Shennong Street
Shennong Street
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The area
Neighborhood: West Central District/ North District
The West Central District is the most populous and the busiest area. A lot of shops and hotels crowd the district, and the long-standing history results in a variety of street food. In addition to that, this district also has the highest number of temples. This is how it got the name “Tainan’s Pantheon.” Historic buildings are literally ubiquitous. For example, Hayashi Department Store, National Museum of Taiwan Literature, Confucius Temple, Chihkan Tower (formerly Fort Provintia), Sacrificial Rites Martial Temple, Tainan Grand Mazu (name of a goddess) Temple, etc. Recently, the tourism in Tainan has laid emphasis on alleys and lanes. Examples include Fujhong Street specialising in creative handicrafts, as-you-stroll desserts on Jhengsing Street, Shennong Street lined with hundred-year-old ancient houses, Sinyi Street on which the old city gate stands, Sinmei Street where old and new cultures fuse together, and Guohua Street and Baoan Raod famous for all the savoury food. All the traditional and delicious food and flavours are about to burst in your mouth. The North District, on the other hand, is a quiet secret hideaway. Lane 321 on Gongyuan Road used to be a Japanese soldiers’ dormitory. Now a few artists have set up their studios here. There are diversified art styles in each old Japanese-style house. The Garden Night Market on Haian Road is one of the famous night markets in both Tainan and Taiwan, and was the top 12 Facebook check-in location worldwide in 2013.
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  • Carven W
    Naarden, The Netherlands392 contributions
    Nice small street.
    This is a nice area in Tainan. This area is not very big but lots of cute shops, cafes, restaurants. Its has a artsy feel through out the place. Best to come day time as night most shops are close. But during the evening the lanterns are on which give the place a real cosy feel. In the corner there is this really nice Japanese BBQ restaurant highly recommended.
    Written February 10, 2020
  • Peggy C
    Taipei, Taiwan49 contributions
    平日店家幾乎不營業的觀光老街
    之前來逛時很熱鬧,不知為何這次週五過來逛,幾乎整條街的店鋪都沒有營業,然後雖然神農街挺有古味的,但真的是滿短一下就走完,平日不推薦為了它特地過來
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 10, 2019
  • なおかり
    Aichi Prefecture, Japan5,750 contributions
    夜は綺麗です
    過去4度ほど昼間に訪問しましたが、今回初めて夕方近くに訪問してみました。提灯と家屋の灯りが幻想的でとってもいい雰囲気。短い通りなので、あっという間に通り抜けちゃうけど、時間のある限りお土産屋さんを見ながらゆっくりと散策してみたらいかが?
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2019
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yehwanyun
Taipei, Taiwan97 contributions
This street is not very long and with all old city style. If you don't have time to visit there twice, go there at night. Very good for photo shooting. There are some interesting stores selling cute souvenir like any other sightseeing spots. There are also some cafe with style , so pick one and stay for a while to enjoy old street would be my recommendation.
Written April 5, 2015
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thuan n
155 contributions
I visited this street at night according to the advise from trip advisor. It was a disapoitment. There are not much and nothing special about this street excepting the old houses.

This street has a lot of restaurant and drinking bar. Should it be still considered as old street?!
Written October 6, 2014
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micamiumiuminimilo
Singapore, Singapore89 contributions
May 2013 • Business
Love the art flavours of the street, the F&B experience was amazing, i wished i had more nights to try more things there. I would revisit in a heartbeat. Love the yakitori with Taiwan Beer
Written May 19, 2013
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Marathonwinner
Toronto, Canada116 contributions
Feb 2012 • Couples
Maybe this street is hopping at night but during the day it was simply a boring little lane of closed doors and scooter traffic. The nearby Water Fairy Temple Market was simply a nice market but not worth an extra effort, and the Medicine Lord Temple at the end of Shennong St was equally ordinary, although it had a decent washroom upstairs.
If you're new to Asia these spots may thrill, but anyone with a little experience may wish they'd invested their exploration time elsewhere.
Written February 19, 2012
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Ade Line
9 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Not much to see. Was there for only 30 min.

Would rather spend the time in Anping Old street and visit oyster museum.a
Written January 6, 2020
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atanvarno
Singapore, Singapore16 contributions
Dec 2017
A quaint and interesting street and alleys with lots of nice architecture, novel shops, and cafes. Worth a visit.
Written June 18, 2018
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Yang Yang C
Zwolle, The Netherlands156 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
This small street has a very different vibe than all the other streets i've seen so far. Lovely old buildings, coffeeshops, shops and galleries make this street nice for a stroll.
Written November 20, 2017
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An J
Singapore, Singapore292 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
Quaint alley with several shops selling interesting handmade and quirky items that urges you to part with your money. Would love to go back again some other day on my own if i find myself in tainan again in the future.
Written June 24, 2016
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SpokaneRod
Tainan, Taiwan37 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
Years ago, maybe 15, my nephew took me on his scooter to a street in Tainan to see the old houses that had been built during the time the Japanese held Taiwan as a colony (1895-1945). I thought it was interesting, wanted to take my wife there when we had the chance, and put the thought aside. Two years ago, as we were riding our motorcycle south on Hainan Road from our home near today's Costco, I glanced to the right, saw an old Japanese-era building, and hung a right! There it was, my nephew's sight-to-see!

We got off the bike and walked east and west on the fairly short street in the downtown area. Things had changed a bit; the older, worn out stuff has been discretely upgraded and some of it has continued to decay. Nevertheless, I think the place is well-worth spending 30-45 minutes to look around.

The key to really seeing this place is to look up. It's on the second floors, the eaves, the gables, and the rooftops that the most original and most interesting sights are found. Sure, some of the street-level store fronts and houses are interesting, but they are nothing compared to what's above the first floors.
Written February 19, 2016
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Johnny Lee
Auckland, New Zealand112 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
The street located at one of the busiest block in Tainan.
People can enjoy traditional Taiwanese cuisine nearby, no matter it is day or night, but I will strongly recommend folks to go there during night, since there will have lights that glowing along the street! The little shops sitting along sell small items that you could gift to your friends or parents, even for your own memory.
Written February 4, 2016
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