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The Department Store That Inaugurated An Age of Fashion in the 1930s--Hayashi Department Store On December 5th, 1932, Hayashi Department Store opened and thus a modern age of Taiwanese culture began. The decade of 1930s was the start point of modern...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
No.63 Section 2, Zhongyi Road, Zhongxi District, Tainan 700, Taiwan
West Central District/ North District
+886 6 221 3000
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Reviewed August 12, 2019 via mobile

Really stuffy and warm as air condition is not working in the max. They provided fan though. Interesting local products and well presented. A building that needs less that an hour to complete.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank J430WNmichellek
Reviewed August 10, 2019

Hayashi Department Store was built in 1932 during the Japanese occupation. It was one of the earliest building in Taiwan equipped with elevator. The building was restored in 2014. Now, it is occupied by stalls selling local food, clothes, souvenirs, and handicrafts. Hayashi Department Store...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank BettyandLingShing
Reviewed July 15, 2019

The 1st level is selling snacks and food for souvenirs and the rest of the levels, 2nd to 4th are mostly stalls that selling bags, clothing, fancy soaps, etc. There is only 1 lift which directly brings you to Level 5 where the shrine situated...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank earlgreyane
Reviewed July 12, 2019 via mobile

The first elevator in town is interesting to experience. The building looks nice during night time with illumination. Going to the top of the building have a Japanese temple also can see the city view plus the mark after the war. Except of those, they...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed July 11, 2019 via mobile

Visiting this store was a lovely experience. The ambience is appealing with a wide variety of merchandise. There are great views from the top floor and a coffee shop. Some of the gifts are hand made. It is a little expensive but I loved our...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Rosemary B
Reviewed July 4, 2019 via mobile

First off, this department store shared the same anniversary as my birthday! What connection! Lol Was bombed and partially destroyed during WWII but had restored almost in full to reflect its old face, historical. Inside the department stores are mostly local shopping, don’t expect you...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank manucanuck
Reviewed May 29, 2019

Originally opened in 1932, the building still maintains the feel and appearance from the era. There is a Japanese Shrine at the rooftop. The view from rooftop may not be as amazing as the olden days when this building was one of the highest buildings...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank liburannatal
Reviewed April 28, 2019 via mobile

This is an interesting heritage building and a mall. Worth visiting. At the rooftop, you can see the surrounding areas. There is also a cafe just below that offering visitors a nice place to rest and have Tainan special snacks and food such as brown...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank HappyTravelerSarah
Reviewed April 16, 2019

This is one of the oldest department stores in Taiwan. It was also the first to have an elevator. Take elevator to 5th floor and walk up to 6th for observatory. Now it is a five floor local souvenir shop with some restaurants.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank 430bertv
Reviewed April 6, 2019

This department store is an attraction in Tainan. Go all the way to the to the roof top and you get to see a nice view around the city. There is a Japanese shrine at the roof top too. Have a coffee there and just...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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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
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