Discovering Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Discovering Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Famous for its night markets and fresh seafoods, Kaohsiung is the 2nd largest city in Taiwan on the south west part of the small peninsula.

Discovering Kaohsiung, Taiwan

The Dome, Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung City

Where to stay:

For two nights, I stayed in Ahiruyah Guesthouse located very close to Formosa Boulevard Station, where you will find one of the finest works of our arts in this city, The Dome.

Discovering Kaohsiung, Taiwan Being close to the famous Liouhe Night market and train station, Ahiruyah Guesthouse’s location is unbeatable. They have modern and stylish facilities, comfortable and clean rooms, it’s the place to be in Kaohsiung. Price is affordable and very reasonable, checkout their website for booking.

Travel Tips and Highlights:

Lotus Pond

Take the MRT and alight at Zouing station. The pond from its name is famous for the lotus plants on the man made lake and the beautiful temples around it. Including the Spring and Autumn Pavilions, Yuandi Temple and my personal favorite, the very traditional Dragon and Tiger Pagodas. There’s a local belief that when entering the Dragon’s mouth and going out from the Tiger’s transforms bad luck into good luck.

You can go around the lake by walking or cycling to visit each of the huge and beautiful structures around it. Rising straight by the lake is an enormous 72-meter high Syuan Tian Emperor holding a giant sword, it’s like a statue built to guard the lake.

For adrenaline junks and those who want a little adventure, you can ride a wakeboard at the newly opened Lotus Wake Park. The first and only full size cable park in Taiwan.

Discovering Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Dragon and Tiger Pagodas in Lotus Pond

Discovering Kaohsiung, Taiwan

With the Statue of Syuan Tian Emperor

Cijin Island

Cijin is a district of Kaohsiung in a small island located near the port. You can easily visit by taking a ferry from the old district of Yancheng. Ferry departs every 30 minutes and takes only 10 minutes to reach Cijin.

This island is popular for tourists to eat seafood, enjoy the beach and see historical sights. I did not skip trying the fresh catch from the street food stalls; it’s really fresh, delicious and cheap. Cijin seaside park has a beautiful collection of sand sculptures.

Visit the old and beautiful Tianhou Temple and do a 20 minute hike to Cihou lighthouse. From here, you’ll see the beautiful view of the sunset and the city of Kaoshiung from its harbor.

Discovering Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Cijin’s centuries old Tianhou Temple. Built in 1673.

Liouhe Night Market

About a minute walk from Formosa Blvd Train Station, this night market is a must and your visit to Kaohsiung is incomplete without walking to its myriads of food and shopping stands.

Taste all the popular Taiwanese/Chinese street foods, take your time and have an empty stomach prior to your visit. Many foreigners from around the world visit this night market. It’s a busy and exciting place for foodies like me. Have your dinner here each night and you’ll never run out of selection.

Discovering Kaohsiung, Taiwan

A favorite night market snack, oyster omelet being prepared in one of the stalls in Liouhe Night Market.

Other places to visit :

Moon World – This unique landscape got its name due to its resemblance to the surface of the moon. A popular spot to enjoy chicken dishes.
Fo Guang Shan Monastery – The biggest Buddhist temple complex in the country. A lantern festival takes place here during Chinese New Year.
Shoushan National Park – Also known as the Monkey Mountain, it’s an easy hike from Gushan District and a protected natural park where you can interact with many monkeys dominating the park.

Itinerary for discovering Kaohsiung, Taiwan:

DAY 1: 

From Kaohsiung International Airport, take a train to Formosa Blvd Station. Visit the The Dome at the center. Check in at the guesthouse.

Take a train to Zouying Station, alight and ride a bike or walk to Lotus Pond and visit the structures around the lake. Have some adventure at Lotus Wake Park before heading back to the guesthouse.

Visit the Liouhe Night Market and enjoy the best street foods.

DAY 2

Morning walk or cycle at the Love River. Have some snacks and bubble tea at Yancheng district before taking a ferry to Cijin.

In Cijin, walk along the main street and visit the Tianhou Temple. It leads to the beach and there a several stalls selling fresh seafood along the way.

Enjoy the sunset from top of Cihou Lighthouse.

DAY 3

Take a train to Central Park, walk around and get a coffee in one of the coffee shops around, enjoy the fresh breeze before you start our journey to your next destination.

How to get there :

International/Domestic Flights
Recently, Scoot launched a direct flight from Singapore to Kaohsiung which departs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
You can also take a direct flight from any other major cities in China or a domestic flight from Taipei.

Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Singapore and Taipei.

Taiwan Highspeed Rail
Similar to Japan’s Shinkansen, you can also reach Kaoshiung from Taipei via their highspeed train. Journey will take 1.5 hours for the express train. Online booking is available.

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Jaypee LicudanJaypee Licudan is a Filipino Expat based in Singapore. He’s a traveller and writer for Two Monkeys Travel Group – Community Travel Blog and has been to over 30 countries across 4 continents. He’s major long term goal is to go back to the Philippines for a long time travel to discover the hidden gems of his home country. Follow his personal blog: The Rustic Nomad

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Comments 21

  1. 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.

  2. 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..

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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!

  12. Hey JP,

    juhu, finally an awesome post with some cool things to do in Kaohsiung, looking for that quite a while now!
    We will visit the With Inn Hostel, and wanted to get some other insider knowledge for the city.

    Especially the morning ride at the Love River sounds like a very good idea…a bike is my favorite way to get around any city!!

    As for food, any other recommendation besides Liouhe Night Market? Just wondering, as it is quite famous!

    Thanks man, keep it up!
    Matt

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