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Kaohsiung, nicknamed Harbor Metropolis, is Taiwan’s third largest metropolis and residential to the nation’s largest port.
As soon as primarily an industrial hub, the town grown infinitely extra alluring in recent times. In 2018, the town even made Lonely Planet’s checklist of high 10 cities to go to on this planet.
With the most effective road artwork in Taiwan, glorious evening markets, a superbly revitalized waterfront, and islands akin to Qijin and Xiaoliuqiu simply offshore, Kaohsiung is an important addition to your Taiwan itinerary.
I’ve personally been to Kaohsiung quite a few occasions within the final 15 years. Each time I go to, I benefit from the metropolis greater than the final, particularly the Pier 2 Arts District and Qijin Island.
On this article, I’ll introduce my favourite locations to go to in Kaohsiung, beginning with the waterfront areas of Gushan and Yancheng Districts. Subsequent can be Central and Southern Kaohsiung adopted by historic Zuoying the famed Lotus Pond.
Lastly, I’ll cowl some Kaohsiung points of interest additional away, conserving in thoughts that ever since 2010, Kaohsiung “metropolis” contains all of what was Kaohsiung County, an space that stretches all the best way to Yushan (the tallest mountain in Taiwan) and Hualien and Taitung in jap Taiwan.
Getting To/Round Kaohsiung
For those who arrive in Kaohsiung by Hight Pace Rail, the town’s staying is in Zuoying, a district north of the town middle. From there, you possibly can switch onto the crimson line of the KMRT to get into the town middle. You may get discounted HSR tickets right here on Klook (join Klook with this hyperlink to get an NT 100 credit score utilized to your account!)
For those who arrive in Kaohsiung by common (TRA) prepare, you’ll arrive at Kaohsiung station within the metropolis middle, which additionally has a station on the crimson KMRT line.
Whereas the KMRT isn’t as complete because the Taipei MRT, there’s nonetheless likelihood you’ll be utilizing it. The Purple Line will get you to Zuoying Excessive Pace Rail station within the north or the Kaohsiung Airport within the south to the town middle.
The orange line intersects with the Purple Line at Formosa Boulevard, well-known for the Dome of Gentle artwork set up. The Orange Line travels east to west, offering entry to Gushan and Yancheng districts. For those who plan to journey the MRT so much, it can save you cash with this KMRT 1-day/2-day cross.
The Kaohsiung Round Gentle Rail (LRT), working since 2015, is slower than the MRT, however gives entry to a number of museums, malls, piers, and different points of interest.
There are additionally a number of bus routes (I recommend utilizing GoogleMaps) and YouBike docks in Kaohsiung. You’ll be able to swipe your EasyCard or Kaohsiung’s iPass for all public transportation, together with the ferry to Qijin.
You too can lease a scooter for getting round Kaohsiung.
The place to Keep in Kaohsiung
My favourite areas to remain in Kaohsiung is Yancheng. This can be a waterfront district that’s well-known for Pier 2 Artwork Middle and the Love River.
The waterfront is the town’s hippest space, with artwork shows, live performance venues, craft beer elements, museums, and the attractive new Kaohsiung Music Middle. It’s particularly lovely at evening. The ferry to Qijin can be a brief stroll away.
Final time I visited, I stayed at a small, pleasant, and conveniently situated resort referred to as KLA B&B (塩晶棧) (see on Reserving / TripAdvisor / Agoda). It had very personal, capsule-style dorm beds and was a brief stroll from Pier 2 and plenty of different sights.
The guesthouse occupies a home initially constructed within the Nineteen Thirties for a rear admiral within the Japanese navy. It sits in an deserted village of comparable homes, a few of which at the moment are leased out by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs. It’ll particularly attraction to anybody who loves Japanese-era homes or city exploration.
The guesthouse is inside biking distance of Lotus Pond and the proprietor speaks English.
Issues to Do in Gushan & Yancheng Districts
Gushan and Yancheng are two waterside districts in central Kaohsiung metropolis, going through Qijin island and the Kaohsiung Port.
The 2 small districts are residence to a number of of my favourite issues to do in Kaohsiung, and thus are my favourite place to remain when visiting the town.
Pier 2 Artwork Middle
Pier 2 Artwork Middle (駁二藝術特區) is a set of deserted warehouses courting to 1973 on Kaohsiung Port. In 2006, the warehouses have been transformed into an arts district.
Since then, the district appears to get bigger and higher with each passing 12 months. In 2015, the Kaohsiung mild rail began working proper alongside Pier 2, which solely provides to ambiance. The principle part of Pier 2 is about midway between Penglai Pier 2 station and Dayi Pier 2 stations on the KLRT
Pier 2 has a few of the finest road artwork in not solely Kaohsiung however the entire nation. There are additionally quite a few out of doors artwork installations, a number of of that are lit up and finest loved at evening. The warehouses comprise dozens of artwork galleries, artsy retailers, eating places, cafés, music venues, and bars.
