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A Information to Pier 2 Artwork Heart, Kaohsiung’s Coolest Hangout


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Pier-2 Artwork Heart (駁二藝術特區) is my private favourite of the various issues to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s largest port metropolis.

The middle options a number of assortment of deserted transport warehouses on the Kaohsiung Port, close to the doorway to the port and reverse the northern finish of Qijin Island. Many of the present warehouses date to the Seventies.

After being deserted, they have been transformed to an arts district in 2006. Since then, the district retains getting bigger and extra superior yearly. Pier-2 is however one in every of 122 piers in Kaohsiung Port, however since increasing, the realm we now name “Pier 2” truly encompasses piers 1 by means of 10.

As we speak, the warehouses home a whole lot of retailers, cafes, artist studios, music venues, bars, and extra. The world has a few of the finest road artwork not simply in Kaohsiung however all of Taiwan.

The addition of the Kaohsiung Mild Rail in 2015, which runs alongside the waterfront, and the beautiful Kaohsiung Music Heart in 2021, have solely added to the revitalization efforts.

There may be quite a bit to see and do at Pier 2, so it may be laborious to even know the place to start. I’ve written this information to introduce the assorted sections of Pier 2 and the neighboring piers, which undoubtedly deserve not less than half a day in your Kaohsiung itinerary. The pier is particularly atmospheric at night time.

Attending to Pier 2 & The place to Keep

A light rail train driving on Pier 2 in Kaohsiung
The KLRT descends onto Pier 2

When you’re coming from Zuoying Excessive Velocity Rail Station or anyplace in central Kaohsiung, hop on the KMRT and get off at Yanchengpu station, from the place it’s a 5-minute stroll to Pier 2. (Notice: you may get discounted HSR tickets right here on Klook!)

The Kaohsiung Mild Rail (LRT) will get you even nearer, because it runs proper alongside Pier 2. Dayi Pier 2 Station is on the japanese finish, whereas Penglai Pier 2 Station is on the western finish. Nonetheless, the LRT is quite sluggish, so it solely is sensible to trip it should you’re coming from someplace close to an LRT station.

Watch out for LRTs cruising by means of Pier 2, as there’s no barricade. Crossing the barricade at a non-designated spot can lead to an enormous high-quality.

You can even hire a scooter right here in Kaohsiung.

When you’d like to remain within the space, I extremely advocate KLA B&B (塩晶棧) (see on Reserving / TripAdvisor / Agoda). It’s a quick stroll away from Pier 2 and has very non-public, capsule-like dorm rooms in a quiet neighborhood.

Pier 2 Artwork Heart: Essential Part

A giant robot and mural at Pier 2 Art Center
The unique core of Pier 2 Artwork Heart, with LRT tracks operating previous

The part labeled “Pier 2 Arts Heart” on GoogleMaps is the unique core of Pier 2. It’s roughly midway between Penglai Pier 2 station and Dayi Pier 2 stations on the LRT. The warehouses listed below are numbered C1-5.

A number of the finest murals and artwork installations will be seen on the most important part of Pier 2 (Associated: for nice road artwork in Taipei, see my information to Ximending!)

These artworks embody a big transformer robotic statue and a powerful mural of Kaohsiung Prepare Station. Down by the water, there’s a big rainbow with the phrase “Kaohsiung” painted on the sidewalk, in addition to a big artwork set up product of vibrant crimson transport containers.

Housed within the warehouses, you’ll find as Eslite Bookstore, Starbucks, and a small cinema (in89駁二電影院).

A giant red monster statue at Pier 2 Art Center
Notice the face on his wiener…
A large painted mural of Kaohsiung Station at Pier 2 Art Center
Big mural of Kaohsiung Prepare Station

Love public artwork? Don’t miss my information to Rainbow Village in Taichung and 321 Artwork Alley Settlement in Tainan!

Pier 2 Warehouses

A colorful parrot statue on a tree on the side of a warehouse in Pier 2 Art Center at night
Parrot statue on one of many warehouses

On the japanese finish of Pier 2, proper subsequent to Dayi Pier 2 LRT station, is one other assortment of warehouses. They’re numbered C6–11.

These warehouses include a few of the coolest smaller/impartial retailers within the space, protecting ceramics, jewellery, arts & crafts, bakeries, cafés, and extra. There’s additionally a kids’s playcenter referred to as Fantastic Life.

