Sprawling across the north of Tainan, the North District lies between the Yanshui River and the campus of National Cheng Kung University. It’s home to one of the city’s oldest parks and its most famous night market, as well as an artists’ village with military roots.
Things to do in North District
Soak up the peace and tranquility of Tainan Park, a 100-year-old green space that centres around a lake. It features several pavilions, footbridges and a landscaped waterfall garden, as well as ornamental arches dating from the Qing dynasty. In the north of the park is the Tainan City Children's Science Museum, which offers hands-on exhibits for young visitors.
For a cultural fix, head to the 321 Art Alley Settlement, a series of former military houses that have been transformed into an artists’ village. Wander between the giant banyan trees while admiring the 1920s residences, most of which were built for high-ranking officials of the Imperial Japanese Army. In addition to art galleries and workshops, the settlement also boasts several cafes.
Once the sun goes down, head to the Garden Night Market, which is one of the largest night markets in the city. It’s divided into several zones where you can find everything from fashion to homewares and is famed for its sea of banners inspired by the ancient Warring States period. Feasting on authentic Taiwanese food is a highlight of any visit, with stinky tofu and candied guava among the specialties.
Getting around North District
Tainan Airport is a 20-minute drive from Tainan North District, while the much larger Kaohsiung International Airport is an hour away. Long-distance trains connect to Tainan railway station, which is located in the south-east corner of the district. Buses are the main means of getting around the Tainan North District.