12/12/2023 — TAINAN, Taiwan — (BUSINESS WIRE)
Starting in 2024, a lineup of events will commence in Tainan City to celebrate the past four centuries of Tainan City’s history. The Tainan City Government held a press conference on Dec. 7, unveiling the inaugural presentation of the “Past, Present, Surprise” image video. This marked the official start of the “Tainan 400” celebration, welcoming locals and global travelers to explore Tainan and experience the ancient city’s forward-looking innovations.
This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20231212266912/en/
Releasing “Tainan 400”, a promotion video, Dec. 7, the Tainan City Government invites everyone to get acquainted with the seaside municipality that fuses new and old over four centuries and to experience its rich history while looking toward its future. (Photo: Business Wire)
Director-general of the Tainan City Cultural Affairs Bureau Hsieh Shih-yuan noted that the video begins with images of Qigu Salt Field, signifying the convergence of diverse communities drawn by the expansive sea. Culture, much like the crystallization of salt, plays a defining role in shaping Tainan’s progression into Taiwan’s esteemed cultural center. The footage led viewers through Tainan’s ancient sites, including its salt fields, city gates, Shuixian Temple, and centuries-old traditional markets, seamlessly integrating contemporary elements like music, dance, and fashion shows to depict the city’s harmonious merger of its rich history with modernity. The illuminated gates positioned at the salt fields and city gates emphasized Tainan’s continuous efforts to nurture its distinctive local culture, bridging tradition with innovation.
Mayor Huang Wei-che said that during the Age of Discovery in 1624, Taiwan became a focal point and witnessed the construction of a Dutch fortress in what was now Tainan City. This marked the inception of the “Tainan 400” series of festivities. Over these 400 years, various ethnic groups and cultures have experienced conflicts and fusion. He added that as 2024 approaches, “we look back on history, addressing our colonial past to pave the way for our future response to the eras to come and to establish the cultural groundwork for the next century.
Tainan, located in southern Taiwan and about 90 minutes away from Taipei by high-speed rail, is one of the island nation’s oldest cities and has long been hailed as the country’s cultural capital. It is also known for its culinary scene as well as a rich history in culture and religious activities.
Tainan City Government
Tseng Tzu Jung