DIY Travel Guide to Kaohsiung, Taiwan [With Suggested Tours]

By Lyza Paloma January 18th, 2020 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Destination, DIY Travel, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 20 Comments

Do you want to travel to Kaohsiung? Here’s our DIY Travel Guide to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with suggested tours.

DIY Travel Guide to Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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The largest city in the south of Taiwan is Kaohsiung, the second-largest in all of the country. With gorgeous views, fun night markets, and delicious food, you would want to spend almost a week traveling here. Read this article to help you plan for your trip.

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List of Things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

1. Eat at the Liuhe Night Market

DIY Travel Guide to Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Nearest Station: Formosa Boulevard Station

The first in our list in our Travel Guide to Kaohsiung is visiting the oldest and biggest night market in the city, Liuhe Night Market. This night market is located in the heart of the city, so you shouldn’t have a problem going here. Have your stomach filled with delicious street food and a feel of Taiwanese culture!

2. Visit the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

DIY Travel Guide to Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Nearest Station: Zuoying Station / Buddha Museum Bus Stop

If you want to see the tallest sitting Bronze Station in the whole world, go to FoGuang Buddha Museum. The Mahayana Buddhists created this space as a pilgrim site and also an educational museum for visitors. It’s so big you would want to spend a half-day or a day here. There are also beautiful pagodas and pavilions.

Suggested Tour: Fo Guang Shan Half Day Tour

3. Walk along Siaogangshan Skywalk Park

DIY Travel Guide to Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Nearest Station: Gangshan South Station

Walk around Skywalk Park, which offers not only a leisurely stroll but excellent views of Kaohsiung. The walkway is said to be shaped like a violin. It’s something you should not miss when you come and visit. If you don’t want to be under scorching heat, come during the golden hour.

4. Bike Around Cijin Island

DIY Travel Guide to Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Nearest Station: Shiziwan Station / Gushan Ferry Pier

A long narrow island outside the city center is Cijin Island. When you visit Kaohsiung, don’t forget to spend a day here. One of the best ways to travel around this charming district is by bike; you can rent one in the shops. Qijin Lighthouse, Rainbow Church, Tianhou Temple, and Qijin Tunnel are spots you should not miss.

Suggested Tour: Sightseeing Private Car Charter 

5. Relax at the Lotus Pond

DIY Travel Guide to Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Nearest Station: Zuoying or Xinzuoying Station

This travel guide to Kaohsiung will not be complete without the Lotus Pond, a man-made lake in Kaohsiung. There are gorgeous Autumn and Spring pavilions and amazing Dragon and Tiger Pagodas around the Pond. It’s very scenic, so you can conclude your trip here.

Suggested Tour: Zuoying Lotus Pond

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Where to stay in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Budget Hotel

Skyone Hotel

DIY Travel Guide to Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Skyone Hotel is located in Kaohsiung, 5 minutes’ walk from City Council Subway Station, and Liuhe Tourist Night Market. It offers both private guest rooms and dormitory rooms. Certain rooms feature views of the city. Shower facilities are offered in private and shared bathrooms. The Pier-2 Art Centre is a 9-minute drive from Skyone Hotel.

Price: Starts at USD 27 for a Standard Double Room for two

Mid-Range Hotel

Kindness Hotel – JhongJhengx

DIY Travel Guide to Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kindness Hotel – JhongJheng offers large and spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi in the middle of Kaohsiung City. A 5-minute walk from Formosa Boulevard MRT Station, the hotel serves a buffet breakfast. Each air-conditioned features a flat-screen TV, minibar, and desk. Private bathroom includes a shower, hairdryer, and free toiletries.

Price: Starts at USD 63 for a Business Double Room for two

Luxury Hotel

Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park

DIY Travel Guide to Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Situated across Central Park in Kaohsiung, Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park features rooms fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. A mini-fridge, an electric kettle, bottled water, and a capsule coffee machine can be found in the room. All private bathrooms have a walk-in shower, while some have a bath. The hotel is 260 m from the Shinkuchan shopping area and 950 m from Liouhe Tourist Night Market.