As a result of there’s actually so much to see in Pier 2, I’ve written a separate, extra detailed information to Pier 2 Artwork Middle.
The subsequent three entries are additionally thought-about a part of Pier 2.
Pier 2 Warehouses
Moreover the principle part of Pier 2 Artwork Middle, there’s one other assortment of warehouses on the jap finish of Pier 2. It’s proper behind Dayi Pier 2 LRT station.
These warehouses are my favourite space at Pier 2. They comprise a number of impartial retailers, Beer Speak Café & Bar (which has a wonderful vary of beers, together with 1-litre sized glasses), Stay Warehouse (probably the greatest reside music venues in Kaohsiung), and a kids’s playcenter referred to as Fantastic Life.
Among the finest artwork installations within the Pier 2 space are discovered right here, between the warehouses, beside them within the area, and on the waterfront. See my Pier 2 information for a map and descriptions of them.
Trying east from this a part of Pier 2, Kaohsiung Music Middle (高雄流行音樂中心/音浪塔) is a beautiful, sprawling new complicated simply opened in 2021. It’s particularly lovely lit up at evening.
Penglai Space and Hamasan Museum of Taiwan Railway
There’s one other assortment of warehouses on the western finish of Pier 2 . It’s referred to as Penglai Space of Pier 2 Arts Middle (駁二蓬萊倉庫群).
Moreover a couple of murals, statues, the highest attraction right here is the surprisingly spectacular Hamasan Museum of Taiwan Railway (哈瑪星台灣鐵道館).
The museum homes essentially the most unbelievable miniature prepare mannequin show I’ve ever seen. Quite a lot of trains (HSR, TRA, MRT, and so forth) journey all through the room, which traverses Taiwan from Kaohsiung Port within the south to the northern tip of Taiwan, full with sunrises and sunsets.
An grownup ticket is NT149. You too can journey a small prepare exterior for NT 100. You’ll be able to guide your tickets on-line prematurely.
Banana Pier, Warehouse #2, & HOLO Park
Simply south of Penglai space, there’s one more assortment of warehouses. These embrace Banana Pier (香蕉碼頭海景宴會館), which is vibrant yellow and Kaohsiung Port Warehouse #2 (棧貳庫KW2). The latter homes a contemporary division retailer with a lot of souvenirs and upscale artsy merchandise on the market.
There are additionally a number of eating places inside. Strive Nook Cone (酷礦美式手作霜淇淋)for some artistic ice cream cones or Zhang Males(掌門精釀啤酒餐廳-棧貳庫店) for craft beer.
On the pier on the far western finish of the warehouse, there’s a reasonably white carousel (棧貳庫旋轉木馬).
You’ll be able to stroll straight east of the above warehouses to discover a small, free museum referred to as Kaohsiung Harbor Museum (高雄港港史館). The small, free museum comprises outdated photographs however not a lot else, and is homes within the outdated port tax constructing.
Additional east past that, HOLO Park (光禹浮空劇院生活廣場) is a small assortment of retailers, snack bars, and a double decker bus. From there, stroll via Massive Harbor Warehouse (410 or 大港倉410), essentially the most commercialized warehouses at Pier 2, cross Kaohsiung Massive Port Bridge (高雄港大港橋), and also you’ll be again on the primary space of Pier 2.
Hamasen Railway Cultural Park & Sky Balcony
Hamasan Railway Cultural Park (鐵道文化園區) is a big park simply off the waterfront in Gushan District. It was the situation of Kaohsiung Port Station, the primary railway station in Taiwan, the place trains would decide up cargo from ships.
At present, the park is a big, open house, with decommissioned railway traces working via it (though the brand new LRT now passes via). There are a couple of outdated trains on show within the park.
Sky Balcony (鐵道園區天空雲台) is on the northern finish of the park. It affords and glorious view wanting down on the railway traces in each instructions.
The park is open 24 hours.
Takao Railway Museum
Takao Railway Museum (舊打狗驛故事館) is housed within the unique 1930 wood prepare station at Kaohsiung Port Station.
There are only a few, however very attention-grabbing issues to see on this small, free museum. First, notice the unique schedule nonetheless written in chalk on the blackboard. It’s the timetable from December 20, 2008, the final time a prepare pulled into the station.
Additionally take a look at the 1935 Japanese portray of Taiwan. To not scale, the portray exhibits Kaohsiung considered from the south, with Yu Shan (Jade Mountain, Taiwan’s tallest peak) towering behind it, and Mt. Fuji within the distance.
