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Former Tait & Co. Merchant House(原英商德記洋行)

Traveler rating:4 978 Reviews

Tuesday:08:30 – 17:30





Located next to Anping Tree House (安平樹屋), the foreign style building with the pure white exterior is the Former Tait & Co. Merchant House (原英商德記洋行), the Tainan base of the Tait & Co. firm established after the opening of Anping Harbor. As one of only five foreign firms able to access the port at the time, the company's main business was exporting sugar, camphor and tea, while importing opium. Located adjacent to the harbor, it was an important trading post during a very prosperous period. The building has long ceased to function as a business, and was transformed into Taiwan Kaituo Shiliao Wax Museum (台灣開拓史料蠟像館), using wax figures to display scenes of early life in Taiwan. In 2001 the museum created a time corridor to display the history and growth of the Tait & Co. Merchant House.


TEL +886-6-3913901

Address Anping Dist., Tainan City Taiwán, R.O.C

Category Culture

Opening Hours Monday~Sunday 8:00~18:00 Full price ticket: NT$50, half price ticket NT$25 Free entry for citizens of Tainan City on showing ID


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Traveler rating:4.0 978 Reviews Write a Review

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  1. 240 Families
  2. 206 Couples
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  5. 232 Friends
  • Piggogo

    Beautiful place to spend our afternoon

    Traveler rating:4 2019-02

    For a small fee of NTD50, it was a good way to spend our afternoon. There was a two-storey building and a musuem inside. The Tree House area was also a nice place for some photos and it was good weather when we were there. The "skywalk" was also nice as it was cool inside the trees area. Got some souvenirs at the shops too!
  • fandyadh7230

    Jakarta, Indonesia

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    Interesting old warehouse became a tree house

    Traveler rating:4 2019-06

    Nice view of old building which now became a tree house. The site is quite small, not much to see. Overall still a good place to see and take some pictures.
  • CJW913

    De Pere, Wisconsin

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    Strangled By Trees!

    Traveler rating:4 2019-04

    Built around the end of the 19th century, and located behind the Tait & Co. Merchant House, this was once a cluster of brick warehouses owned by the company. It was abandoned after WWII. Today, it is used totally for touristic consumption. Wood and metal staircases and viewing platforms allow visitors to wind through the trees, and to view the old warehouse from up within the branches as well as from the ground. Although not on the grand scale as the Ta Prohm Temple at Angkor Wat, it is still an interesting and eerie place to see buildings strangled by trees! I did not however enjoy the art exhibition that featured paintings hung on the brick walls and tree roots, which were completely out of place. The banyan trees and their tangle of roots are on their own all the art that is needed. Be sure to also visit the Old Tait & Co. Merchant House.
  • liburannatal

    Singapore, Singapore

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    Friends getaway

    When trees overtake a building

    Traveler rating:2 2019-05

    Interesting but is underwhelming if you have been to Ta Prohm (at Siem Reap, Cambodia). The metal scaffolding, stairs, and support pillars are done quite distastefully and they sort of ruin the whole atmosphere as it provides a stark contrast of modernity vs nature. There is no amazing view from the Sky Bridge either.
  • BreakawayAgain

    Australia Plains, Australia

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    More than just a tree

    Traveler rating:4 2019-05

    Never seen a tree like this one. Saw life everywhere, loved the patterns of the branches and the roots. It’s worth to visit this place.

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