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Hayashi Department Store

No.63 Section 2, Zhongyi Road, Zhongxi District, Tainan 700, Taiwan
+886 6 221 3000
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Interesting Building

Not a department store like Macys. Built by the Japanese in 1932 with the first working elevator... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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A historical departmental store

Hayashi departmental store was first opened in the 1932 and it is the oldest departmental store in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 civilization in Taiwan. As the electric lamps, telephone, and water supply lines popularized, symbols of civilization such like the airplane and motor vehicles flooded into Taiwan. The cafés were becoming the fad of the day, as well as pop culture, movies, phonographs and jazz music. People´s mentality was opening up, and freewill dating was taking over arranged marriages, while dresses was replacing kimonos and Westernized education was popularizing. This was Taiwan in the 1930s. In 1932, Columbia Records Company released the eponymous theme song for a movie in Taiwanese "Peach Blossom Weeps Tears of Blood". In 1933, Teng Yu-hsien's popular song "Viva Tonal: The Dancing Age" helped to launch the first pop music singer Sun-sun (born Lau Tsing-hiong or Lau Chheng-hoing,1914-43) in Taiwan. In the same year Teng wrote and published three classic Taiwanese songs "Bang Chhun-Hong(Looking for the Spring Breeze)", "U ia hue(Flower in the Rainy Night)"and "Guat-ia Tshiu(Sadness in a Moony Night)". As the Pacific War broke out, the final waltz in the Dancing Age of Taiwanwas played. And so the Hayashi Department Store ended its brief yet splendid rendezvous with Tainan. 【The Founder of Hayashi Department Store: Hayashi Houichi】 Hayashi Department Store (ハヤシ百貨) was known to the Tainan people as "The Five-Stories-House"(Gō͘-chàn-lâu-á). It was founded by Japanese businessman Hayashi Houichi. Born in a village in the mountains of Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan on February 6th, 1883, Hayashi lost his parent in his childhood, and was raised by his uncle and aunt. After their death, he grew up on his own means with his brothers and sisters. In 1902, at the tender age of 19, he left the village and entered the Sanyou Railway Company, and left the company 6 years later to start his own delivery company. Still at a tender age, Hayashi wrapped up his company in April, 1912 and came to Tainan the same year to try his luck. Fortunately, he found a mentor in Baba Tokujirou, the owner of Nichikichi Gofukuya, a traditional attire shop, who gave Hayashi a job as bookkeeper in the shop. Hayashi learned about the market, and with his vision and ability, he opened a little shop in Baba's residence, located at Oomiyachou Icchoume Nibannchi (Now the street corner across Quanmei Cinema). Two other shops followed and Hayashi made his first fortune. Investing in four other companies, Hayashi eventually accumulated enough capital to found Hayashi Department Store. The Department Store formally opened on December 5th., 1932, just days after the first department store in Taiwan, Kikumoto Department Store, also known as The Seventh Heaven, opened in Taipei City. Thus Hayashi Department Store became the second large department store in Taiwan, as well as the largest department store in southern Taiwan. Unfortunately, Hayashi himself fell ill days before, and passed away in Taipei on December 10th, 1932. Early January in 2013, Hayashi's second daughter-in-law, Hayashi Chieko and her family came from Japan to visit the Hayashi Department Store. This was the first time a Hayashi family's member entered the building after 80 years. Pale and Lackluster Years After WWII (1945~2013) After the WWII ended in the Pacific in 1945, Hayashi Department Store, damaged by air raids during the war, was transformed into offices by Taiwan Salt Factory and the "Salt Police". The top floor was used for anti-aircraft warfare. In 1977, the Salt Police was transformed into the Third Special Police Corps, and the building was mostly occupied by Taiwan Salt Company, which eventually moved its office to the current Jiankang Road site. Only until 1998 Hayashi Department Store was classified as a Municipal Heritage Site, and the ownership was transferred to the Tainan City Government. Restoration was completed in 2013. A Newborn Sprout in the Spring (2013) After the restoration was completed in 2013, the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Tainan City Government launched a bid for outsourcing of the management right and after an open bidding selection, Focus (Koche Development Company) won the bid. After 81 years, Hayashi Department Store will welcome a renaissance as Tainan Cultural Creative Department Store, becoming a window towards a New Modern Age in Tainan, and telling new stories of a newborn sprout of spring. So the New Life Movement has begun in Tainan.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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No.63 Section 2, Zhongyi Road, Zhongxi District, Tainan 700, Taiwan
West Central District/ North District
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hayashi departmental store was first opened in the 1932 and it is the oldest departmental store in Tainan and the second oldest in whole Taiwan. The locals call it Lin's Department Store (林百貨) or Five Stories (五層樓). During its heydays, it was regarded to be...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Hayashi is a heritage department store selling interesting things. We brought some tea leaves, snacks and clothing. It would have been a wonderful shopping experience if not for our experience with unprofessional cashiers at level 1 and level 5. They were rude and even...More

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Reviewed 22 April 2018

My wife brought me to this department store during our trip to Tainan. Apparently it is the VERY first department store ever in Taiwan. My first thought was "oh no...we are going shopping..." but after I got there, I realized it was kind of a...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This is a nice department store which sells lovely and unique products. It’s a good place to take a look but I did not manage to buy anything as the prices are quite expensive. I wanted to get a small piece of handmade soap but...More

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

An old department store from 1932 renovated and kept its original details and flavor. Inside we found everything from taiwanese designer items to food and clothes. Lovely!

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

A good place to relax and admire this lovely building. The top floor has cafes to admire the surrounding area. Ground floor sells food items of the past and other floors boutique items.

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Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

Great place to stroll through while in the city center. The rooftop show casing the previous history of the building is the main highlight.

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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

The department store was built in the early 20th century and has been restored to its current department store shopping building comprises of 5 floors of unique local or ancient products. The elevator still is maintained of its formal glory of the needle elevator but...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Maybe you'll head straight to the roof to see the WWII damage, I have gone twice and appreciate the art deco style and the unique things about the store. If it's a hot day, I suggest a popsicle sold on the roof or better yet,...More

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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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