10 Fun Things to do on a Rainy Day in Tainan, Taiwan

Taiwan gets rain. Like, a lot of rain. So if you’ve got plans to hang out in gorgeous Tainan, Taiwan, driving to the beach or seeing the hot springs and suddenly the rain starts pouring down, what can you do? Well, it turns out, quite a lot. Here are 10 fun and unusual things to do in Tainan, Taiwan on a rainy day.

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1. Hayashi Department Store

This department store is 1930’s glam inside and out. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but you can spend a few hours in the store by pouring over artsy school supplies and eco-friendly products while dodging the rain.

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I enjoyed Hayashi Department Store so much that I’d recommend this place as a stop for even those visiting Tainan on a sunny day. Tourists can use a bit of AC on hot days and unique gift shopping is perfect for all weather scenarios.

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Where? No. 63, Section 2, Zhongyi Rd, West Central District, Tainan City, 700

2. A Cat Café

There are several cat cafes in Tainan and I can imagine their all perfect stops for some fuzzy cuddles and warm drinks on a rainy day.

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I recommend Cats & Tea for a cozy environment, sweet owners, and alternately spastic and loving cats.

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Where? No.72, Jianye St., West Central District, Tainan City, 70049

3. Drink a German beer

In Taiwan? Why not drink a German beer? Look, I don’t have to justify these recommendations to you. I just know that German beer and rainy days were tailor made for each other, regardless of whether you’re in Germany or not. I didn’t catch the name of this restaurant, but it’s outside the Five Concubines Temple and although it’s small, there are a few outdoor seats under an awning where you can while away a rainy afternoon watching tourists brave the wind and rain for some culture.

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Where? (This is actually the address for the Five Concubines Temple. The restaurant/bar was somewhere just outside the walls of this place. Just look around until you see a sign advertising German beer.)

4. See the temples anyway!

Speaking of braving the wind and rain! If you’ve been in Taiwan for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that a bit of rain doesn’t really stop the locals from enjoying life, so why let it stop you?

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Don a rain jacket, grab an umbrella, and enjoy Tainan’s specialty: beautiful old temples. Just be sure to stop for a German beer or cat café cuddles after…

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5. The National Museum of Taiwan Literature

The National Museum of Taiwan Literature was admittedly mostly lost on me as I’ve got no background in Taiwanese lit, but I did enjoy the gorgeous old building and puttering about the museum for an hour or so. It’s free, so why not take advantage of the quiet, old book smelling, museum-y environment, while you let your hair air-dry?

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Where? No. 1, Zhongzheng Rd, West Central District, Tainan City, 700

6. Take derpy photos in front of anything cool you see

Okay, so this activity isn’t exclusive to rainy days, but if you’ve got an umbrella prop and funny wet hair then all of your attempts to pose next to sculptures and street art are going to be a million times more entertaining, so have at it. Tainan is rife with opportunities for posing next to weird stuff, as evidenced by the following photos…

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7. Go to a night market and hope that the rain will keep the crowds at bay

Hint: It won’t. Battle the crowds anyway.

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Where? Section 3, Hai’an Rd, North District, Tainan City, 704

For the next three activities, you have to go to Anping (take bus 99 or 88 from the train station) and pay an entrance fee (50 NT) outside the Calligraphy Museum to see the following.

8. The Calligraphy Museum

So this was another museum that was a bit lost on me. Maybe if you can read Chinese calligraphy you’ll enjoy it though? Below is a pic of me trying to be cultured.

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Anyway, it’s included in the ticket price and the museum will keep you out of the rain, so it’s got that going for  it.

Where? No. 108, Gubao St, Anping District, Tainan City, 708

9. Tait and Company Merchant House

There was very little in English in this museum, so again, a lot of the meaning behind these rooms was lost on me, but it was kind of entertaining, included in the ticket price, and out of the rain, so yay!

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Where? No. 108, Gubao St, Anping District, Tainan City, 708

10. The Tree House

The tree house in Anping is an old warehouse that’s been taken over by a banyan tree. It’s seriously been taken over.

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But it’s outside, you might say. It’s in the rain. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of this list?

Yes, it is in the rain, but look at the atmosphere. Oohh. The atmosphere.

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And there are far fewer crowds in the rain, so your creepy, haunted house, rain and mist photos of the abandoned factory look even cooler and creepier than normal. I’d argue that the warehouse is even more beautiful in the rain.

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Where? No. 108, Gubao St, Anping District, Tainan City, 708

So if you’re stuck in the rain in Tainan, there’s actually still plenty to do in this historic city, although some of it does require braving the weather like a local. From cat cafes to creepy tree houses, Tainan’s got a lot to offer, so get out there and have a good time because rain simply isn’t an excuse in Taiwan.

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