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  • My decision was correct, because there are not so many things to see, and the places I visited either are not very interesting or, apart from the history, similar to the spots in any other place in Taiwan
  • If you are not an architect or a historian, I think that you may skip this spot
  • Unfortunately there is no booklet that can give more information to the visitors
  • Taxi is expensive, but some drivers offer you on sharing basis with other passengers
  • If you have a limited time during in Taiwan, I suggest you to skip Tainan from your itinerary


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    Taiwan is not a very big country, so I planned to visit her four largest towns within 10 days from south to north, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taichung, and Taipei. Tainan is located some 30 minutes by local train from Kaohsiung, therefore I did not book any hotel but did a one-day tour from Kaohsiung instead. My decision was correct, because there are not so many things to see, and the places I visited either are not very interesting or, apart from the history, similar to the spots in any other place in Taiwan.

    The Old Tainan Magistrate is open to public and free. This two-storey western style old structure is now operated as a cafe. The building is small, a few rooms accommodate goods for sale. There is not many thing you will see. If you are not an architect or a historian, I think that you may skip this spot. I spent just 15 minutes there. The second spot is Mazu Temple. The history behind this temple is pretty interesting, but the interior and the exterior of the building are just like ordinary Chinese temple. No more. I tried to admire every corner but failed to do so and needed less than 30 minutes to complete. Admission is free. The third is Chihkan Tower. It is said that in the past it was used as a fortress. There are twin two-storey buildings surrounded by a nice garden. The twin buildings themselves accommodate an altar and an exhibition room. Unfortunately there is no booklet that can give more information to the visitors. Apart from the garden which is beautiful, this spot does not worth NTD 50 (1.70 dollars). The last place is the Eternal Golden Castle. I had been waiting the public bus from Chihkan Tower for more than 30 minutes, and another 20 minutes for the travel time. This spot has an empty yard the size of a soccer field beyond the gate. Apart from the gate itself which takes a form of a short tunnel, nothing else you can expect inside. It is very wasting time to visit it, and still you have to pay NTD 50 for the admission fee.

    There is no subway in Tainan. City buses seem to be the only affordable public transport. Bus route 88 is very important as it connects Tainan Railway Station to city center and also to the Eternal Golden Castle if you are still curious to visit it. Taxi is expensive, but some drivers offer you on sharing basis with other passengers. For this you need to pay around NTD 20 per person for a short journey.

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  • Old Tainan Magistrate. The building itself is pretty nice, but is not special. For the layman like I am, many other buildings with a similar design, though certainly not exactly the same, can be found elsewhere.

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  • Chihkan Tower. It is used to be a fortress. Unfortunately there is no further information either in printed or electronic version to help visitors to understand more about the history of this spot. The only positive point is that it is easily reached by public buses.

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  • Grand Mazu Temple. It is believed that it was built during the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644. It is so special because it has been renovated several times but it retains the same fundamental architectural features. Again it is just like an ordinary Chinese temple for the layman.

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  • Eternal Golden Castle. This name is too exaggerated for a simple empty square surrounded by strong fort walls. Because beyond the gate you will see an unkempt open space.

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  • Tainan City in front of Chihkan Tower. One of the busiest parts in Tainan.

    There are a number of towns along the west coast of Taiwan. Tainan is one of them. I spent one full day to explore Tainan and found nothing interesting in this city. Luckily I did not stay longer and did not book a hotel there either. If you have a limited time during in Taiwan, I suggest you to skip Tainan from your itinerary. I think this is the best advice I can give.



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