Xinhua was once the home of the Siraya-Pingpu Tribe. Its old name of “Damujiang” is a transliteration of the Siraya name “Tavocan.” The Siraya were the earliest recorded inhabitants of Tainan. They played an important role in the history of greater Tainan and the shaping of the local culture. Tavokan Cultural Area was previously used as a police dormitory. After the restoration it became a mixed-used district with a number of sights including the Martial Arts Hall, Japanese dormitories, Japanese garden, Story House, and Tavokan Plaza. The concentration of cultural assets and facilities make it the best place to learn about the Tavokan culture and subsequent developments in history.