Michelin 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 …
Chihkan Tower
Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple
Tainan Confucius Temple
Grand Matsu Temple
Nankunshen 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 of morality.
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 finished.
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 of Confucius.
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.