As an ancient cultural city, Tainan is home to countless centuries-old historical monuments hidden in the streets and alleys.
In recent years, several historical buildings have been restored, rebuilt and successfully transformed into cultural and creative parks such as the “Blueprint Culture & Creative Park,” attracting countless visitors looking for #Instaworthy photos.
Here are three of the most popular spots to explore in Tainan in the summertime. Why not plan a trip right now and enjoy the beauty of the old southern city!
321巷藝術聚落｜321 Art Alley Settlement
Located in the North District of Tainan City, the 321 Art Alley Settlement has become one of the hottest spots for young people in recent years.
As a former military housing settlement, it was later turned into a dormitory for professors at National Cheng Kung University. Famous Taiwanese artist Guo Po-chuan (郭柏川) once lived in the settlement.
As you turn from the bustling Park Road into an alleyway, the quiet atmosphere contrasts with the city’s noise, as old red brick walls surround many of the old wooden Japanese houses along the alley.
The old houses have been transformed into exhibition venues for various art types, with artists moving in and out.
How to get there? | 地址：台南市公園路321巷｜How to get there? Lane 321, Gongyuan Road, North District, Tainan City, 704
旭峯號｜Hsu Feng Hao Old Building
Located next to the Kai-Lung Temple, “Hsu Feng Hao” (旭峯號) is among the top #Instaworthy spots in Tainan.
The 80-year-old building used to be a hardware store, but the owner retired and has rented the building to new business owners.
The building’s rustic appearance has been preserved, and an old sign at the entrance attracts many visitors to take photos.
Nowadays, the store is run by “Fresh Fruit,” which sells organic vegetables, fruit and light meals.
How to get there? | 台南市中西區中山路79巷6號｜No. 6, Lane 79, Zhongshan Road, West Central District, Tainan City, 700
永成戲院 | Yongcheng Theater
Tainan Yanshui Yongcheng Theater is the only remaining wooden Theater in Taiwan, and its appearance is still well preserved.
The Theater was listed as a historical building by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan (文化部) in 2019 and t is one of the must-see attractions in the Yanshui District.
Yongcheng Theater (永成戲院) originally opened for business in 1945, but in fact its forerunner was not even a theater. Rather it was run by Mr. Huang Zhi (黃直先生) as the Yongcheng Rice Mill (永成碾米廠).
During the Japanese Colonial era, the Huang Family Rice Mill was in a long-term co-operative relationship with the Japanese government, and it built up an extensive network of contacts among government officials and merchants.
As such, business flourished. The rice mill felt the effects of World War II and the Japanese withdrawing to Japan, and it suffered serious losses; ceasing to exist in its old state as a rice mill. Mr. Huang Zhi at this point took the steps to transform the site into a theater.
The Yongcheng Theatre used to be the largest theatre in Yanshui. However, due to the change in time, the theater closed in 2000.
In 2014, the theater was reopened after renovations by the Tainan City Government. Inside the theater, the cypress benches, vintage movie projectors and other cultural relics are still preserved, and also there are tour options.
It is now a space for arts and culture shows, including movies, puppet shows and opera.
開放時間：週三~週五13:30-17:30 ; 週六~週日09:30-17:30 ; 每週一、二全天休館｜Opening Hours Closed every Monday and Tuesday and on the day of the three main folk custom festivals
How to get there? | 地址：鹽水區月港里過港21號｜ How to get there? 737, Taiwan, Tainan City, Yanshui District