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Former Tainan Prefectural Government building-National Museum of Taiwan Literature (原台南州廳-台灣文學館)

Traveler rating:4 283 Reviews

Monday:Break time





The National Museum of Taiwan Literature(台灣文學館) is arguably the most important landmark in Tainan city center. It was designed by the Japanese architect Mariyama Matsunosuke(森山松之助), and construction was completed in 1916. At the time, under the Japanese Colonial Time, Tainan Prefectural Government was the highest administrative center in Tainan. During the World War II, it suffered damage from Allied bombing, but was later restored to its original state. After the war it remained the seat of the Tainan City Government for a long time, but it has now been turned into the hub of art and literature that is the National Museum of Taiwan Literature. The roof is in the Mansard(馬薩式) architectural style, and the entrance features European-Japanese fusion style columns. Every Christmas, the huge Christmas tree in front of the museum adds to the city's romantic charm. The museum's wealth of Taiwanese literature collections brings many domestic and foreign tourists to this important Tainan landmark.


TEL (+886) 6-221-7201

FAX +886-6-2226115

Address No.1, Zhongzheng Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan City Taiwán, R.O.C

Category Historic Sites、Local Gallery、Culture、Handicapped Access

Open Hours Sunday:09:00 – 18:00
Monday:Break time
Tuesday:09:00 – 18:00
Wednesday:09:00 – 18:00
Thursday:09:00 – 18:00
Friday:09:00 – 18:00
Saturday:09:00 – 18:00

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  • GlobalGypsy_13

    San Diego, California

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    How grand!

    Traveler rating:4 2019-06

    This grand building is a delight -- both inside and out. It stands on a main traffic circle in Tainan and has some displays on the outside as well as special exhibits in the inside. Although I do not know Chinese, this grand structure attests to the high esteen with which literature and literary life is held.
  • manucanuck

    Hong Kong, China

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    Solo travel

    Anne and Ama exhibit

    Traveler rating:5 2019-07

    Came across this museum by chance and I couldn’t help myself to come visit since I’m an avid war history fan, and Anne Frank is a living history from that period, it’s a cool comparison between the west and east, both suffering due to the war - Anna from the nazis and Ama(a group of women who were forced to be sexual slaves for the Japanese army). Great reading, but those don’t know chinese would’ve had a hard time following because most are in chinese only.
  • Bowi72

    Kriftel, Germany

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    Impressive building from the outside, inside only for literature fans

    Traveler rating:3 2019-04

    The building makes an interesting picture, especially in the evening when it’s a facade is being highlighted with spots. Go inside though it’s not that spectacular, there are different areas with of course the focus on literature, if you are not a diehard literature fan, you may be disappointed.
  • Noriko717

    Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

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    Beautiful building

    Traveler rating:3 2019-03

    The museum suits book lovers and those who can read Chinese. I cannot read Chinese but enjoyed the architectural beauty of the building. It is large and well preserved. There is a nice cafe attached to the museum.
  • jamesc898989

    Burnaby, Canada

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    Solo travel

    Excellent museum

    Traveler rating:5 2019-01

    Excellent museum. Entertaining and educational. Maintained quite well. Worth a visit. Close to many other attractions.

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