I went on a short, half-day trip a little while back to Shinhwa Laojie recently. Shinhwa Laojie is an old commercial street in the town of Shinhwa where a block of old buildings have been preserved. It's only about an hour away from central Tainan by bicycle, so it's an easy trip to make.
I saw this same symbol on a building in Quemoy too. I wonder if this has some meaning in Han culture? I only know of it as the Star of David...
I liked the top-of-the-facade designs for these buildings. (I'm sure there's an architectural term for these things, but I don't know what to call them.)
Someone painted all of the buildings next to this town square the same color.
This building is a "Martial Arts Center". A lot of these buildings were built all over Japan in the pre-war period. At the time, since Taiwan was also part of Japan, a bunch were built here too. From what I understand though, most of them have since been torn down or converted to other uses. This one appears to still be pretty much in its original form, though it seems to be a museum now rather than an actual martial arts gym. It was closed for repairs though, so I was unable to get in and see.
7-11, viewed through the glass windows of the historic martial arts center.
That's it for Shinhwa. It's just a short trip out to here, so I recommend it to anyone who lives in Tainan and has a half-day or so to kill.