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  • Hi everyone, my name is Tong.

  • Today I am in the Northern District of Tainan.

  • This area was one of the earliest districts to develop.

  • Many of the streets, architectures, and buildings here

  • are still left the way they were during Japanese colonization.

  • And even earlier!

  • Tainan train station is also in this district just right behind me.

  • Also, another thing you can't miss about this district is the temples.

  • The temples are where you can truly feel and sense

  • the spirit and importance of religion to the local people.

  • So today I'm going to walk around

  • and show you the Northern District of Tainan.

  • And you can experience what life is like in old Tainan City.

  • Yamuliao traditional market has opened since Japanese colonization.

  • People come here to buy fruit, vegetables, and other fresh produce.

  • But what's special is that a lot of Taiwanese traditional snacks

  • actually originated from this market.

  • Let's go take a look!

  • Now we are heading to a traditional Taiwanese snack shop!

  • This shop has existed for more than 60 years.

  • And the most famous product is the fried food.

  • Especially their fried squid and fried vegetables,

  • lots of different things you can enjoy.

  • Some people even have it with soup or noodles.

  • Lets see what they have.

  • Hello sir, can you tell me

  • the most popular order or the most special dish?

  • Fried shrimp, because the whole shrimp is inside.

  • This is fried shrimp spring rolls.

  • This is fried carrots, and these are meatballs but fried.

  • There's a Japanese twist to it

  • but it's still a Taiwanese traditional snack.

  • I just ordered one of each of these food.

  • I'm really excited!

  • I came on an empty stomach so I'm ready to eat.

  • First I'm going to try their shrimp.

  • Let me see which one it is. This one!

  • As the boss just told me, the whole shrimp is fried inside here.

  • I am gonna take a bite.

  • Very crispy. And you feel full of the shrimp.

  • This soup I ordered is shrimp and fish meatball soup.

  • So how it's made?

  • It's actually fish or shrimp and they mix it with starch.

  • Now I'm going to try their shrimp meatball

  • since they're most famous for their shrimp.

  • There's a really soft texture to it.

  • The special thing is they also added some celery inside.

  • You'll feel the crunchiness from the celery

  • as well as the softness of the shrimp and the meatball.

  • Fried carrot

  • He just told me that this was made by his grandpa,

  • so his grandpa owns the recipe from over 60 years ago.

  • Let's see if it's different from the fried carrot today.

  • It's really interesting because you can still feel the carrots.

  • Thank you!

  • Thank you!

  • Hello! Is this herb cake?

  • Sweet and salty at the same time.

  • Inside there are salty vegetables but outside it's really soft.

  • Just like mochi.

  • As the day gets later, there are more and more people swarming by

  • and more and more shops are opened too.

  • Let's go inside.

  • These(braised snacks) are also

  • what I really like to eat for lunch and dinner.

  • They're ready to go

  • and they're made by special juice steamed with pork.

  • Let's see what they're making.

  • They're making moon shaped pork buns for winter solstice.

  • There's a belief that if you eat these moon shaped steam buns,

  • you're gaining a year old and about to begin a new year.

  • Since I'm going to the temple later,

  • I want to bring something with me.

  • This temple right behind me is the Guan Yin Shinji Temple.

  • What's so special about this temple is that

  • it actually consists of two different religions.

  • Two of the major religions in Taiwan,

  • Daoism and Buddhism.

  • On my right hand side, this is the Buddhist part of the temple

  • which worships the Goddess of Mercy, or Guanyin.

  • On my left hand side, this is the Daoism part and

  • they worship Baoshen Emperor, who is the protector of life.

  • It's a pity that it's under renovation right now.

  • But trust me on this,

  • These two religions, they blend in so perfectly in this one temple.

  • At a first glance,

  • you won't even notice that they're two different religions.

  • Let's go take a look inside!

  • Like I mentioned earlier, Baoshen Emperor is the god

  • for protecting health and medicine.

  • This temple still keeps this traditional praying method.

  • Where you can tell the god what your sickness or illness

  • and in return he is going to give you prescription

  • that tells you how to eat and how to heal.

  • Today I invited my friend Jacqueline here

  • to show me how this is all done.

