Anping Tree House
Anping Tree House
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The area
Neighbourhood: Anping District/ Annan District
Anping District is the area first developed in Taiwan. It is also the key to Taiwan’s involvement in the international community. The two famous historic monuments, Anping Fort (a.k.a. Fort Zeelandia) and Eternal Golden Castle leave behind them the traces of international trade made by various countries. Another historic monument that stands the test of time is Tree House, in which beautiful stories were created along with the running water in the canal in the course of history. The National Museum of Taiwan History in the form of green building stands in Annan District. Next to the coastal Cihcao Dajhong Temple is the amazingly gorgeous green tunnel formed by mangroves. Moving slowly in the river course on a pipe raft, you will be greeted by hermit crabs and mudskippers. The sunlight glitters in the woods. This will be like a tranquil journey in the no-man Amazon. What comes next is Luermen River estuary. People can enjoy the beautiful sunset in the Natural Defence of the Capital and also visit the one and only temple which has two barefooted door gods of foreign descent, guarding General Jheng Chengkong, making the trip to Tainan full of stories and mysteries.
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  • 359kwangnamk
    Seoul, South Korea676 contributions
    Worth to visit in Tainan city
    Anping Treehouse (安平樹屋) It is located in Anping District of Tainan City, a little bit far away from city Tainan city center. The Anping Tree House was once known as the “Haunted House” for many years until it was officially opened to public in 2004 as a project of the National Anping Harbor Historic Park. Can see huge Sprawling roots and branches of banyan trees. Worth to visit.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 13 March 2023
  • Jesse V
    Fallbrook, California111 contributions
    Fun green space to relax and explore
    The tree house is part of the grounds that include the former Tait and co. Merchant House, a building dedicated to a famous calligrapher and a little cafe for tourists. The tree house is very pretty and fun to explore especially for kids with plenty of places to get a fun picture of the overgrown foliage. If you’re 6 foot or over just watch your head there are a lot of doorways with low head clearance. If you like nature this is a great spot.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 May 2023
  • T-SGlobetrotters
    Preston, United Kingdom2,946 contributions
    Not a great deal to see
    The main attraction is the old Tait & Co Merchant house and its adjacent warehouse which now has multiple Banyan tress growing through it. We found the museum to be really disjointed with the timeline of exhibits not following a defined path. The warehouse had multiple platforms and raised walks from which you can view the encroached trees on the fabric of the old building. This is quite well done but views are quite limited. We had expected a little more from this attraction. Not sure if it worth the effort of making the trip from Central Tainain for this alone.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 December 2023
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luxuryvoyage
Switzerland3,351 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Not nearly as spectacular as the overgrown ruins in Angkor Wat, but still worth a short visit. The small museum next door, which explains the history of trade, is also interesting.
Written 9 January 2024
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,946 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The main attraction is the old Tait & Co Merchant house and its adjacent warehouse which now has multiple Banyan tress growing through it. We found the museum to be really disjointed with the timeline of exhibits not following a defined path. The warehouse had multiple platforms and raised walks from which you can view the encroached trees on the fabric of the old building. This is quite well done but views are quite limited. We had expected a little more from this attraction. Not sure if it worth the effort of making the trip from Central Tainain for this alone.
Written 5 December 2023
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Jesse V
Fallbrook, CA111 contributions
May 2023 • Family
The tree house is part of the grounds that include the former Tait and co. Merchant House, a building dedicated to a famous calligrapher and a little cafe for tourists. The tree house is very pretty and fun to explore especially for kids with plenty of places to get a fun picture of the overgrown foliage. If you’re 6 foot or over just watch your head there are a lot of doorways with low head clearance. If you like nature this is a great spot.
Written 18 May 2023
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359kwangnamk
Seoul, South Korea676 contributions
Feb 2023
Anping Treehouse (安平樹屋)
It is located in Anping District of Tainan City, a little bit far away from city Tainan city center. The Anping Tree House was once known as the “Haunted House” for many years until it was officially opened to public in 2004 as a project of the National Anping Harbor Historic Park. Can see huge Sprawling roots and branches of banyan trees. Worth to visit.
Written 13 March 2023
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Wanderer
13 contributions
Dec 2022
Awesome banyan trees enveloping the crumpling stone walls of a house, with steel scaffolding to uphold it, glass facades, and a contrasting modern installation of art with it. Nice to go in, and climb up and down the numerous stairs inside. There is a cozy cafe selling good coffee and ice cream, and a gift shop within the compound. Bought a nice calligraphic cap big enough for my head for only 200 TWD +. Inside gift shop, can try your hands on calligraphy. At the backyard, is a fish pond filled with fishes, and a vending machine to buy a packet of fish food for 10 cents. White birds hanging around the edges of the pond, waiting for you to feed the fishes and they swop in for the kill when the fishes surface for the food. Eager camera man standing by to capture that moment too. Bumped into cute Taiwanese children out on excursions too. Nice for a serene morning or afternoon.
Written 28 December 2022
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,983 contributions
Sept 2022 • Solo
This was a unique attraction included with the Tait & Co Merchant House admission.

