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Hayashi Department Store(原林百貨)




On June 30th 2013, the Hayashi Department Store(林百貨), the largest of Tainan's old building's, was opened for tours after refurbishment. Crowds lined up from 7 am until the afternoon to enter the "five story building" (五棧樓仔) built in 1932 during the Japanese Colonial Time. It was a very busy part of Tainan, but after the end of the Japanese Colonial Period, the owner returned to Japan, and the Hayashi Department Store was left empty, leaving people to eventually forget about its former glory. In 2014, its status as a department store was restored, with a great many limited edition Hayashi goods on sale inside. In addition, there are some important points that must not be missed: The elevator's floor indicator is the old style dial type, now probably the only remaining one in Taiwan, which preserves the authentic feel of the place. The Torii shrine on the top floor is also one of a kind, be sure to go upstairs and have a look. A hole in a wall from the bombing by US Forces during World War II is a link to the building's past.


TEL +886-6-2213000

FAX +886-6-2210102

Address , West Central Dist., Tainan City Taiwan, R.O.C

Category Historic Sites、Culture

Opening Hours Free entry 11:00~22:00

Offical Site Offical Site


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Traveler rating:4.0 874 Reviews Write a Review

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  1. 194 Families
  2. 189 Couples
  3. 175 Solo
  4. 19 Business
  5. 216 Friends
  • J430WNmichellek

    Pacific Pines, Australia

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Not a place to visit in summer

    Traveler rating:3 2019-08

    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.
  • BettyandLingShing


    Not more than a beautiful boutique

    Traveler rating:3 2019-05

    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 is called "five-storey building". Each level of the building is uniquely decorated. We can see the scenery around the area on the top of the building. The things there were quite expensive, but unique. It worth a short visit anyway.
  • earlgreyane


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    Shopping mall selling mostly modern cultural items.

    Traveler rating:3 2019-07

    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 at and a cafe beside it. While there is no lift to access the rest of the levels. Spent at least 20 mins to walk around the building and that's it.
  • sar77107


    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Nice place to see history and shopping

    Traveler rating:5 2019-04

    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 also selling nice souvenir inside. And the ice cream store on the first floor corner is nice. Great place for shop with history experiences.
  • Rosemary B

    Albury, Australia

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    A quaint experience

    Traveler rating:5 2019-07

    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 visit.

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