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Historic Harborside Park - The blessing of the big fish(港濱歷史公園-大魚的祝福)

Traveler rating:4 29 Reviews

Wednesday:Open 24 hours a day

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Updated:2019-05-01

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“The blessing of the big fish” is a brand new piece of public art installation that Tainan City’s Tourism Bureau has commissioned renowned artist Yang Shih-Yi to construct at the Historic Harborside Park next to the Anping Canal. Running 23 meters long, 10 meters wide and 8 meters high, the upper half of the whale is made up of 3,714 stainless steel pipes welded together without the use of a single bolt to keep the contours pure; the image of Taiwan within the whale comprises 634 steel pipes put together in the same way, decorated with 448 pieces of glazed glasses in different colors to recreate the island of Taiwan to embody the island’s inclusiveness and fascinating qualities. The art installation weighs over 20 metric tons and the bottom half of the installation makes ingenious use of the whale’s body contours to support the weight without requiring vertical columns. Not only that, visitors can even climb a flight of stairs to get into the “tummy” of the whale to enjoy the view of the sea and sunset. There are three specific angles and positions that one can best experience the beauty and ingenuity of the art work: 1. Stand at the ground floor and look up at the base of the island of Taiwan that is made up of the 448 pieces of glazed glasses as a gesture of gratitude and respect for the island; 2. Go to the 2nd floor inside the whale and look at the island of Taiwan from above, as a gesture of appreciation and 3. Take a look at everyone else around you and come to the realization that as we live on the same island, we ought to treat each other kindly, just as Taiwan has treated us.

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TEL +886-6-6334905

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

Category Culture

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Traveler rating:4.0 29 Reviews Write a Review

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  2. 1 Poor
  3. 2 Average
  4. 19 Very good
  5. 7 Excellent

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  1. 5 Families
  2. 1 Couples
  3. 13 Solo
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  5. 5 Friends
  • 588phis

    Bangkok, Thailand

    Relaxing area

    Traveler rating:4 2018-12

    The waterfront is very pleasant as there are proper walkways for pedestrians. The harbour area is very peaceful. Great place for a stroll and relax
  • JonasD1649

    Nonceveux, Belgium

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    Not special

    Traveler rating:2 2017-08

    Nice for a walk but that's it. Not very touristic but I think that's normal. I mean, you can find water and boats everywhere in the world...
  • 619jeffry

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Harbour was centre of local life

    Traveler rating:5 2016-10

    The centre of commercial life in Tainan was Anping Harbour, The Dutch East India Company (VOC) put Tainan on the map as a trading centre. This historic park is a great place to learn about Tainan's history. It's a good place for a walk, too.
  • ah tee s

    Singapore, Singapore

    Traveler type:

    Friends getaway

    Historical, quaint and laid back

    Traveler rating:4 2016-01

    Our guide told us that there are not many touristy areas in Tainan. But Anping impresses me with her quaint and laid back atmosphere and her rich historical heritage. I like strolling around the harbor park, visiting the old Matzu temple, the century old walled terraced residential houses, and trying all those appetizing nice southern Taiwanese food and candies along Yen Ping Old Street. Anping harbor Park is unique
  • goncalves

    Singapore, Singapore

    Traveler type:

    Solo travel

    Charming old town.

    Traveler rating:4 2015-11

    Soend half a day walking around An-ping old town during my stay. Lots of preserved buildings, temples, old fortress & local specialties to try on. Didn't manage to walk to the harbour area as it was too hot in the daytime. I am sure it would be nicer to catch sunset during evenings after visits to Si-cao. There is another bus (# 2) departing from Tainan train station other than the toursit line. It has more frequency. I had one of the best (if not the best) prawn omelette (蝦仁煎) in taiwan. Will come back again.

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