Final however not least, don’t miss the spectacular unique timetable charts within the facet room, which present the occasions of each prepare and station in Taiwan. The stations are listed on the vertical and 24 hour clock on the horizontal. Prepare spotters used to make use of such charts to determine doable assembly factors of various trains.
Observe that the museum is closed on Mondays.
Shoushan Love Lookout & Monkey Mountain
In Gushan district, there’s a small chain of mountains referred to as Shoushan (壽山) and Chaishan (柴山), also referred to as “Monkey Mountain” for the massive variety of fearless esident macaques.
A brief hike up from the town will carry you to Shoushan Love Lookout (壽山情人觀景台), which affords probably the greatest views of Kaohsioung. The view is finest at evening, when the signal and metropolis are lit up.
A brief stroll from there’s the Kaohsiung Martyr’s Shrine (高雄市忠烈祠), which was closed after I final visited.
For those who’re into mountain climbing, there are quite a few mountain climbing trails on Shoushan and Chaishan. Seeing macaques is nearly assured, however don’t feed them, and watch out as a result of they’ll seize your issues.
You too can take into account mountain climbing right down to Chaishan Secret Seashore and Fishing Port (柴山祕境海灘/柴山漁港), the place there are a couple of chill cafés.
Wu De Martial Arts Middle
On the base of Shoushan, Wu De Martial Arts Middle (高雄武德殿) is a beautiful kendo and judo coaching middle from the Japanese colonial interval. The constructing dates to 1924 and is the one one in Taiwan that’s nonetheless used for its unique goal right now.
It’s free to enter, however attempt to not trouble anybody practising inside. The constructing is closed on Mondays.
Dengshan Lane 60 Historic Website
For those who observe Dengshan Street up previous Wu De Martial Arts Corridor for a couple of minutes and hold a proper on Lane 60, there’s a small historic sight that includes a 79-meter tunnel referred to as Time Tunnel Slide (時空廊道滑梯), which individuals are generally allowed to slip down.
Moreover the slide, there are a couple of historic landmarks close by, together with a 1938 Japanese air raid shelter. See this text for extra info.
Sizihwan Tunnel/Outdated Shoushan Cave
West of Wu De Martial Arts Corridor and Dengshan Lane 60, Sizihwan Tunnel (西子灣隧道 or Xiziwan Tunnel), also referred to as Shoushan Cave (原壽山洞) gives entry via to Siziwan neighborhood and seaside on the opposite facet of the hill.
The 300-meter tunnel is for pedestrians or cyclists solely (e-bikes additionally allowed, however not scooters). It’s open from 5 AM to midnight.
Sizihwan Seashore (西子灣海水浴場, or Xiziwan Seashore) is among the finest seashores in Kaohsiung Metropolis. Sadly, the seaside is owned by the growing older Sundown Seashore Resort (西子灣沙灘會館), which basically blocks public entry to it until you enter the resort and pay a small payment.
To get round it, after passing via Xiziwan Tunnel and strolling via Nationwide Solar-Yatsen College, flip left on Lianhai Rd (蓮海路) then proper into the resort’s car parking zone. For those who stroll to the top of the car parking zone, there’s a staircase up and over the wall that blocks entry to the seaside.
There’s technically no swimming on the seaside, however they don’t often cease folks from doing it.
On the southwestern nook of Gushan district, Sizihwan/Xiziwan Lookout (子灣觀景臺) is thought for its lovely sunsets searching at Qijin island and the doorway to Kaohsiung Port.
There’s a big wood platform for searching on the sea. Bus 99 is essentially the most helpful for getting right here and to the following entry.
British Consulate at Takow
The preferred attraction on this a part of Kaohsiung is the British Consulate at Takow (打狗英國領事館文化園區山上官邸), Takow being the previous title of Kaohsiung.
The crimson brick consulate constructing dates to 1865 at occupies a surprising location atop Shaochuantou (哨船頭). The views from the consulate wanting down on Sizihwan Bay and the Port of Kaohsiung are gorgeous.
There’s additionally a tea room, memento store, and small restaurant on website. You’ll have to climb a steep set of stairs to succeed in the consulate from the car parking zone on the ocean facet.
Qijin (旗津, additionally spelled Cijin) is a protracted, skinny island that types a pure barrier for Kaohsiung Port. The island affords quite a few points of interest, together with a fort, outdated road, seaside, seafood market, inventive sculptures, and temples. Discover all the small print in my information to Qijin island (coming quickly).
Qijin is finest discover by bicycle. To get there, catch a 10-minute ferry from Gushan Ferry Pier Station (鼓山輪渡站). You’ll be able to stroll, journey a motorbike, or scooter onto the ferry. Bikes can be rented upon arrival at Qijin.
Whereas there, don’t miss Qijin Sundown Bar (旗津沙灘吧), which has good meals, craft beer, and cocktails, overlooking Qijin Seashore.
