Taiwanese folk surnamed Zheng have good reason to be pround of their ancestry. Zheng Chenggong (鄭成功, 1624-1662), better known as Koxinga, is remembered throughout the Chinese world as the man who evicted the Dutch from Taiwan and introduced classical Chinese culture and values to the island. In his honor, Koxinga's descendants maintain the Zheng Family Shrine (鄭氏家廟), which in appearance resembles many other medium-sized temples in Taiwan. Before stepping inside, note the miniature statue of Koxinga as a child with his mother; it was donated to the shrine in 2000 by Hirado, the town in Nagasaki Prefecture where he was born.
All five effigies in the main hall represent Koxinga, suggesting the lineage hasn't produced anyone nearly as important in the three and a half centuries since. In 2006, 14th-generation descendants of Frederik Coyett, the Swedish-born VOC governor who surrendered Fort Zeelandia to Koxinga, came to pay their respects. They presented a copy of the Coyett coat of arms; it can be seen in the main hall on the left, beside a statuette of Koxinga as he looked aged seven (the age at which he left his mother's native Japan for China). There's also a chunk of rock from Koxinga's birthplace, and a rusty cannonball said to be a 17th-century original.
Best visited as part of a walking tour, the temple can also be reached from Tainan TRA Station by bus no. 2. Get off near the Literature Museum, then walk down Zhongheng Road until you reach Zhongyi Road.