Tainan's Anping District, which is where the Dutch had their Taiwan base in the 17th century, has retained a lot of its traditional character. Many of the homes, such as the one pictured here, date from the Japanese colonial era (1895-1945).
Few are in perfect condition: Taiwan's younger generation seems to have little interest in doing up and living in such places, so when the owners die, the buildings are either demolished or simply left to fall apart. However, Tainan City Government has paid for the renovating of some private residences, and the entire district continues to be very worth slowly wandering around.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Anping's decaying private residences
Posted by Steven Crook... at 5:08 PM
Labels: architecture, history, Tainan
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