KaohsiungTaiwan

Taiwan’s second-largest city is changing its industrial focus and emerging as a modern hub of entertainment and culture.

Taiwan’s largest port, Kaohsiung, is a well-planned city with an eclectic mix of beaches, trendy cafés and historic sites. Its wide streets and harbor-side parks make it feel less congested than the island's capital, enticing many travelers to stay for longer than they originally planned.

Take a leisurely walk along the Love River, a former open sewer that has been transformed into a promenade lined with trees and sidewalk cafés. Check out the stores in Dream Mall, the second-biggest shopping mall in Asia. With an eye-catching Ferris Wheel on its rooftop, this massive mall is visible from almost all areas of the city.

Catch a ferry to Cijin Island, a thin district projecting right into Kaohsiung Harbor. This area is home to a busy retail and dining strip, known for its fantastic seafood. Walk along the sandy shoreline, go for a swim and bike around the island. Don’t miss the views from the top of the lighthouse.

Save time for the remarkable collection of temples, pavilions and pagodas set on the edge of Lotus Pond. This man-made lake is surrounded by a group of brightly colored and unusual monuments, including the Dragon and Tiger pagodas. Visitors are advised to enter through the enormous dragon’s mouth on one side, and exit through the tiger mouth on the other in order to symbolically transform their bad luck into good.

Head to the Old British Consulate in the late afternoon to watch the sunset. Set on a hill overlooking Kaohsiung Harbor, this 19th-century mansion has been converted into a pleasant café and museum.

Travel just outside the city to Fo Guang Shan, one of Taiwan’s most beautiful Buddhist monasteries. This serene complex, perched on Fo Guang Mountain, is home to grottoes, gardens, pavilions and hundreds of Buddha statues.

Kaohsiung is 4 to 5 hours away from Taipei by bus or 1.5 to 2 hours by high-speed rail. Metro and bus systems are available within the city, but it can also be enjoyable to explore by bike, with many special lanes allocated for cyclists.

Where to stay in Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung City Centre
Dome of Light featuring interior views

Kaohsiung City Centre

Known for Sunny, Architecture, Culture

4.5/5(246 reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Kaohsiung City Centre. Liuhe Night Market is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Kaohsiung Formosa Boulevard Station or Sinyi Elementary School Station to see more of Kaohsiung.

Zuoying District
Spring and Autumn Pavillions featuring a sunset, a lake or waterhole and a temple or place of worship

Zuoying District

Known for Monuments, Sunny, Scenery

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Get to know Zuoying District and its many features like its mountain views and restaurants. You might want to explore sights like Lotus Pond and Love River, and you can jump on the metro at Ecological District Station or Xinzuoying Station to get around the city.

Yancheng District
Pier-2 Art Center showing a statue or sculpture and outdoor art as well as a small group of people

Yancheng District

Known for Sunny, Culture, Ports

Noted for its art galleries and waterfront views, there's plenty to explore in Yancheng District. Top attractions like Pier-2 Art Center and Love River are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Yanchengpu Station or Dayi Pier-2 to see more of the city.

Sinsing District
Dome of Light featuring interior views

Sinsing District

Known for Shopping, Family-Friendly, Architecture

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Sinsing District. If sightseeing is on the list, Liuhe Night Market is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Kaohsiung Formosa Boulevard Station or Sinyi Elementary School Station to see more of the area.

Xiaogang
Xiaogang, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Xiaogang

Known for Walking, Rivers, Natural Parks

3.5/5(5 reviews)

Well-liked for its restaurants and museums, Xiaogang is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Kaohsiung Astronomical Museum and Jing Yuan Farm and Leisure, and jump on the metro at Siaogang Station to get around the city.

Lingya District
Tuntex Sky Tower featuring a city

Lingya District

Known for Architecture, Shopping, Skyscrapers

Noted for its shopping and waterfront views, there's plenty to explore in Lingya District. Top attractions like 85 Sky Tower and Love River are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Culture Center Metro Station or Wukuaicuo Station to see more of the city.

Top Hotels in Kaohsiung

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
4 out of 5
No.43, Daren Rd., Yancheng District, Kaohsiung
NT$1,784
per night
Dec 10 - Dec 11

Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kaohsiung Museum of History, Kaohsiung City Music Hall, and Kaohsiung Film Archive. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,237 reviews)

"The hotel is close to the metro station, just 5 min walk from the closest metro station. The staffs are polite and helpful. The room is clean though the bed is a little bit too soft."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/14

Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
Airline Inn - Kaohsiung Station
Airline Inn - Kaohsiung Station
3.5 out of 5
No.33, Jianguo 3rd Rd., Sanmin Dist, Kaohsiung
NT$1,437
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20

Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Liuhe Night Market and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and Pier-2 Art ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,076 reviews)

"The room is very neat and tidy. Staff very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/31

Airline Inn - Kaohsiung Station
Kindness Hotel - Kaohsiung Main Station
Kindness Hotel - Kaohsiung Main Station
3 out of 5
No. 295, Jianguo 2nd Rd., Sanmin Dist., Kaohsiung
NT$1,808
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dome of Light, Liuhe Night Market, and Central Park. Love River and 85 Sky Tower are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,321 reviews)

"Great place. Staff is polite and helpful. Room is big and clean"…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/10

Kindness Hotel - Kaohsiung Main Station

Popular things to do in Kaohsiung

Lotus Pond
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Lotus Pond

4.5/5(53 reviews)

Discover the intriguing gems scattered around this vast body of water, from mythical dragons and tigers to a scenic wetland area.

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
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Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, a popular museum in Kaohsiung. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Former British Consulate at Takao
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Former British Consulate at Takao

4/5(21 reviews)

Former British Consulate at Takao is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Kaohsiung. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Love River
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Love River

4.5/5(84 reviews)

Walk along the banks of Kaohsiung’s cultural core, where you will find a night market, a harbor and scenic parks.

Liuhe Night Market
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Liuhe Night Market

4/5(84 reviews)

Get a sense of the tastes, sounds and smells of Taiwan in this buzzing night market full of stalls selling local delicacies.

E-DA Themepark
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trover photo by Kerwin Chang

E-DA Themepark

4/5(15 reviews)

Enjoy the excitement at E-DA Themepark and see why people love this amusement park in Kaohsiung. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Reviews of Kaohsiung

4.4

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.556149732620321%
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4/5 - Good

Italianfamily

Nov 18, 2019

Visit by reaching it via ferry boat the Cijin island and rent an electrical motorcycle or similar and go along the seaside. Lotus pond and Dragon tiger towers Visit the Pier 2 Art district Eat at a noodle or dumplings street restaurant

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 30, 2019

Very easy to find and nice accomodation

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 26, 2019

You can take subway & light rail around the city, most area is within 15-20 mins walk. High Speed Rail service from Taipei airport is NT$1290 withOut reserve seat, it takes almost two hrs to Kaohsiung Zuying terminal in the southern end

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 25, 2019

A lot of places to visit but the weather was super hot and humid during our stay which was mid Sept.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 24, 2019

I like this city because people are so kind and food is good!

5/5 - Excellent

S

Sep 2, 2019

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