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Nice to see, but do not expect too much

Hayashi certainly is a landmark in Tainan and yes, go there if you have a day in Tainan (or more... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
A piece of history

This department store sells many interesting stuffs that are made in different parts of Taiwan... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2018
Singapore, Singapore
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The Department Store That Inaugurated An Age of Fashion in the 1930s--Hayashi Department Store On December 5th, 1932, Hayashi Department Store opened and thus a modern age of Taiwanese culture began. The decade of 1930s was the start point of modern...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
No.63 Section 2, Zhongyi Road, Zhongxi District, Tainan 700, Taiwan
West Central District/ North District
+886 6 221 3000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hayashi certainly is a landmark in Tainan and yes, go there if you have a day in Tainan (or more), but do not expect too much. Take a look at the elevator, and its mosaic floor, and make sure you make it all up to...More

1  Thank TravelsAndVoyages
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hayashi Department Store belongs to a local businessman Mr. Lim and in Japanese Lim means Hayashi that how the store got it name. We took a lift to the fifth floor and walk up another floor to have a look at the Japanese shrine and...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2018

In the age of clone retail stores, Hayashi's is a refreshing throw-back to the true department stores. Each floor has an interesting variety of crafts - food items, soaps, jewelry, home goods, clothing, etc. The top floor has some food options and the ROOFTOP area...More

Thank Double64Double
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

This department store sells many interesting stuffs that are made in different parts of Taiwan. It's a great way to check out the stuffs they offer while enjoying the ambience of a historical building. Riding the elevator will give you a chance to experience the...More

Thank LTHIvy
Reviewed 19 August 2018

Hayashi looks much grander at night with the lights on! Didn't purchase anything here but quite enjoyed the atmosphere and the very well organized departments of goods. It's not difficult to image the crowd it once had as being the first department store in Tainan....More

1  Thank Alison C
Reviewed 31 July 2018

We spent a couple of hours both wandering round this amazing piece of history, browsing the hand crafted items on sale and also sampling the cakes and coffee on offer in the café. Well worth a visit and do take the time to read about...More

1  Thank markf202018
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

Beautiful historic building, definitely worth a visit. Building stocks lots of creative handicrafts and local snacks - whilst I didn’t buy any, it was worth exploring and also hitching a ride on the old lift system. It is also within walking distance to the original...More

Thank h00ked0ntravel
Reviewed 8 July 2018

I was a little surprised when I first walked into this building. Supposingly, this was the first department store in taiwan with an elevator. At the time when the Japanese ruled Taiwan. There is a monument on the top of the building. be sure to...More

Thank omnijohnny
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

A historical building turned into a modern shop. You can still see traces of the history. Lots of different things/items that you can purchase here - the items are reflective of local designs and flavors. Recommend a visit

1  Thank Sheana C
Reviewed 13 June 2018

Not a department store like Macys. Built by the Japanese in 1932 with the first working elevator. Small store with local merchandise. Good place to buy tea, oils, jams, and specialty items.

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West Central District/ North District
The West Central District is the most populous and the
busiest area. A lot of shops and hotels crowd the
district, and the long-standing history results in a
variety of street food. In addition to that, this
district also has the highest number of temples. This
is how it got the name “Tainan’s Pantheon.” Historic
buildings are literally ubiquitous. For example,
Hayashi Department Store, National Museum of Taiwan
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