Tainan was once the capital of Taiwan and the Anping District was at the center of the city.
Nowadays, the historical Anping District is a popular tourist attraction, containing many of the city’s most important buildings. If you’re visiting the ‘City of Snacks’ to experience the culinary capital of Taiwan, make sure you also visit the fascinating and ancient Anping District.
The importance of the historical sites in Tainan’s Anping District goes way beyond the architectural triumphs. They represent over 300 years of important history in Taiwan, including the Dutch Occupation, the Cheng Cheng-Kung period, the Qing era, and the Japanese Colonization Period.
So what should you visit on a trip to Tainan’s Anping District?
Anping Fort, formerly known as Fort Zeelandia, was built in 1624 by the Dutch when they occupied the area. The fort was used mainly as a trading port, until the Dutch were driven out of the country by Koxinya (Cheng Cheng-Gong) during the Qing dynasty
The building was severely damaged many times throughout history, and was finally reconstructed after the Japanese Colonization of Taiwan. The unique Dutch architecture has attracted many tourists to the site and the fort continues to be one of the most popular tourist sights in Tainan.
Anping Fort has since been updated for tourism with an exhibition hall and an Observatory Platform now in place.
Visit the Anping Fort from 8:30am to 5pm. Entrance fee is TWD$50.
Address: No.82, Guosheng Rd., Anping District, Tainan City
Eternal Golden Castle
The Eternal Golden Castle, otherwise known as the Anping Great Fort, was a defensive fort built in the 19th Century to resist Japanese invasions.
It was the first western style fort built in the area, and also had the first British Armstong Cannons in Taiwan (now imitations).
The fort is ranked as a first-degree historic site in Tainan and tourists flock to the site to enjoy time in the beautiful gardens and to walk among the castles’ historic walls and grand arched gate.
Visit the Eternal Golden Castle from 8:30am to 5pm. Entrance fee is TWD$50.
Address: No.3, Guangzhou Rd., Anping District, Tainan City
Anping Tree House
It’s no wonder that this former Tait & Co. warehouse is now known as the Anping Tree House. With giant banyan trees wrapping themselves around the building and seemingly growing from every crack and crevasse in the building, the result is otherworldly and hauntingly beautiful. In fact, the banyan trees’ consumption of the building has historically caused locals to stay away from the area, with traditional folklore claiming that the Anping Tree House is haunted.
Make sure to visit the Anping Tree House if you’re visiting the nearby Old Tait & Co. Merchant House. You will see nothing else like it on your travels.
Visit the Anping Tree House from 8:30am to 5pm. Entrance fee is TWD$50.
Address: No.194, Anbei Rd., Anping District, Tainan City
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
The beautiful Fort Provintia (or Chihkan Lou Tower) in Tainan’s Anping District was constructed by the Dutch during their occupation of Tainan in the 17th Century.
Looking at the building nowadays, there is a clear a mix of architectural influences including both Dutch and Chinese. Due to several damages caused to the building over the years, it was reconstructed with many Chinese style architectural characteristics added to the original Dutch style building.
Remarkably, the Chihkan Tower has survived through several intense eras in Taiwanese history, including the Ming Dynasty, Qing Dynasty and the Japanese Colonization Period.
Visit the Chihkan Tower from 8:00am to 5:30pm (until 9:30pm on Saturdays). Entrance fee is TWD$50.
Address: No.212, Sec. 2, Minzu Rd., West Central District, Tainan City
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This article is supported by China Airlines and the Taiwan Tourism Board.