Price: Starts at USD 122 for a Superior Room for two

Where to Eat in Kaohsiung Taiwan

Xinglongju

 

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Address: No.186 Liuhe Second Road, Qianjin, Kaohsiung

Xinglongju is a shop famous for its delicious steamed buns and local breakfast. There might be a long queue, but it’s worth the wait as it’s really fresh and hot. Don’t miss having breakfast here when you come to Kaohsiung.

Hi-Lai Harbour Arena Restaurant

 

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Address: 5F., No. 777, Bo’ai 2nd Rd., ZuoyingDist, Zuoying, Kaohsiung

If you want to eat at a restaurant with many choices of Asian cuisine, go to this Hi-Lai Harbour Arena Restaurant. It’s kind of a buffet restaurant or an eat all you can. Locals and tourists come to visit and fill their stomachs here!

Din Tai Fung Kaohsiung Store

Address: No. B1, No.777 Bo’aiEr Road, Zuoying, Kaohsiung Taiwan

Located in a basement of a Shopping mall is a branch of Din Tai Fung Store. They are very known for their dumplings! Besides that, you may also eat Xiao Long Bao and the Noodles. It’s very affordable, too!

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About the Writer

Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I aim to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.

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20 thoughts on “DIY Travel Guide to Kaohsiung, Taiwan [With Suggested Tours]

  1. Taiwan has one of the most wonderful temples. Very colorful and full of culture that speaks about their way of life. I have yet to experience going there to know the place and the people more.

  2. Very few blogs post about Taiwan tourism so this is really interesting. The Dome looks really interesting to check out though. Aside from that, it’s going to be all about food for me. As much as possible, I want to see what food Taiwan is known for.

  3. I seldom see posts related to Taiwan and glad that you have featured it here. I didn’t know that there are so many things to see in the place. All I know about Taiwan is that they are known manufacturers of branded tech products. Glad that you shared where you stayed too. This gives ideas for those who plan to visit the place soon..

  4. To be honest, I never knew that Taiwan posses such beauty. Through your posts I’ve come to see what Taiwan has to offer. I am most excited to indulge in their culture and enjoy their food. That oyster omelet seems amazing!

  5. I love your photos. They look awsome. I would love to see the streetmarket. Looks like a lot of fun. The Tianhou Temple is stunning. It looks like a great trip and you did a lot on your trip!

  6. Oh wow. Great photos, Taiwan is awesome… I think I’d want to try the omelette, Yum!. I think I haven’t been out of the country for like 2/3 years and I really want to travel but that’ll have to wait until I have enough funds.

  7. Amazing photos! 🙂 I’d love to watch that street food vendor cooking oyster omelette! I love that but can’t seem to get it right. Haha

  8. You know what, I always used to wonder about the first picture as I got it free through my Galaxy Note 5! Now I know that it’s The Dome, Formosa Boulevard Station at Kaohsiung City. I’d love to visit Taiwan someday in my life! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post with us!

  9. Wow you take awesome photos, Looks like you visited all the great places. Can’t wait to start traveling!!

  10. These are interesting places to visit in Taiwan. I’d like to visit the night market and try the food.

  11. I missed the night markets like this, and I wanna try those oyster omelet. I’ll definitely consider Kaohsiung when I have the chance to go on an Asian tour.

  12. I just cant move my eyes from that Dome photograph in this post. Its so amazing. Loved to hear about your travels. Hope one day I would be able to go there as well.

  13. I just looked for Moon World pics and oh my really want to get there!! Were the trains overloaded with people as I hear from other people?

  14. This is SO awesome! I am never been anywhere cool! I really want to start traveling once my children are old enouhg to enjoy it. This looks like a really great place!

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Written by Lyza Paloma

Lyza is a native of Leyte who spent 10 years studying and working in Cebu before working for Two Monkeys Travel. She decided to stop daydreaming and started to pursue her dreams of traveling to the Philippines and the world. She has already been to 4 countries in Asia and 18 provinces in the Philippines. She’s flexible and can travel solo, with friends, or family. Besides traveling, she loves organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends.

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