This tree house was formerly a warehouse that after being abandoned nature sought to reclaim the land. The banyan trees soared above the roofline and the roots and trunks of the tree embedded themselves in and on top of the walls. Each room was a little different and made for an interesting walk. Elevated walkways gave an aerial view of the overall impact but also extended outside the warehouse and led towards the river.

Worth the visit though it won’t take too long to complete the walk.
Written 4 October 2022
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Paul Y
Hong Kong, China198 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Located in the first developed area in Tainan and Taiwan. The tree house is quite amazing and covered by huge banyan tree. It is worth for you to take a walk and enjoy the power of nature!
Written 14 June 2021
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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2,819 contributions
Jan 2020
In January 2020 my wife and I included a 6 night Wendy Wu private tour of Taiwan as part of our 18 day Asian trip we arranged to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Our tour took in Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, Tainan and Kaohsiung.

While in Tainan we visited notable attractions and none better than the former Tait and Co Merchant House incorporating the Anping Tree House, located in the historic Anping precinct.

Before offering a review on the Anping Tree House let me start by reviewing the former Tait and Co Merchant House which is next door to the Tree House and all part of the overall attraction package. This grand building was built in 1867 by British merchant James Tait who was engaged in the tea export business, insurance and banking. The building, a south-facing two storey structure with a central main staircase, demonstrates a fusion of both Eastern and Western architectural styles. Both storeys have a succession of arches circulating east, west and south and the top storey white-walled verandah has a green-glazed vase-shaped rail.

Inside on the ground floor is an excellent museum, comprising several display rooms providing an impressive exhibition explaining the origin of merchant houses, trade shipping routes and trading models with a different theme room by room. One of the best rooms visited was the one with the excellent display of the early tea merchants and how they manufactured and graded and traded Formosa Oolong Tea. As an avid lover of all things tea I found this particularly impressive. Another room was set up as a period dining room setting. Then there were many interesting items of yesteryear on display. For example, it was great to marvel at an old Corona typewriter, a novel 19th century mechanical calculator and classic weighing scales, allowing us to appreciate the huge technological advances the world has made in making these commodities simpler and easier to use today. There was even an exhibit of a nice set of Japanese gold coins from the period of 1603 to 1867. Our tour itinerary unfortunately did not include a visit to the upper storey wax museum using wax figures to display scenes of early life in Taiwan, which was a pity.

From the Merchant House we headed next door to the truly amazing Anping Tree House. What can I say – absolutely awesome to see before our very eyes the invasive power of the banyan tree when a building is left abandoned. The trees and their roots have over many years successfully strangled and just about suffocated the old house. This was an amazing sight and a demonstration of the wonders of Mother Nature.

The derelict building was the former warehouse for Tait and Co. During the Japanese period of occupation of Taiwan (between 1895 and 1945), it was used to store salt for the Anping Branch of the Japanese Salt Corporation. After the War it became the warehouse for the Taiwan Salt Corporation for a time, but then lay empty for many years when the banyan trees became the buildings new tenants forming a living banyan roof and walls of banyan roots. The complex was renovated to include raised wooden paths and an overhead steel walkway to enable tourists to enjoy this rather unique attraction today.

A brochure available at the Tree House aptly describes the banyan trees of the Anping Tree House. They belong to an invasive species that aggressively expands its territory and that the high exclusivity of the banyan ensures other epiphytic plants (any plant that grows upon another plant or object merely for physical support) will not encroach on their territory. It goes on to say that banyan trees thrive in humid places because their aerial roots are capable of absorbing moisture directly from the air. Roots of these trees secrete an acid that dissolves limestone, making them ideally suited to rocky environments. Thus the banyan trees found it very easy to cling to the brick walls of the building which were laid with a special mortar made of ground oyster shell, syrup and glutinous rice.

We enjoyed our thirty minute walk around the building seeing how the banyan tree roots have successfully blended into the building walls and the immense level of tree strangulation of the building that had taken place over time. It was well worth taking the stairs to the overhead steel walkway to get even better views of this amazing phenomenon.

This was a terrific place to visit, if nothing else because it represented something different from the usual temples and historic monuments or physical landforms such as rivers, lakes and mountains that we routinely visit in the course of our travels. As such, it is a highly recommended attraction to be included on any Taiwan touring itinerary.
Written 9 June 2020
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Steve K
New Taipei, Taiwan737 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Actually quite amazing. The walkways through the house are impressive, and the whole structure + nature aspect was pretty thought provoking. It is definitely worth a visit. 30 minutes should about wrap it up.
Written 10 February 2020
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RDHooghe
Kununurra, Australia6 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Was very much looking forward to this site, the merchant house was excellent. However the ‘treehouse’ was spoilt by stupid cardboard raspberries and doughnuts with faces blocking the banyan roots and obscuring all photos. Real shame!
Written 15 January 2020
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