Yanshui District in Tainan used to be located in an important transportation hub with many merchant ships calling here for trade.
After hundreds of years of prosperity, the hustle and bustle of today no longer exist.
However, the traces of that time have not been erased and can still be explored through the alleyways.
僑南老街 | Qiaonan Street
When you walk into the street, the government and merchants’ busy noise gathered hundreds of years ago is gone, only to hear the sound of the clanging from afar, from the oldest remaining blacksmith’s shop in Taiwan, which has a history of over 200 years.
The most distinctive feature of the old street is the mixed-use buildings.
Entering the buildings, you could see the overhangs of storefronts for sheltering clients from the rain and the rectangular stairwells above the stores.
Beiti temple, the local religious center, features a gate painted with heavenly and earthly dragons, which is unique.
What’s more? You can make a reservation with Tanghulu to make your own Tanghulu, a popular candied fruit snack, across the temple.
How to get there? Qiaonan street, Yanshuei District, Tainan | 台南市鹽水區橋南街
八角樓 | Yanshui Octagonal Pavilion
The wooden mansion, built in 1847, was commissioned by the Yeh family, a wealthy sugar merchant trader, to be built in Taiwan.
The wooden structure is all made of Chinese fir, and the doors while windows, pillars and beams are connected with joints.
Also, a large number of partition doors are used to adorn the walls.
Inside the house, there are many historical photos, architectural structures, and historical materials from the time where you can still feel the grandeur of the time.