The center was formerly the Maodou Sugar Factory, built by Meiji Sugar Co in 1910. It was later taken over by Taiwan Sugar Co. and was closed in 1993 when production costs became too high. Management was taken over by Tainan City Government in 2001 and it was transformed into the Nan-Ying Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center. These days the aroma of cane sugar is absent but you can now find a community art and culture space with a rich cultural atmosphere. The spacious grounds have four original buildings from the sugar factory days. There is also a camphor tree lined “green tunnel.” Riding through it on a bicycle is a pleasant experience.
Historic Buildings: The red brick main office (Red Building), the restaurant, the wooden guesthouse, and the director’s house were all built in the Japanese occupation era. They were designated historic sites in 1999. The four buildings are all distinctive in appearance and are now open to the public.
Other Areas: Idle sugar factory space is put to use in various ways. The document storage room is now the Yan Shui-long Memorial Hall, commemorating the father of Taiwan’s life crafts. The former health care room is now a glass art studio, the former kindergarten a music teaching and practice space, and the former meeting room is now used for painting classes. There are more than ten air raid shelters on the grounds which have also become spaces for art.
Madou Daitian Temple: the temple, also called Wuwang Temple, was built in 1857 and rebuilt in 1956. The Wu Fu Qian Sui plague god birthday parade, held every three years at the temple, is an important religious event for local people.
Dianji Theater: Located on Zhonghan Road, Madou’s old street, this theater was built in 1937 featuring baroque elements. It was once a venue for silent and sound films, Gezai opera, Budai glove puppet, and song and dance shows. Today, it is run down and closed but brings back many memories for local people.
Route 1: Nan-Ying Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center → Madou Daitian Temple →Zhongshan Road Old Street → Bowl Rice Cake
Route 2: Madou Old Residence → Madou Old Street → Dianji Theater → Nan-Ying Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center
How to Get There
Public Transport: Train to Tainan → Tainan bus headed for Madou → get off at Madou bus stop → taxi to cultural center (5-10 min.)
Self-Drive: Freeway 1 → Madou Interchange → County Hwy 171 → cultural center (5-10 min.)
Nan-Ying Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center
Wed ~ Sun, 9 am ~ 5 pm; lunch break from 12 noon to 1 pm on weekdays, no lunch break on weekends and holidays (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)