An art installation made of stacked chairs in Pier 2 Art Center
Chair Sheet Music artwork set up

A few of Pier 2’s finest artwork installations are on this part, together with Taiwan Dream (台灣夢), Chair Sheet Music (椅子樂譜), Massive Tree Universe (大樹宇宙-愛河森林慢板), Absorbed by Mild (手機人生), and Peeing Boy Portray.

A painting of a boy on a wall in Pier 2 Art Center and it looks like he's peeing
Peeing boy paintings

Probably the greatest craft beer bars in Kaohsiung, Beer Discuss Café & Bar, will be present in C11. It options an enormous vary of beers, 1 liter-sized mugs, and 2-for-1 offers. A lit up glass mosaic of Jesus & the Disciples presides over the bar.

A craft beer bar on Pier 2 with a glass mosaic of Jesus and the disciples above the bar
Beer Discuss craft beer bar

Reside Warehouse, the most effective reside music venues in Kaohsiung, can also be right here in C10. Examine their web site for the newest live performance listings.

When you maintain strolling east to the top of Pier 2, Kaohsiung Music Heart (高雄流行音樂中心/音浪塔) is a beautiful, sprawling new complicated simply opened in 2021. It’s particularly beautiful when lit up at night time.

The neon sign and concert listings posted at Live Warehouse in Pier 2 Kaohsiung
Reside Warehouse, a music venue in Pier 2 Warehouses
An art installation on Pier 2 lit up with neon lights
Taiwan Dream artwork set up
Three white statues looking at their cellphones in the dark, with the cell phone lights lighting up their faces, an art installation at Pier 2 Kaohsiung
Absorbed By Mild set up
An octopus art installation lit up at night in front of Pier 2 Art Center
Artwork set up in entrance of Kaohsiung Massive Harbor Bridge
Kaohsiung Music Center lit up with purple lights at night
The model new Kaohsiung Music Heart lies to the east of Pier 2

When you occur to be within the space on a Saturday, don’t miss the small Yanchengpu Evening Market close to Pier 2 Artwork Heart! Discover extra data in my information to Kaohsiung’s night time markets (coming quickly).

Penglai Space and Hamasan Museum of Taiwan Railway

A statue standing in front of a warehouse at Penglai area of Pier 2 Arts Center and a small train track line in the foreground
Penglai Space of Pier 2

The gathering of warehouses on the western finish of Pier 2 is named Penglai Space of Pier 2 Arts Heart (駁二蓬萊倉庫群). Right here you’ll discover warehouses B3–10.

In addition to just a few murals, statues, and a performing arts theater (駁二正港小劇場), the primary motive to go to the Penglai space is the superb Hamasan Museum of Taiwan Railway (哈瑪星台灣鐵道館).

The museum is just some steps away from Hamasan Railway Cultural Park (see beneath), the previous terminus for trains touring to Kaohsiung Port. To be sincere, I didn’t anticipate a lot once I first entered this small museum.

A detailed railway train model scene of Taiwan at Hamasan Railway Museum in Kaohsiung
Only one small part of the large mannequin railway spanning all of Taiwan

The principle room of the museum homes probably the most unbelievable miniature practice mannequin show I’ve ever seen. Quite a lot of trains (HSR, TRA, MRT, and so on) journey all through the room, which traverses Taiwan from Kaohsiung Port within the south to the northern tip of Taiwan.

The scenes of assorted cities and counties in Taiwan mix parts from 1902 proper as much as the current. As you gaze upon them, simulated sunsets and sunrises darken and brighten the room, with the scenes coming alive with lights at night time.

I’ve by no means been massive on practice fashions, nor do I like spending a lot time in museums, however I spent almost an hour observing the show. It’s undoubtedly one in every of Kaohsiung’s hidden gems!

Entrance to the museum is NT149, plus 100 for the children to take a trip on the small practice exterior. You may e book your tickets on-line right here. Notice that the museum is closed on Tuesdays.

Banana Pier, Port Warehouse #2, and HOLO Park

A large warehouse with art installation in front of it called Port Warehouse 2 and Pier 2 Art Center
Port Warehouse #2

Proper on the waterfront going through Qijin island, and simply south of Penglai space, is Banana Pier (香蕉碼頭海景宴會館). Look ahead to the massive yellow coloured warehouse, which homes a number of seafood eating places, ice cream retailers, and extra.

