When people travel to Taiwan, they often visit Taipei, Kaohsiung, or Taichung, and rarely explore past these major cities. Tainan is somewhat of a hidden gem in Taiwan, which seeks to challenge this status quo.

With its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning architecture, there are so many things to do in Tainan that make it worthy of a pitstop on anyone’s travel plans.

Things to Do in Tainan

From ancient temples to beautiful parks to delicious street food and bustling night markets, Tainan has so many attractions that will captivate you with its charm.

Explore Tainan’s Temples

The Tainan Confucius Temple is one of the most famous in the city, and dates back several centuries – though it has undergone renovations over the years and today looks like it was built yesterday.

Another prominent temple worth checking out is the Tainan Grand Matsu Temple, or Grand Mazu Temple as it’s sometimes known, which is the largest temple in Tainan.

Try The Local Delicacy

Since Tainan is so old, many of the recipes date back to the city’s early days during the Qing Dynasty. Needless to say, street food stand and restaurant hopping is a fantastic experience here.

Explore the Night Markets

The night markets are, of course, always entertaining. Among the most popular ones is the Tainan Garden Night Market, boasting around 400 vendors and serving as Taiwan’s largest night market.

Shop Till You Drop!

Another great shopping street is BeiMen Rd., the main road in the middle of town that runs past the front of the train station. If you are looking for cheap computer parts, there are two large computer malls here with everything that you could imagine.

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