Green Guide Tainan
Welcome to TAIWAN, I am Poyu Lin
I love to travel,love wandering around Taiwan
In Tainan, there are five sites listed in the Michelin
Green Guide as three-star attractions …
Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple
Tainan Confucius Temple
Grand Matsu Temple
Today, we’re taking the Taiwan Tour Bus to see all
of them in one go!
A three-star rating in the “Michelin Green Guide”
means “highly recommended.” Our first stop on the
list is Chihkan Tower.
In 1653, the Dutch who controlled southern Taiwan
at the time built a fort on this site. They named
it Provintia to represent everlasting fortune. But
only ten years after building it, the Dutch forces
left Taiwan after military defeat.
In an era without concrete, the material used to
hold these bricks together is mixture of syrup,
sticky rice and ash of oyster shells! Pretty good
isn’t it ?
Over more than 300 years of change, people forgot
about Fort Provintia. Haishen Temple and Wenchang
Pavilion, built in the 19th century, are the structures
that shaped the popular image of Chihkan Tower,
and made it into Tainan’s most distinctive landmarks.
The second highly recommended site in the Michelin
Green Guide is Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple.
In the Qing Dynasty, it was designated as a place
to perform official ceremonies. The temple’s patron
deity is Lord Guan, who for Taiwanese is a paragon
This temple was built in Ming Dynasty. It's quite
amazing that artisans engraved Chinese characters
on the windows hundred years ago. This phrase means
praying for good weather. And this one is prosperous
and people at peace.
Out of Taiwan’s old temples, Sacrificial Rites Martial
Temple is the best preserved and has the most original
antiquities. It’s really worth visiting for anyone
interested in history.
Grand Matsu Temple was Taiwan’s first Matsu temple
built by the government. It has a respected place
among the country’s hundreds of Matsu temples, and
is home to many statues, murals, and carvings by
famous artisans. Coming here, you’ll lose yourself
wandering around a palace full of art.
Another highly recommended site in the Michelin
Green Guide used to be a school.
Started in 1665, Tainan’s Confucius Temple was Taiwan’s
first temple dedicated to Confucius. During World
War Two, the temple was bombed, and was only returned
to its current state in 1989, when repairs were
Couplets are written on the main columns of most
temples, but the columns on Dacheng Hall, the main
hall, are blank. That’s because nobody wants to
show off their knowledge in the face of the wisdom
The last attraction is Nankunshen Temple. Nankunshen
Temple was Taiwan’s earliest Royal Lord Temple,
and it is the country’s biggest. The highlights
are its architecture and landscape design, done
in the authentic Quanzhou style.
Following the Michelin Green Guide, we’ve found
plenty of beauty in Tainan. If you have the chance,
you should definitely check it out for yourself!
I am Poyu Lin, enjoy your time in Taiwan! Ciao~see
you next time.