21 Things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
These are my carefully selected 21 best things to do in Kaohsiung, the most underrated city in Asia. I included gems like Cijin Boulevard, Old Taiwan Restaurant, 85 Sky Tower, the ICE BOWL, chocolate chicken at Ruifeng Night Market and the Brickyard for the best nightlife of Kaohsiung. Subscribe to my channel ► for weekly videos!
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I had no expectations before driving down to Kaohsiung. This massive city on the southern tip of Taiwan is a tropical paradise with tons of fun things to do, delicious foods to eat and mingle with its friendly locals. After you watch my video I guarantee you will put Kaohsiung on your bucket list.
Kaohsiung is best known for the Dragon & Tiger pagodas located at the Lotus pond north of downtown, the most facinating thing is the zigzag pathway which is meant to deflect evil. Do make sure to enter through the dragon's mouth first and exit through the tiger's mouth to obtain good fortune. Afterwards, treat yourself to a massive shaved ice dessert at the Ice Bowl located at Binhua 1st Road.
Kick off the next day with a typical southern Taiwanese breakfast at Dandan Hamburger, famous for it delicious soup burger combo. I stayed at the massive 85 Sky Tower hotel on the 61st floor with mesmerizing views of Kaohsiung.
Cijin Island is located in front of Kaohsiung harbor, the largest harbor of Taiwan at which you can rent an electric buggy and cruise along its beautiful boulevard while making selfie stops at the Rainbow Church, giant sea shell and end your adventure with a lunch at the Windmill Station Sushi Restaurant.
At the Windmill Station Restaurant make sure to order the gigantic chirashi bowl of assorted fish with high-grade uni, unagi and tuna. Make sure to top it off with Kaohsiung waffles! On the way back to the Cijin Ferry, make stops at the Cijin dried fish market, Cihou fort for the best skyline view of Kaohsiung and Mazu shrine.
During the evening take the subway to Formosa Boulevard Station to admire world's largest glass art installation consisting of 4500 glass panels.
For night markets check out Ruifeng Night Market located just north of downtown Kaohsiung where you must try the Gua Bao with juicy pork belly, chicken on a stick stuffed with sticky rice and bizarre chocolate chicken for the ultimate night market experience.
To really venture out, go to OLD TAIWAN restaurant which is a themed 1950's Taiwanese restaurant with incredibly local dishes. The dishes truly tasted like they were cooked with love by grandma Taiwan, a great delicious alternative to night markets.
Kaohsiung has a fun and vibrant nightlife, for an epic night out check out bars; Black Dog, an expat bar and Brickyard for their underground dance off parties, foosball tables, pool tables and great local atmosphere. The best nightclubs in town are Muse Kaohsiung and LAMP Disco which often hosts all-you-can-drink parties with a young local crowd. Not much English is spoken at these nightclubs so be aware.
In conclusion, Kaohsiung made it to my Top 5 list of favorite cities in Asia. Most likely due to not having any expectations and being blown away by the tropical climate, delicious local dishes, friendly locals and fantastic parties. Kaohsiung, I shall return in the near future!
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Come discover Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s busiest harbor. Located in southwestern Taiwan, this city boasts scenic seaside spots, magnificent mountain views, and a captivating culture.
Begin your journey on the island of Cijin, and visit Tianhou Temple, where Matzu, the protector of fishermen and sailors, is honored. Next, head further inland and hike the trails at Monkey Mountain; have a spot of tea with a view of the city as monkeys swing overhead from the treetops. Other popular attractions include Love River, which offers scenic pathways that run through the city, and Lotus Lake, where the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas are said to give visitors good luck. At the lake, honor the Goddess of Mercy and God of War, and marvel at the massive statue of the Mysterious Warrior, Xuan Wu. After visiting Lotus Lake, don’t miss the nearby Tianfu Palace and Taiwan’s largest Confucian Temple.
Round the day off with a jaunt to the Liuhe Night Market. As one of the largest markets in Asia, these open-air stalls serve up the freshest seafood around.
Whether you’re looking to pay your respects to the gods or find a quiet spot on the harbor with a view, check out our Kaohsiung travel guide for more travel tips and inspiration.
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Fo Guang Shan
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Kaohsiung Main Public Library
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
National Science and Technology Museum, Kaohsiung
Dragon Tiger Tower
Caishan Natural Park
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This is Kaohsiung in Taiwan! This is Taiwan's second largest city and is located at the very southern end of the island. I absolutely loved Kaohsiung! The people there are great, it's beautiful and of course the food is fantastic! I hope to visit Kaohsiung a few more times in the future. If you are traveling around Taiwan, you must visit this beautiful city!