Kaohsiung Metropolis Shou Shan Zoo
For guests touring round Taiwan with children, a enjoyable half day may be spent at Kaohsiung Metropolis Shoushan Zoo (高雄市壽山動物園).
The zoo is pretty typical, however what stood out essentially the most once we took our children for a go to was how the zoo guards carry round paintball weapons to shoot native macaques, who are likely to sneak in and trigger hassle.
Because the title suggests, the zoo is up on Shoushan mountain, so one of the best ways to reach is by taxi. Observe that the zoo is closed for renovations, however anticipated to open in late 2022.
Love River, Glory Pier, and 228 Peace Memorial Park
The Love River (愛河) is what separates Yancheng district from neighboring Qianjin district in Central Kaohsiung. The Love River is a picturesque space with strolling paths on either side of the river.
For those who occur to be in Kaohsiung for Lunar New Yr in Taiwan, the Kaohsiung Lantern Pageant often takes place alongside the river.
We actually loved eating at Tokyo Beer Corridor (東京酒埸-愛河店) on the east financial institution of Love River. Though the meals isn’t the most effective so far as fast fry eating places go (Taiwanese folks charge it very poorly, however I assumed it was tremendous), the river view is unbeatable, decorations make it stand out, and so they have higher beers on supply than most fast fry eating places.
600 meters up from the mouth of the river, Kaohsiung 228 Peace Memorial Park (高雄市二二八和平公園) is among the largest parks within the metropolis middle. The Kaohsiung Museum of Historical past is simply north of the park.
On the mouth of the river, on the Lingya district facet, Glory Pier is one more pier with large, grass-covered concrete lookout towers beside port, an important view of Kaohsiung Music Middle, and occasional arts & craft markets. There are additionally a number of grass-covered lookout towers with unbeatable views.
Central and Southern Kaohsiung Points of interest
A handful of districts (Qianjin, Lingya, Xinxing, and some others) make up what is taken into account the town middle core. There you’ll discover Kaohsiung Station, Central Park, the enduring 85 Sky Tower, and Kaohsiung’s most well-known evening markets.
There are additionally a couple of points of interest value mentioning additional south, largely in Qianzhen District, the place the Kaohsiung Airport is situated.
Dome of Gentle
Dome of Gentle (美麗島站 光之穹頂) is among the most recognizable symbols of Kaohsiung. This huge lit up artwork set up is present in Formosa Boulevard (美麗島站) station, on the intersection of the crimson and orange KMRT traces, one cease south of Kaohsiung station.
The set up was designed by Italian Narcissus Quagliata and is made up of 4500 items of glass, making it the most important glass paintings on this planet. The sunshine shows on the set up change constantly, so it’s enjoyable to face and look ahead to some time.
For those who go as much as the massive visitors circle above the station, the 4 huge glass entrances to the MRT are additionally lovely.
Liuhe Night time Market
Probably the most well-known evening market in Kaohsiung (amongst vacationers, specificially) is Liuhe Night time Market (六合夜市). The evening market is a brief stroll from Formosa Boulevard station.
Liuhe is cherished amongst vacationers due to its central location, lack of visitors, scrumptious Taiwanese meals, and since the stalls are areas out, so it’s by no means too crowded. There’s additionally a 7-Eleven out there that serves draft beer.
Discover out what to eat in my information to Kaohsiung’s evening markets (coming quickly).
Of the quite a few temples in Kaohsiung, Sanfeng (三鳳宮, additionally spelled Sanfong Temple) is value making the trek to for its massive courtyard with a cover of crimson lanterns. Ensure to go as much as the second ground for a wonderful view wanting down on the lanterns.
The temple is an 18-minute stroll from Kaohsiung station or 11-minute stroll from Liuhe Night time Market.
Hou Yi Procuring District
Hou Yi Procuring District (後驛商圈) is a small buying district only a few minutes on foot from Kaohsiung Station. It primarily runs alongside Anning Street (安寧街), with lanes veering off to the north and south. Once you first arrive, there’s a cute map of all of the retailers and cafés within the neighborhood.
The road can be nicknamed “Umbrella Road” for the cover of umbrellas that’s generally hung above the road. The umbrellas come and go, although – after I final visited there have been lanterns somewhat than umbrellas.
The lanterns are often lit from nightfall till round 9 pm.
Central Park (中央公園站) is the most important park in central Kaohsiung. It’s an oasis of peacefulness and greenery, with a big pond and walkways lined with palm bushes.
On the southern finish of the park, City Highlight (城市光廊) is a set of interactive mild shows at evening. Talee Division Retailer (大立A館) throughout the road additionally has a cool wall of lights on its exterior, going through the southwest nook of the park.
The big KMRT exit 1 is among the park’s most outstanding landmarks.
