The Anping Tree house is a former salt warehouse in Tainan, dating back to the Qing Dynasty. The building is now completely covered in banyan trees, hence its name as the Anping Tree House. It is a special historical monument and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tainan. The house is completely covered in mangrove roots, making it look like the walls, roof, and floor are actually made from a living tree.
The Anping Tree house was originally a warehouse built during the Qing dynasty storing sugar and camphor after the Qing Dynasty opened the port to international trade in 1858, created by Tait & Company behind the Tait & Company Merchant House. During the Japanese era, it was used to store salt, another important product from Tainan.
After WWII, the building was used as a salt warehouse, and then it fell into disrepair for many years.
It was opened as a tourist attraction in 2004.
50 NT per person (or 150 NT for this and three other historical sites in Tainan).
Every day 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
How to get there:
By Car/Scooter: From central Tainan go west on Minsheng Road until it becomes Anping Road. After that keep going until you see the tower.
By Bus: Take Tainan Bus 2 from Tainan Train Station to Anping Old Fort station. The ride takes about an hour.
Please see below:
I have been to Anping Tree house twice and each time I have been amazed. It is almost completely covered in plant matter, and is truly a unique ruin in Taiwan.
First view of the tree house after walking past the Tait & Company Merchant House.
Side view of the house. Cement that once covered the wall has almost completely fallen off.
First view of the inside.
There are steps and a catwalk on the top of the building so you can enjoy the view from above.
View of the main entrance.
A roof of banyan vines.
Old rotted portion of the roof.
Closer look at the rotted ceiling beams.
I guess this is like a nature photography exhibit thing.
Roof of trees.
The banyan roots here really do look like a roof.
Explanation of the nearby Salt Administration building, Salt Companies, and Saltworks in Anping.
Explanation of Dutch settlements and Fort Zeelandia.
Tree overtaking an outer wall.
The other side of the building, with considerably less trees.
Another view from inside with some nature exhibits.
View of the rotting ceiling beams.
Another view looking north.
More of the vine covered roof.
View looking straight down from the top.
Another view from the catwalk above.
More banyan trees suspended in the air.
More concrete falling off the brick walls.
Some nice poetry about banyan trees. There wood is not useful but they are good for shade.
At the back of the salt warehouse, there is another catwalk that has a good view of the surrounding area.
Another view of the back of the building, with a metal brace holding up a banyan tree.
There is a water wheel cycling machine that you can play on out back.
You can also feed the coy fish in the water.
Another view of the tree house.
View of the wetlands to the north and a historical timeline.
Looking east along the levee.
Also right next to the tree house is the Tait and Co. Merchant house, which is worth checking out.
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