10 Best Things To Do In Kaohsiung, Taiwan [with Suggested Tours]

By Lyza Paloma April 4th, 2021 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Destination, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with suggested tours.

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Kaohsiung is the second-largest city in Taiwan. It is very popular for its radiant night markets and delicious fresh seafood. If you have enough time in Taiwan, you can have a trip from the North in Taipei to the South in Kaohsiung. You’ll surely enjoy this part of the country with the exciting things to do on our list.

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List of Things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

1. Bike around the Lotus Pond

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Getting there: Stop at either Zuoying or Xinzuoying Station

Rent a bike and go around Kaohsiung’s beloved Lotus Pond (that’s quite big for a pond.) It’s a man-made lake in Zuoying District filled with lotuses, hence the name. Definitely stop by the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas that are seven stories tall. There are also big pavilions called Spring and Autumn Pavilions. It’s something you should not miss in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Suggested Tour: Zuoying Lotus Pond 

2. Enjoy Liuhe Night Market

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Getting there: Walk from Formosa Boulevard Station

The Taiwanese love their Night Markets; I’m sure you would too! Liuhe Night Market is one of the best Night markets in Taiwan that opened in the 1950s. You could check out the food stalls and go clothes shopping. Check out which food to eat in this article!

3. Hike at Tianliao Moon World

 

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Getting there: At Gangshan South Station, ride Bus Red 70B and stop at Moon World

Another exciting place to visit is Tianlao Moon World. This terrain is called “badlands” and resembles the moon’s surface due to the erosion. It looks big in the picture, but you could circle it for an hour. It’s better to visit when the lake is not dry.

Suggested Tour: Kaohsiung Classic Attractions Day Tour 

4. Have fun in E-Da Theme Park

Getting there: Ride an E-Da Bus from Zuoying, Gangshan, XinZuoying, or Nanzi Stations to the theme park

The biggest indoor recreation center in the country is E-Da Theme park. You’ll get to ride a roller coaster, check the view of Taiwan on a Ferris wheel, and see a water show. It’s has a Greek-theme, so you will feel transported to another country. Enjoy this place with your family and friends.

Suggested Tour: Kaohsiung E-Da Theme Park Entry Ticket 

5. Check the view from Siaogangshan Skywalk Park

 

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Getting there: From the Gangshan South Station, ride Bus Red 68 or take a taxi

If you want to see one of Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s best views, go to the Siaogangshan Skywalk Park. The skywalk is shaped like a violin and has cables that look like strings. It’s not recommended to come here at noon or when the sun is high as it’s scorching. Mornings or mid-afternoons are a great time to visit.

6. See the old British Consulate

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Getting there: Take a bus (No3 31, 50, 99, 248, or Chaisan Tourist Bus) and stop at National Sun Yat-Sen University Stop

Built in 1865, the Former British Consulate is the oldest western building in the country. This was made by Chinese Craftsmen using local techniques with the supervision of a British engineer. Its style is exquisite and such a unique thing to see in Kaohsiung.

Suggested Tour: Kaohsiung Day Tour 

7. Go to Cijin Island

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Getting there: From Shiziwan Station, go to Gushan Ferry Pier and ride to Qijin Pier

Have a day trip to Cijin Island, which is a long narrow island in Kaohsiung. You can rend a bike to explore this within a day. There are many spots to go like the Qijin Lighthouse, Tianhou Temple, Rainbow Church, and Qijin Tunnel. As it’s beside the sea, don’t forget to enjoy some delicious fresh seafood!

Suggested Tour: Sightseeing Private Car Charter 

8. Check out the Buddha at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

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Getting there: From Zuoying Station, take a Kahsiung or E-Da Bus to Buddha Museum

One of the best things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, is to go to Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum. It’s 100 hectares big, offering you a view of the tallest sitting bronze Buddha statue across the glove. The museum is under Mahayana Buddhists and serves as an educational museum to its visitors. Aside from the Gian Budha, there are pavilions, pagodas, halls, and much more.

Suggested Tour: Fo Guang Shan Half Day Tour 

9. Be in awe of the Dome of Light

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Getting there: Stop at Formosa Boulevard Station

If you want to see a beautiful work of art for free, go to Formosa Boulevard. There lies the “Dome of Light,” which is the largest glass work in the world. This was made by Narcissus Quagliata, an Italian artist who also worked in a Basilica in Rome. You should be able to understand the story when you come to visit.

Suggested Tour: Zuoying Lotus Pond

10. Cruise the Love River

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Getting there: From Houyi Station, exit 1, ride bus No. R30 to Hear of Love River

Will you find love in the Love River? Yes! You will fall in love with Kaohsiung. You can also share the view with your loved one as you enjoy a romantic cruise along the river. There’s also the “Heart of Love River,” where you can walk and enjoy the view and the vibe of this lovely city.

Suggested Tour: Kaohsiung Classic Attractions Day Tour 

Where to stay in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Budget Hotel

Skyone Hotel

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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

Luxury Hotel

Hotel Indigo Kaohsiung Central Park

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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

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How to go to Kaohsiung, Taiwan

By Air: The Kaohsiung International Airport is the main airport that serves Kaohsiung and south of Taiwan. It is the second busiest in the country with international and domestic flights. Most international flights here are from East Asian and South East Asian Countries.

From Taipei: You can ride the Taiwan High-Speed Rail from the Taipei Station to Zuoying Station. It will take about 1.5 to 2 hours. Its standard price is NTD 1,490.

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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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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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