Hei Bonn Gōrudohausu
Hei Bon Gōrudohausu (平凡五金行) is a mini model of Taipei’s well-known Dependancy Aquatic. Basically it’s an upscale, Japanese-focused seafood market and grocery retailer.
At Hei Bon, the primary ground has fancy sakes, contemporary seafood aquariums, and take away meals. What friends are inspired to do is choose contemporary seafood or frozen objects, pay for them, then have them taken as much as the second ground, the place they are often loved as a scorching pot meal or cooked for you.
You too can pre-order sashimi trays (they typically aren’t on show – you must ask) to be taken away or loved upstairs. There are additionally gourmand desserts.
The store is about midway between Glory Pier and Luyunzhongxin stations on the LRT. You’ll have to seek for its Chinese language title on GoogleMaps.
Thanks to Tough Taipei for alerting me to this gem in considered one of her posts!
Weiwuying Road Artwork Village
Moreover Pier 2, Weiwuying Road Artwork Village (衛武營彩繪社區) is the most effective place in Kaohsiung to see road artwork. The entire neighborhood is a authorized road artwork district, so you possibly can see total buildings coated in murals.
To discover the village, take exit 5 from Weiwuying station and stroll north. The murals start on the level marked “WAllRIORS國際街頭藝術” on GoogleMaps and proceed one other 4 blocks north and a pair of blocks east from there. Wallriors is a collective of Kaohsiung-based road artists. You’ll discover a map firstly itemizing over 125 murals within the neighborhood.
By way of photographing the murals, I discovered that extra of them can be effectively lit if visiting within the morning somewhat than the afternoon.
Weiwuying is a number of stops east on the orange line. For those who’re on the lookout for extra to do within the space, Nationwide Kaohsiung Middle for the Arts (衛武營國家藝術文化中心) and the large Weiwuying Metropolitan Park (衛武營都會公園) are close by.
Water Tower Park (自來水公園) and Kaohsiung Citizen’s Avenue of the Arts (高雄市民藝術大道) are additionally attention-grabbing.
Nationwide Science and Expertise Museum
The Nationwide Science and Expertise Museum (國立科學工藝博物館) in Sanmin district is among the metropolis’s finest. You may simply spend a complete day discover the quite a few displays on website, together with a 3D theater.
To get there, take the TRA prepare to Science and Expertise Museum station, two stops east of Kaohsiung station.
85 Sky Tower & Observatory
The 85 Sky Tower (高雄85大樓 or Kaohsiung 85) is essentially the most recognizable skyscraper in Kaohsiung. At 378 meters, it’s the metropolis’s tallest. Opened in 1997, it was the tallest in all of Taiwan till Taipei 101 was accomplished in 2004. It’s mentioned to be formed just like the Chinese language character 高, and is 高雄 (gao xiong or Kaohsiung).
The Kaohsiung 85 Observatory (高雄85大樓) is situated on the 74th ground and affords and unparalleled view of the town and port. Entrance is lower than half the worth of Taipei’s 101’s observatory, at NT 250 (30 NT low cost if you happen to pay with iPass).
Take the MRT crimson line to Sanduo Procuring District, which is known as after the a number of massive department shops within the space.
Dream Mall and Kaohsiung Eye Ferris Wheel
Dream Mall (統一夢時代購物中心) in Qianzhen district is the most important division retailer in Taiwan. It ceaselessly hosts the New Yr’s Eve fireworks show in Kaohsiung.
The mall has all the pieces you’d anticipate in an enormous mall. Probably the most notable function is the 50-meter Ferris wheel referred to as Kaohsiung Eye (夢時代高雄之眼摩天輪) on the rooftop. The Ferris wheel may be seen from throughout Kaohsiung Port, particularly when lit up at evening.
The mall may be accessed from Dream Mall station on the LRT or a 12-minute stroll from Kaisyuan station on the crimson MRT line.
SKM Park/Suzuka Circuit Park
SKM Park (previously Taroko park, named after a enterprise group, not Taroko Gorge in Hualien) is one other division retailer in southern Kaohsiung.
This one primary stands out for its out of doors amusement park, referred to as Suzuka Circuit Park (鈴鹿賽道樂園). The park contains a 1/10 scale go-karting monitor modeled on the F1 raceway in Suzuku, Japan. You may get discounted tickets to the park right here.
The amusement park options a number of different rides and points of interest, lots of which can attraction to guests to Kaohsiung with youthful children. The mall itself additionally comprises a number of enjoyable points of interest, together with bowling, trampoline park, laser tag, kids’s bowling, sports activities middle, and kids’s indoor playcenter.
Right here’s an article I wrote for Journey in Taiwan journal masking the park. The park is at Caoya station, one cease earlier than the Kaohsiung Airport, on the crimson line.
