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Great Queen of Heaven Temple
Shihtsao
Martyr’s Shrine
Old Tait & Co. Merchant House
Chihkanlou
Confucius Temple
Eternal Golden Castle
Old Fort of An-ping
An-ping Harbor
Yen-ping Prefecture King Shrine


Great Queen of Heaven Temple
Class I Relics. The Great Queen of Heaven Temple is also called Great Tainan Matsu Temple. Originally the place the official residence for the Quiet King Chu Shu-kuei of the Ming Dynasty. As the nickname of the Quiet King was called Yi-yuan-zi, so the residence has been called Yi-yuan-zi Garden Pavilion.

Shihtsao
Shihtsao is located in southeast of Lu-er-men, north of the junction of Yanshui River, and Great Chia-nan Ditch. The wide water area from the conjunction to Shihtsao Popular Temple is called the Inner Sea of Shihtsao. The red wood area of Shihtsao is located at the topmost northern end of the Inner Sea of Shihtsao. It is the best natural observation area in Tainan for red wood forest. In the less than 200 meters of waterway, there spread three varieties of red wood forest plants.

Martyr’s Shrine
Formerly, the place was the Site left by Kitashirakawa-no-miya Yoshihisa-shinn?,1847—1895. In 1920 it was built as Tainan Shrine. After WWII, it was renamed as Martyr’s Shrine. After it moved to the new address at Chien-kang Road, the place is now Tainan City Stadium.

Old Tait & Co. Merchant House
Class III Relics. Primarily the firm has been engaged in international trading, insurance, finance business. After An-ping Harbor was opened, Tait & Co. was the first to set up shop in 1867, or the 6th year of Tung-chih Emperor of the Ching Dynasty. That was the first stronghold for Tait & Co. in Taiwan, engaged in primarily exports of sugar and camphor and imports of opium. Later many foreign traders had set up shops in Taipei and Tait & Co. was not much behind as they also opened up their office in Dadaocheng. That was the period Tait & Co. was most promising in their history in Taiwan.

Chihkanlou
Class I Relics. Located at the intersection of Chhiah-kh?m Street and Min-chu Road, Chihkanlou was built by the Dutch. In earlier years, the Han people called the Dutch Red-hair, thus also the Red Hair Lau or Foreign Son Lau.

Confucius Temple
Class I Relics. Tainan Confucius Temple is the only Confucius Temple in all of Taiwan that has established the ban-guan Ward. However, today the temple and the ban-guan Ward have been separated by the South Gate and the entrance has been changed to the Ta-cheng Ward where there is the writing of The First Studio of Taiwan.

Eternal Golden Castle
Class I Relics. Erkunshen Fort was called Great An-ping Fort in the old times, named in response to the Tiny An-ping Fort not far away. Since on the entrance, there is writing by the late Taiwan Governor Shen Bao-zhen (沈葆楨) that says, “Eternal Golden Castle,” the city is therefore also called Eternal Golden Castle.

Old Fort of An-ping
Class I Relics. Taiwan City is also called City of King, Chhiah-kh?m-l?u, An-ping City, originally built by the Dutch. In earlier years, the Han people called the Dutch people Red-hair, thus also the Red Hair Lau for this magnificent fortress. After having been rebuilt in the Japanese occupation era, the place is called Old Fort of An-ping and it has been used ever since.

An-ping Harbor
Located at the old An-ping Cluster, the historical An-ping Harbor was once the largest port in Taiwan. Later during the Japanese colonial rule, Kaohsiung Harbor was developed and the An-ping/Yang Cuo line of the South-North Railway had not been built, the harbor went into demise. In 1947, the old harbor was already blocked. Though dredge was conducted in 1949, but it was not with much success as the water passage allows only ships of less than 50 tons to pass. Today fishing boats still berth here. In recent years, in conjunction with the government promotion for beautification of scenic spots surrounding An-ping area, An-ping Harbor National Historical Scenic Area was organized. Taiwan Lantern Festival of 2005 and 2006 were held here.

Yen-ping Prefecture King Shrine
In 1661, or the 15th year of Emperor Yung-li of the Ming Dynasty, Koxinga Zheng Cheng-Gong (鄭成功) had successfully driven away the Dutch from Taiwan and stayed to develop the island. But he passed away the following year. In appreciation of his efforts in driving away the foreigners and opening up the frontier, residents in Tainan built up a temple to worship Koxinga at the present Yen-ping Prefecture King Shrine. Later for fear of the Ching Dynasty, people called Pioneer King Temple instead.


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