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The Tree House (樹屋旅店)
Add: No. 132, Liuhe 2nd Rd., Qianjin District, Kaohsiung City (高雄市前金區六合二路132號)
Tel: (07) 287-8800
Website: the-tree-house.hotel.com.tw (Chinese)
Just Sleep Kaohsiung Zhongzheng (捷絲旅高雄中正館)
Add: No. 134, Zhongzheng 1st Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung City (高雄市苓雅區中正一路134號)
Tel: (07) 972-3568
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Add: Dayi Warehouse C9-19, Pier-2 Art Center; No. 2, Dayi St., Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City (高雄駁二大義倉庫C9-19; 高雄市鹽埕區大義街2號)
Tel: (07) 531-6999
Good Day Tea House and Sky Lounge (好好生活館)
Add: No. 78, Kunming St., Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City (高雄市前鎮區崑明街78號)
Tel: (07) 535-4319
Ki A Peng Sian (枝仔冰城) (Pier-2 Art Center Branch)
Add: No. 8-2, Dayong Rd., Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City (高雄市鹽埕區大勇路8-2號)
Tel: (07) 521-1149
Website: kaps.com.tw (Chinese)
85 Sky Tower 高雄85大樓
Dadong Arts Center 大東文化藝術中心
Gushan Ferry Pier 鼓山渡輪碼頭
Hongmaogang Cultural Park 紅毛港文化園區
Kaohsiung Exhibition Center 高雄展覽館
Kaohsiung Main Public Library 高雄市立圖書總館
Kaohsiung Martyrs’ Shrine 高雄市忠烈祠
Kevin Lin 林俊昇
Love River 愛河
Pier-2 Art Center 駁二藝術特區
Qijin Island 旗津島
Qihou Battery 旗后砲台
Qihou Lighthouse 旗後燈塔
Rainbow Church 彩虹教堂
Shoushan Lover’s Observatory 壽山情人觀景
“Star of Qianzhen” 前鎮之星
Tianhou Temple 天后宮
The British Consulate at Takow 打狗英國領事館
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Have your camera ready when boarding the ferry to Qijin Island at Gushan Ferry Pier. Locals stream onto the lower parking-lot deck on scooters (you go to the upper deck, via a separate entrance). The ride across the narrow, ship-packed Kaohsiung Harbor is so quick that many don’t bother to get off their machines. Qijin Island is a 9km-long silt-created giant sandbar that serves as a breakwater and defines the harbor’s form. Its tourist area is on the north end, beyond the ferry pier.
Qihou Lighthouse, a snow-white 11-meter-high Baroque-style tower erected by the Japanese in 1916, stands at the edge of a sea-facing cliff guarding the harbor’s exceedingly narrow north-end mouth. Enthralling views of the busy harbor can be enjoyed as ships squeeze by below. The old Qihou Battery, on the west side of the hill, was built by a justifiably anxious Qing Dynasty government in the 1870s, fearful of invasion by the Japanese or Western powers.
The young, expansive, and still-growing Pier-2 Art Center (pier-2.khcc.gov.tw), a special zone that is at the heart of the city’s cultural-creative bloom, has become one of its most popular attractions. The numerous old, renovated Kaohsiung Harbor warehouses here, long abandoned, were formerly used to store such goods as fish meal and granulated sugar. Today they are cultural-creative incubator stages for domestic and international exhibitions, festivals, live indoor and outdoor musical, theatrical, and busker performances, and large-scale outdoor installation artworks and graffiti-style/3D murals, many wonderfully quirky and whimsical, some created by artists-in-residence.
The king of Kaohsiung has long been, and remains, the lofty 85 Sky Tower, which looks like a giant spacecraft propped atop two massive booster rockets, ready to launch. Two spanking-new structures, Kaohsiung Exhibition Center (kecc.com.tw) and Kaohsiung Main Public Library (ksml.edu.tw), are within easy walking distance. The park-surrounded harborside exhibition facility looks like a paean to Beijing’s iconic Bird’s Nest. Be sure to visit the green library’s lovely 8F rooftop hanging garden, which has a fine broad view of the harbor and Qijin.
What’s not to love about the Love River? On my first few visits, in the 1990s, it was a brackish “waterway” in which the water moved little, if at all. Today, thanks to dedicated eco-engineering, it is clean, the waters flow freely, and fish have returned. The landscaped banks are lined with benches, bike- and pedestrian-friendly paths, and attractive lamp lighting. The mood is best at night, when the cafés, bars, and small eateries are brightly lit up.
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Kaohsiung is a massive port city in southern Taiwan. It's home to many skyscrapers, such as the 248m-tall Tuntex Sky Tower, and is known for its diversity of parks. Its focal point is the Love River, with walking paths and cafes along its banks, and cruise boats navigating its waters.
In this video, I'm going to share the 5 Must-See Places in Kaohsiung Taiwan were most of the tourist and local enjoyed hanging out.
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To our surprise we have arrived in Taiwan and our first spot is the southern coastal city of Kaohsiung. These are our first thoughts on this country!
During our city tour of Kaohsiung we have come across so many friendly locals who have helped us see the best things in the city. First stop we went to have a traditional Taiwanese breakfast at Xing Long Ju before making our way to the lotus pond to see the Dragon and Tiger pagodas.
On the way back to our hotel we went to Cijin island where we hired these electric very cool looking bikes to go around the island - heading up the lighthouse and down to the beach.
The next day we went to the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, had some mango shaved ice and ended our time here at the top of the 85 Sky Tower.
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I didn't expect to be visiting Kaohsiung in Taiwan but when I saw a cheaper flight out of Kaohsiung to Japan than from Taipei and after a bit of googling which told me Kaohsiung is a really underrated and great city, I decided to visit.
I really enjoyed Kaohsiung City and enjoyed my 2 days in Kaohsiung and there was more to do there than I thought. In addition to this, the food in Kaohsiung is great and the MRT is really easy to use too!
Here's what I got up to in Kaohsiung in my 2 days on my Taiwan Backpacking Trip and things to do in Kaohsiung that I recommend to you:
Pier 2 Arts Centre
Try Shaved Ice Dessert
Dome of Light at Formosa Boulevard
Taiwanese Breakfast at Xing Long Ju
Lotus Lake Temples
Dragon Tiger Padoga
Ruifeng Night Market
Liouhe Night Market
In addition to what I did, other things to do in Kaohsiung are:
85 Sky Tower Observation Deck
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Day Trips to Tainan, Taichung, Taitung, Kenting National Park.
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