Issues to do in Zuoying
Kaohsiung’s Zuoying district lies north of the town middle. Moreover being the situation of the town’s Excessive Pace Rail station, some of the well-known Kaohsiung sights is there: Lotus Pond.
There are a couple of lesser recognized historic sights round Lotus Pond. For those who determine to base your self within the space, I like to recommend spending an evening or two at A Contact of Zen Guesthouse (see on reserving / Agoda), which is ready is a Japanese-era residence.
Ruifeng Night time Market
Ruifeng Night time Market (瑞豐夜市, additionally spelled Rueifong Night time Market) might be essentially the most well-known evening market in Kaohsiung amongst locals. It comprises tons of of meals stalls spanning conventional classics to trendy, modern objects.
The evening market is situated south of Lotus Pond, however slightly far to stroll – biking is right. From the town middle, you may get there from Kaohsiung Area MRT station of the crimson line. Take exit 1.
Certainly one of Kaohsiung’s most well-known points of interest is Lotus Lake (蓮池潭). It’s a man-made lake courting to 1951 with a few dozen spectacular temples lining its shores, some with pavilions constructed out on the water. The lake is thought for its lotus flowers, which lend the lake its title.
Most of Lotus Pond’s points of interest are on the western shore. It’s doable to stroll between them, however because of the distance, biking is healthier. There are 5 YouBike stations across the lake.
For guests to Kaohsiung with children, there’s additionally a big playground on the northeastern shore referred to as Lianchitan Youngsters’s Playground (蓮池潭兒童公園).
It’s a few 15-minute stroll from the again facet of Zuoying HSR station to the north finish of the lake, however you’ll want half-hour or extra to succeed in the principle temples that you simply in all probability wish to see. There are a pair YouBike stations exterior the HSR station, too.
If coming from the Kaohsiung Metropolis Middle, get off at Ecological District MRT station. There’s a YouBike station exterior the MRT, or you possibly can stroll to the southern finish of the lake (15 miniutes)
The subsequent 4 entries are all on Lotus Pond.
Kaohsiung Zuoying Confucius Temple
Kaohsiung’s primary Confucius Temple (高雄左營孔子廟) is the northernmost temple on Lotus Pond and the closest one to the HSR station. It’s the largest Confucius temple in all of Taiwan (you may as well see a serious Confucius temple in Taipei, Taiwan’s oldest Confucius temple in Tainan, and one other in Taichung).
The Confucius temple just isn’t proper on the lake shore. The walled temple compound is in a big, peaceable backyard.
On the backside of the backyard, beside Wechang Temple (文昌祠, which was the temple’s library, however now appears to be closed to the general public), there’s a bridge that crosses to the opposite facet of the lake.
Zuoying Yuandi Temple
Virtually midway down the lake, Zuoying Yuandi Temple (玄天上帝神像) is among the lake’s most photographed sights. The temple’s most evident function is a walkway referred to as Arctic Pavilion (北極亭) that sticks 120 meters out into the lake.
The pavilion leads out to an infinite, 72-meter statue of the Daoist god Xuan Wu (or the Yuandi Emperor). The god holds a 37.5-meter sword in his proper hand and is stepping on a snake along with his left foot. The streams from his head are a part of his imperial gown.
The cave-like temple on the base of the statue is stuffed with gaudy colours and decorations. There’s additionally a big coy pond alongside the pavilion.
Spring and Autumn Pavilions
The subsequent main temple on the lake is the Spring and Autumn Pavilions (春秋御閣). There you’ll discover a cluster of considerably dated statues (together with considered one of Guanyin driving a dragon), water fountains, and pavilions on the lake shore.
Spring and Autumn Pavilions refers back to the two tall octagonal towers. Previously, you might stroll into the dragon’s mouth and thru a tunnel to entry the 125-meter walkway throughout the lake to Wuliting (五里亭). Nevertheless, this has been closed for a while.
A lot of lotus flowers may be seen within the water across the pavilions. A big Buddhist temple referred to as Qimingtang (啟明堂) is throughout the road from the pavilions.
Dragon and Tiger Pagodas
Together with the large Yuandi statue, Dragon and Tiger Pagodas (龍虎塔) are the most well-liked and photographed sight on Lotus Pond. The dual pagodas lie on the southwestern nook of the lake, additionally surrounded by lotus flowers.
The 2 seven-story pagodas stand proper on the lake. The doorway to every is thru the mouth of a big dragon and tiger statue. Each entrances have been closed throughout COVID. The 9 Curves Bridge (九曲橋) results in the them.
Simply south of the pagodas, there’s a useful 7-Eleven, YouBike station, washrooms, and huge park.
