Tainan is the oldest city of Taiwan, it was the island’s capital for 200 years under the Dutch, Koxinga and the Qing Dynasty rule. The city is also known as “the Phoenix City” because of its history of renewals. Tainan is also very rich in culture including the famous local street food, traditional cuisine and rich folk culture, extensively preserved Taoist rites and other living local traditions covering everything from child birth to funerals. There you’ll find the first Confucian school–temple in Taiwan, built in 1665, the remains of the Eastern and Southern gates of the old city, and countless other historical monuments. Tainan claims more Buddhist and Taoist temples than any other city in Taiwan.
Tainan is a great choice if you are into history because you’ll see a lot of what the Dutch, the Spanish, the Chinese and the Japanese left during their rule. Tainan is also more laid back than busy Taipei, the city also has less foreigners so you’ll fully imerse in Taiwanese culture.
- Things to do in Tainan