Taiwan’s second-biggest city (after the capital of Taipei), there are many excellent things to do in Kaohsiung. It is a vibrant city with a youthful air, a place that is known for its bustling commercial harbour. Indeed, this has led to it being nicknamed the Harbour City. Whether you’re visiting for a weekend, or staying for a longer period of time, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy in Kaohsiung. From the abundance of eateries and the enticing food scene to the engaging arts and cultural scene, take some time to uncover the many delights of this Taiwanese hotspot.
Here are some of the best things to do in Kaohsiung:
Built in the 1880s by the British, go and see Cihou Lighthouse standing proudly by the coast. Take an invigorating walk along the seafront, admiring the coastal vistas and the quiet atmosphere. And don’t worry if the weather isn’t too good; the dark skies only add to the ambience, with the roaring of crashing waves and the sight of small ships in the distance creating a somewhat strangely eerie air.
Formosa Boulevard Station
Formosa Boulevard Station is often said to be Taiwan’s most beautiful metro station. Prepare to be dazzled! Designed by a Japanese architect, Takamatsu Shin, the three-level station exudes beauty from every angle, both inside and out. Admire the entrance, created to look like clasped hands praying, before entering the station. Head underground to the huge Dome of Light, an attractive glass mural in the ceiling.
The gorgeously-named Love River is the backbone of Kaohsiung, running through the city on its way to Kaohsiung Harbor. Wander along the river and you’ll find plenty of pretty parks and charming cafes, great for some relaxation. Get a different view of the city with a peaceful boat trip along the waters. Do check out the river at night time too, when the city lights cast their dancing reflections quite magically on the water’s surface.
A good place to take the kids when visiting Kaohsiung, Shoushan Zoo is also ideal for couples, friends, and solo travellers. In short, anyone who likes animals will have fun seeing the diverse various residents of Shoushan Zoo! Furry, feathered, scaly, and bald, you won’t be disappointed.
If you who love a good hike in the great outdoors, Shoushan is perfect for you! A mountain located in Gushan District, it is also often referred to as Monkey Mountain because of the abundance of wild monkeys that call the area home. A popular spot with locals looking for some quality outdoor time, join them to enjoy nature, wildlife, great views, and some active hiking. The area is also home to some good attractions too, including the Love Observatory and Martyr’s Shrine Temple.
Cijin is known for its excellent sea products, and you’ll definitely be able to find a good meal here. Indeed, such is the booming seafood industry on the island that you’ll be able to find a road dedicated to the fruits of the ocean and called Seafood Street! After you’ve had your fill of tasty dishes, explore the island further by foot or by bicycle. The sandy beaches also offer good swimming and relaxation opportunities, although don’t expect the beaches to be empty, especially in the warmer summer months. Matsu Temple is another highlight. It is the oldest shrine in Kaohsiung. Soak up the serenity, spirituality, and views. se, from where you get great views. Cijin Island is a very popular getaway from the mainland.
Check out Dream Mall for some exciting shopping and leisure opportunities; the rooftop amusement park is often a big hit, and you’ll also find plenty of places to enjoy local and international cuisine. TianHou Temple is the oldest temple in the city, and home to some striking art that depicts folkloric tales. Other things to so in Kaohsiung include chilling out in Central Park, admiring the works in the Pier 2 Art District, stepping into the past at Bengmipang, and visiting Chihou Fort.