list, there are a ton of amazing and fun things for anyone to see and do. Although most of the list is filled with temples, they still provide a sense of culture and history to anybody wanting to see them.

So hopefully this list will inspire people to travel to other cities in Taiwan besides just the capital.

Also, if you are planning to visit Taiwan anytime soon, you might also be interested in some of my other Taiwan posts.

Or you can check out my complete list of things to do in Taiwan by clicking here.

Let me know how your trip goes!