Fengshan Outdated Metropolis
Fengshan (鳳山, or Fongshan) was a metropolis constructed firstly of the Qing Dynasty in what’s now Zuoying district. It was the primary walled metropolis in all of Taiwan. For anybody fascinated about historical past, you possibly can journey your bike from Lotus Pond a go to a couple of stays of the outdated metropolis.
From Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, you are able to do a biking loop round Turtle Mountain (龜山). The primary cease can be Fongyi (Fengyi) Gate, the unique east gate of the town (鳳山縣舊城 東門(鳳儀門)), which is on the border of a park. From 9:30 to five PM, you possibly can really stroll up onto the outdated metropolis wall.
Subsequent, cycle to Qiwen Gate, of the outdated south gate (鳳山縣舊城 南門(啟文門)), which lies on the middle of a visitors circle. From there, take into account a facet journey to Guomao Group Park (see subsequent entry under).
Final, make your means again to Lotus Pond through Gongcheng Gate, the unique northern gate (鳳山縣舊城 北門(拱辰門)), the place you may as well stroll alongside a bit of the wall.
Guomao Group Park
The Guomao Group Park (果貿社區公園) is a navy dependents village and Instagram scorching spot. Army dependents villages have been constructed throughout Taiwan to accommodate soliders of the KMT military once they first occupied Taiwan.
Lots of these villages now home inventive points of interest, akin to Rainbow Village and Guanfu Village in Taichung or 44 South Village in Taipei. Nevertheless, this one is a dwelling neighborhood, whose occupants have been moved to 13 massive buildings there within the Sixties, making it the most important such village in Taiwan.
However what actually makes Guomao Group Park stand out is the round form of the 2 massive flats across the park. You probably have a large sufficient lens, you possibly can seize a circle of buildings wanting up.
Farewell 886 Army Veteran Village
Farewell 886 (再見捌捌陸-臺灣眷村文化園區) is one other navy dependents village. This one is situated 10 minutes north of Lotus Lake by bike. It’s considered one of a number of navy villages for the Japanese navy that have been constructed within the Zuoying space.
Farewell 886 preserves a handful of such residences which belonged to commanders and excessive rating naval officers. At present, a couple of are set as much as appear to be they unique did, full with inside furnishings and on a regular basis objects. There’s a small payment to enter.
The title refers to not Taiwan’s phone code however to the truth that there arer supposedly 886 navy dependents villages throughout the nation.
For those who’re fascinated about Japanese-style properties or this a part of Taiwan’s historical past, I extremely suggest staying in A Contact of Zen Guesthouse, which is simply across the nook from 886. It affords the change to remain within the former home of a rear admiral within the Japanese navy.
Additional Afield in Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung metropolis in reality spans some 125 kilometers from the coast all the best way to Yushan, the tallest mountain in Taiwan. That’s as a result of the town encompasses all of what was referred to as Kaohsiung county.
The next sights are all situated in Kaohsing “metropolis”, however exterior of the town middle. They might be thought-about day journeys from Kaohsiung.
Planning to go to Kenting Nationwide Park earlier than or after Kaohsiung? Right here’s an categorical shuttle bus from Kaohsiung Airport or HSR station to Kenting.
Fo Guang Shan
Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) is the headquarters of one of many 4 primary Buddhist organizations in Taiwan. The big Buddhist monastery is the most important in all of Taiwan and is situated about an hour east of the town middle in Dashu district.
The sprawling complicated contains the unique Foguangshan Monastery, the place it’s doable to spend the evening, a Buddhist college, and the newer Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum (佛光山佛陀紀念館), which options the most important Buddha statue within the nation.
There’s so much to learn about visiting Foguangshan, so head over to my Foguangshan information for all the small print.
Bus 8501 from the Zuoying HSR station goes to each Foguangshan and E-Da. You too can get there by taking this half-day tour from Kaohsiung.
E-Da Theme Park
E-Da Theme Park (義大遊樂世界) is among the largest theme parks in Taiwan. Because it additionally in Dashu District, and on the identical bus route that may take to Foguangshan, it’s doable to mix these two Kaohsiung points of interest into someday journey.
The theme park contains a number of rides, 4D expertise, a monorail, toddler play space, erupting volcano, 80-meter Ferris wheel, and a Santorini theme. There’s a mall on website with a gigantic slide. You’ll be able to lower your expenses in your E-Da ticket by reserving right here.
Moon World Panorama Park
Because the title suggests, Moon World Panorama Park (月世界遊客中心) contains a lunar panorama, with dry, rugged hills, cracked earth, and dust volcanoes.
A straightforward strolling path leads via the world, together with a big pond and dust volcano (月世界泥火山). Entrance is free.
For an additional sight with comparable surroundings in Kaohsiung, however lesser recognized, go to 18 Arhats Mountain (十八羅漢山) in Liugui District.
