【Former Tait & Co. Merchant House】
Anping was one of the harbor in Taiwan which was opened for international trade. Trading company Tait & Company constructed the building in 1867 as their merchant house. During the Japanese rule, the building housed a salt company. After the handover of Taiwan from Japan to the Republic of China in 1945, the building became the office of Tainan Salt Works. In 1979, the building was transformed into a museum with the upper floor became the Taiwan Development Wax Museum.
Tainan Anping Fort (aka Fort Zeelandia) is an ancient fort in Tainan City that was a fortress built over ten years from 1624 to 1634 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC), in the town of Anping. The fort sits right next to Anping Old street, making it a great place to understand Taiwan’s culture and at the same time get some of the best snacking at the culinary capital of Taiwan.
Chihkan Tower (aka Fort Provintia) is the oldest building in Tainan’s West Central District, and along with Anping Fort Zeelandia, are two of Tainan’s most famous landmarks. Originally built as Fort Provintia in 1652 by the Dutch, the building set the tone as the location of the administrative center of Tainan, and has gone through numerous repairs and refurbishments over the past 300 years to give it its current appearance.
【Taiwan’s oldest Confucian Temple】
Tainan Confucius Temple was Taiwan’s first Confucian temple. It was established during the Kingdom of Tungning, a government founded by Koxinga between 1661 and 1683 as part of a loyalist movement to restore the Ming Dynasty. The temple was also known as the First Academy of Taiwan, and served as a vanguard for Confucianism in Taiwan while gaining a reputation for cultivating intellectuals. At the entrance to the temple stands a dismounting stele. The oldest and best-preserved dismounting stele of the four remaining in Taiwan, it was placed at the entrance on imperial orders in 1687, bestowing legitimacy upon the academy. The presence of the stele also represents respect for Confucius.
【Lin Department Store (Hayashi Department Store) 】
One of the notable buildings in Tainan, Lin’s Department Store has seen better days. During the 1930s it was the premiere department store in Tainan. This art deco department store from the 1930s has been so beautifully restored that it’s worth going in just to ascend the sweeping staircase, peer through the geometrical window openings, and have a ride on the grandma lift with the dial floor indicator. There’s even a viewing deck on the top floor where you’ll find a Shinto shrine and evidence of the damage it suffered during WWII.
Detail: A licensed English-speaking guide, coach bus transportation, admissions to all activities on itinerary, travel insurance and lunch.
Exclusions: Gratuity and any optional activities not on itinerary.