Our day in Tainan started with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a morning jaunt in search of a historic Christian seminary in downtown Tainan. It looked pretty close on the map, and we could actually see it from our hotel room. . .getting there on foot was more an adventure than we anticipated. (We did this in part to help quell our nerves ahead of our orphanage visit.) Many streets of Tainan lack sidewalks and instead forced us to manuever uneven walkways in front of shops or walk on the road in some areas. And when the walkable area ended, we detoured to avoid being run over by scooters and cars.
After about a 20-30 minute hot walk, we found it: Tainan Theological College & Seminary.
“Tainan Theological College and Seminary was established in 1876 by Dr. Thomas Barclay, only eleven years after the first British Presbyterian missionaries and Fukienese evangelists arrived in Taiwan. This is the oldest theological school on the island. For most of its history it was small but highly regarded. After World War II the faculty and student body grew and the school developed an international reputation in undergraduate and graduate theological education.” – From the seminary website
The campus sits adjacent to a temple in Tainan. After finding the building, we found a cab driver and returned to our hotel to check out before heading to the orphanage.
(Our Day in Tainan – To Be Continued)