  • In the past, because of the scarcity of medicine,

  • a lot of people when they don't feel well,

  • they would just come to this temple

  • and pay a visit to Baoshen Emperor.

  • They will tell him what's wrong with them

  • and the Baoshen Emperor will give them some kind of prescription.

  • First, you have to draw three incense sticks and light it.

  • Next step, we need to pray to the God.

  • Now I have to tell him my name, address, and date of birth.

  • After telling the gods the details,

  • we need to draw a cast of the moon blocks.

  • If I get an agreeable moon block,

  • It means that the god allows me to put the incense on my pulse

  • and see what is wrong with me.

  • After I put the incense stick on my pulse,

  • I need to draw a ticket from the lot pot.

  • These four

  • This is for luck, this is for internal,

  • this is for eyes, and this is for surgical.

  • Because lately I've been feeling that

  • for example, I might have endocrine disorder.

  • There's a lot of acne on my face.

  • I would probably want to take a ticket from this lot pot,

  • which is from internal.

  • Mix it a bit.

  • For example, this one says 105.

  • Later on, I'll have to draw a cast on the moon block again

  • and see if it's the right one.

  • So now we need to look for the ticket of 105.

  • This one.

  • Uh oh, I don't understand a word.

  • This is the ticket that I got from the lot.

  • It says some kind of prescription, and it's Chinese medicine,

  • but I don't understand a word.

  • So we have to go to the Chinese medicine pharmacy

  • to get the medicine that it said on.

  • Da Guan Yin Temple still maintains its traditional Buddhist features.

  • Their wooden artworks, such as the Guan Yin Buddha

  • and the 18 disciples of Buddha,

  • both of which displays authentic Buddhist styles.

  • There are also long tables inside

  • where people can pray and worship.

  • Because the atmosphere inside is very quiet and serene.

  • The Northern District is the earliest to develop.

  • So Mazu Kaiji Temple, here,

  • is also one of the earliest Mazu temples in Tainan

  • The nameKaijimeansfoundationorfirst

  • And Mazu is the goddess worshiped here.

  • In fact, Mazu is one of the most well known

  • and most worshiped goddess in all of Taiwan

  • She is the protector of the sea

  • and she is of great importance to the people.

  • Because the majority of our ancestors came from China by boat.

  • So Mazu helps protect

  • our ancestors when they first came to Taiwan safely.

  • That is why a lot of people still worship her today.

  • This is a very traditional place that preserves great history.

  • Almost every corner here, you can sense a story.

  • The inside of the temple,

  • there is a solemn yet peaceful atmosphere

  • that shows that for the past 300 years,

  • this is how our ancestors have quietly protected by this temple.

  • Outside Kaiji Mazu temple

  • is Ziqiang Alley, which used to be called Dachong Street.

  • Dachong means big cannon

  • Because there used to be a military base around this area.

  • Nowadays, it's more of a residential place, as you can see.

  • And people still live here today in these old houses.

  • This is the Black Ghost Well.

  • Black ghost refers to the slaves

  • that built this well during the Dutch colonization.

  • The ghost doesn't necessarily mean the spooky kind of ghost.

  • It's actually a word that

  • Taiwanese used back in the day to refer to foreigners.

  • White people would be white ghost.

  • And people with darker skin would be black ghost.

  • Today, this monument,

  • this well here is listed as the city's national historic site.

  • Hello, I would like a cold tofu pudding with boba.

  • For here or to go?

  • For here.

  • Ok!

  • Thank you!

  • Thank you!

  • After walking to so many different historical places

  • and learning so much today,

  • I'm feeling a little thirsty.

  • Here in front of me is an all-time Taiwanese favorite delight.

  • It's called the sweet tofu pudding.

  • It's soft and made from soy bean.

  • People usually eat sweet tofu pudding with different toppings.

  • I like to have it with boba.

  • But you can also have it with red beans, lemon,

  • green beans, or jelly, anything you like.

  • But boba is so good.

  • Today we walked through some major sites in Northern Tainan District,

  • rich in culture and history.

  • But stay with us, we have a couple more adventures ahead!

Hi everyone, my name is Tong.

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    Hot Tainan 哈臺南 posted on 2018/06/08
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