From Ximen Road, head south to come across Zhong-zheng Road.
Make a left onto Zhong-zheng Road and you'll come to Confusian Temple's surrounding areas. You can park your car in the park on Zhong-yi Road. From the park, head east toward Confusian Temple. This was the very first Confusian Temple constructed in Taiwan.
Saint Bonifacius Art and Cultural Center
You can observe the cultural diversity around the area. Located on No.10 Yoai Street from the Confusian Temple side entrance is Saint Bonifacius Art and Cultural Center.
Originally a catholic church, it was built in 1965. The appearance exudes eastern style. Its architecture is very similar to the Catholic Church on KaiShan Road, which is the largest Catholic Church in Tainan.
Wu-de Martial Arts Center
From Saint Bonifacius Art and Cultural Center, go to Section 2, Zhong-yi Road. Located on No.2 Section 2, Zhong-yi Road, Wu-de Martial Arts Center was built during the Japanese colonial era. The Japanese influence is palpable.
Exit Confusian Temple and cross Nanmen Road. There is Fu-zhong Road.
Before entering Fu-zhong Road, you can see popular local dish shops on Fu-qian Road, like the Third Generation Milkfish Meatball, Shrimp Bawan, Lili Fruit Shop and others. You can't go wrong heading toward where the crowds are. Walk around and you may find some nice surprises.
Fu-zhong Road, also known as Erythrina Flower Alley, is full of Erythrina trees, which are considered sacred trees for Taiwanese Plains Aborigines. This old alley has been reconstructed to accommodate many unique small shops. You just may stumble upon something that interests you.
Exit the alley and you can find many local snacks on Kaishan Road, including milkfish soup and more waiting for you to explore.
The original Du Xiao Yue restaurant
There are more traffic circles in Tainan than any other cities in Taiwan. Abundant delicious local dish shops can be found near traffic circles.
From Fu-zhong Road next to Confusian Temple, go to Kaishan Road and then come back to Zhong-zheng Road. You will come across Zhong-zheng traffic circle. There is a large Baroque building.
That's the Museum of Taiwanese Literature. It used to be the Tainan goverment center during the Japanese colonial era. The museum became quite stunning in appearance after a construction overhaul.
Continue going forward, and there is Land Bank on the right side. Next to the bank is the original Du Xiao Yue restaurant. Founded by Hong Taro, Du Xiao Yue is renowned in Taiwan for their Dan-Tsu noodles. Coincidentally, Hong Taro Dan-Tsu Noodle on Minquan Road near Chinkan Tower was founded by the descendants of Hong Taro.
Walking inside Du Xiao Yue, you can see the chef adding noodles and flavors into the boiling soup. It harks back to their noodle-cooking tradition over 100 years ago. Watching the vapor rising in the air makes you yearn for Dan-Tsu noodles.
This is a three-story restaurant, and you can see chef in action only on the first floor.
Leaving Du Xiao Yue, continue going west on Zhong-zheng Road for about 100 meters. Lin Department Store is right around the corner. The light brownish yellow brick building is striking.
Lin Department Store
This was the second department store established in Taiwan. It was opened in 1932, only 7 days after Kikumoto Department Store's opening in Taipei. It uses the first-ever commercial elevator at the time in its 5-story building. Since it reopened in 2013, a building banner has been raised at the rooftop.
The entire building showcases various cultural and creative products from Taiwan, including local food, artistic designs, furniture, clothing, coffee and restaurants. The rooftop still preserves the wall that was the aftermath of an air bombing during World War 2.
Taking the stairwell on the rooftop will lead you to the shrine that was later reconstructed to replicate the original one after it was destroyed by the bombing.
You can enjoy some coffee and eat a light meal at the rooftop restaurant after visiting the shrine and the traces left behind by the Second World War. The atmosphere here is quite nice.