Throughout from (west of) the yellow constructing is one more large warehouse referred to as KW2 or Kaohsiung Port Warehouse #2 (棧貳庫KW2). This constructing homes an artsy division retailer, leaning in the direction of high-end merchandise, with a number of eating places, meals stalls, gelato, macaroons, and so forth.

Three statues facing Kaohsiung Port at Pier 2 Art Center
Statues in entrance of Warehouse #2 and Banana Pier

For one thing enjoyable, I like to recommend Nook Cone (酷礦美式手作霜淇淋), which has wild ice cream designs, though they’re extra in regards to the look than style. For beer, strive Zhang Males craft brewery (掌門精釀啤酒餐廳-棧貳庫店).

A hand holding up a green ice cream come with gray ice cream and a dinosaur cookie on it
My ridiculous ice cream at Warehouse #2

On the far western finish of the constructing, there’s a white carousel (棧貳庫旋轉木馬) proper on the pier.

Strolling east from Banana Pier, there’s a small, surprising backyard with a pond and waterfall referred to as Kaohsiung Water Backyard (高港水花園).

Behind the backyard on Penglai Street is a small, free museum referred to as Kaohsiung Harbor Museum (高雄港港史館). After I visited, there was just a few images and mannequin of Kaohsiung on show, however the museum is housed in a good-looking 1917 constructing that was used for gathering sugar taxes, and later taxes for the entire port.

A red double decker bus and sign that says HOLO Park at Pier 2 Arts Center Taiwan
HOLO Park space of Pier 2

Persevering with east brings you to the ultimate focal point at Pier 2, HOLO Park (光禹浮空劇院生活廣場). This was my least favourite space of Pier 2. It looks like a failed try and create an old-timey road, full with faux grass. One other assortment of warehouses right here (K7–10, referred to as Massive Harbor Warehouse 410 or 大港倉410) include primarily massive model names. It’s the most commercialized part of Pier 2.

The picturesque, pedestrian solely Kaohsiung Massive Port Bridge (高雄港大港橋) connects the warehouses again to Pier 2 Warehouses and Dayi Pier 2 station.  

A lit up pedestrian bridge crossing Kaohsiung Port from Pier 2 Art Center to HOLO park
Kaohsiung Dagang Bridge connects Pier 2 to Dagang Warehouse 410 space and HOLO Park

Hamasen Railway Cultural Park & Sky Balcony

A red bridge called Sky Balcony in Kaohsiung
The Sky Balcony appears over Hamasan Railway Cultural Park

Hamasan Railway Cultural Park (鐵道文化園區) is a big park simply west of Penglai space of Pier 2, the place the Hamasan Museum of Taiwan Railway is situated. I’m together with it since it’s just some steps away from Pier 2.

This park was the placement of Kaohsiung Port Station, the primary railway station in Taiwan, the place trains would decide up cargo from ships.

As we speak, the park is a big, open area, with decommissioned railway traces operating by means of it (though the brand new LRT now passes by means of). There are just a few outdated trains on show within the park.

A green field with old railway lines, pedestrians walking along a wooden boardwalk, and LRT driving through at Hamasan Railway Cultural Park in Kaohsiung
View of Hamasan Railway Cultural Park from Sky Balcony (be aware the LRT operating by means of)

Sky Balcony (鐵道園區天空雲台) is on the northern finish of the park. It provides and glorious view wanting down on the railway traces in each instructions.

The park is open 24 hours.

Takao Railway Museum

A wooden shelf and sign saying Kaohsiung Port Station in Takao Railway Museum
Takao Railway Museum is in an unique station of Kaohsiung Port Station

Takao Railway Museum (舊打狗驛故事館) is housed within the unique 1930 wood practice station at Kaohsiung Port Station, proper on the sting of Hamasan Railway Cultural Park.

There are only a few, however very attention-grabbing, issues to see on this small, free museum. First, be aware the unique schedule nonetheless written in chalk on the blackboard. It’s the timetable from December 20, 2008, the final time a practice pulled into the station.

An old train timetable in Takao Railway Museum at Pier 2 in Kaohsiung
An unique timetable displaying each railway line and station in Taiwan

Additionally try the 1935 Japanese portray of Taiwan. To not scale, the portray reveals 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 practice 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 potential assembly factors of various trains.

Notice that the museum is closed on Mondays.  

Nicely, that brings us to the top of my Pier 2 Artwork Heart information! Let me know what you suppose within the feedback beneath.

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