To get to Moon World, take the prepare to Gangshan station then hop on bus 8012. The identical bus continues on to Qishan Outdated Road.
Qishan Outdated Road
For those who’re on the lookout for an outdated road expertise in Kaohsiung, Qishan Outdated Road (旗山老街, additionally spelled Cishan) might be the most effective. Outdated streets are streets with outdated structure which have been partially restored and are lined with meals stalls, attracting lots of native folks.
Qishan Outdated Road options baroque-style buildings and snacks made with substances from the encircling agricultural space. As a result of it’s near Meinong Village, the 2 can simply be mixed as a day journey from Kaohsiung.
To get there, take the prepare to Gangshan station, then bus 8012 from Gangshan Bus station. It’ll cease at Moon World (see earlier entry) on the best way.
Meinong Hakka Village
Meinong (美濃) is a small, genuine Hakka village within the district of the identical title. It’s the most well-known Hakka village in southern Taiwan (to be taught extra concerning the Hakka folks, see my guides to Miaoli and Nanzhuang village in northern Taiwan).
The most effective place to discover native Hakka tradition is at Meinong People Village (美濃民俗村). There you possibly can style Hakka meals, find out about their tradition, and paper a hand-made Hakka paper umbrella, which the village is legendary for. I’ve had mine hanging in my front room ever since I first visited the village a few years in the past.
There are a number of different easy eating places on the town serving Hakka meals, akin to bantiao noodles (粄條).
To get there, take bus E25 from Zuoying Excessive Pace Rail station.
Each winter in Taiwan, from round December to March, thousands and thousands of Taiwanese purple crow butterflies flock to Maolin district in central Kaohsiung.
The most effective locations to see the butterflies are on the Maoling Butterfly Path (茂林賞蝶步道) in Purple Butterfly Valley (紫蝶幽谷). From the car parking zone, a straightforward strolling path offers you the possibility to see hundreds of butterflies, however watch out for crowds throughout weekends in season.
Getting there by public transport is slightly robust. First get your self to Meinong, then catch Pleasure Bus H31, which affords additional companies in season. You too can take the prepare to Pingtung station, then catch bus 8218B. Funds no less than two hours to get there.
Siaogangshan Skywalk Park
Siaogangshan Skywalk Park (崗山之眼 or Xiaogangshan) is a brand new park that includes a big violin-shaped platform. Since opening in 2018, it has change into a very talked-about attraction.
A spiral staircase leads as much as the viewing platform, which affords a commanding view of the encircling countryside and Agongdian Water Reservoir (阿公店水庫). Elements of the skywalk ground are fabricated from glass, so you possibly can the forest under.
To get there, take the MRT to the northern terminal cease on the crimson line, Gangshan South Station, and catch a taxi (NT 300). Entrance is NT 100.
Baolai Sizzling Spring
Baolai Sizzling Springs (寶來溫泉) is a scorching spring village means up within the mountains of jap Kaohsiung. The recent springs come from the Baolai River, which flows previous the village. The recent springs listed here are surrounded by beautiful mountain surroundings,
Like all scorching spring villages in Taiwan, the village contains a vary of scorching spring choices. Baolai Public Sizzling Springs (寶來花賞溫泉公園) has foot bathing swimming pools (NT 150) or full physique swimming pools (NT 350) that are lately renovated and on lovely grounds. There are additionally cute personal cabanas.
Grand Orchid Resort Villa (see on Reserving / TripAdvisor) affords rooms with personal tubs and rooms with views the place you possibly can spend the evening. You’ll be able to see the resort grounds and scorching springs within the above video.
To get there from Kaohsiung Railway Station, take bus No. 8025 to Liugui city. From there, take bus H11 (5 companies a day) or a taxi to Baolai.
Different extra distant scorching springs you could hike to within the space embrace Lao Lao Sizzling Spring (荖荖溫泉), Qi Keng Sizzling Spring (七坑溫泉), Shi Keng Sizzling Spring (十坑溫泉), and Shisan Keng Sizzling Spring (十三坑溫泉).
Keziliao and Hsinta Harbor Fish Markets
The simplest fishing port to go to in Kaohsiung is Keziliao (蚵仔寮港觀光魚市, prounced e-ah-liao within the Taiwanese language – e-ah means oyster).
Like most fish harbors throughout Taiwan, you could find an enormous vary of contemporary seafood, sashimi, sit-down eating places, and dried seafoods to remove. The market runs from round midday to sundown.
The harbor is on the coast west of the large Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park and Metropolitan Park station on the northern reaches of the crimson MRT line. The easiest way to get there’s by taxi from Metropolitan park station.
Hsinta Harbor Fish Market (興達港觀光漁市, additionally spelled Xingta) is much more standard than Keziliao, however it’s tougher to get to, as it’s additional north in Kaohsiung, close to the border with Tainan.
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