Welcome to Tainan, the oldest city of Taiwan. Here
you'll find the oldest public school, which is housed
inside the oldest Confucius Temple or “kongmiao,”
on the island.
I want to take you on a walking tour today. But we
can cheat a little and take the Taiwan Tourist Shuttle,
88 Anping Route part of the way.
We're at Tainan Train Station and Confucius Temple
Taiwan Tourist Shuttles are great, they take you to
tourist attractions. If you don't know where you want
to go, get a brochure and figure it out on the bus.
This is Confucius Temple, which has a three-star Michelin
Green Guide rating, which means you probably don’t
want to miss it.
Tainan was once a Dutch colony used for trade, but
after Koxinga, a Chinese official, drove them out
in 1661, the Chinese government decided to develop
the area. To foster culture and education, they built
this Confucian temple and schoolhouse in 1665.
Schoolhouses were often attached to Confucian temples.
This school was more like a college or a graduate
Now we’re headed for “Shennong Jie,” Shennong Street,
where it’s especially nostalgic at night. The area
was kind of like Venice, where there are canals that
people went up and down in small boats.
This are used to be a very busy business district,
but now it’s developing into a quiet, cafe, artsy
sort of area. Might not seem like much during the
day, but makes for a nice after dinner stroll.
Tainan is one of those places that I keep coming back
to. It keeps reinventing itself, but bringing back
some of the history which has been lost. The wonderful
thing about traveling here is that most of the places
you’d want to go are within walking distance, and
with the tourist shuttle bus, you can save time and
go even further. I love Tainan and you might too.
You should come.