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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.

Kaohsiung Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Kaohsiung

Liuhe Night Market showing a city, night scenes and markets

Kaohsiung City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(294 area reviews)

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

Kaohsiung City Centre
Spring and Autumn Pavillions featuring a sunset, a lake or waterhole and a temple or place of worship

Zuoying District

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

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

Zuoying District
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Fengshan District

3/5(1 area review)

The museums and parks are just a few things visitors like about Fengshan District. National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts and Fongshan Cingnian Night Market are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Fongshan Station or Dadong Station to get around the larger area.

Fengshan District
Dome of Light featuring interior views

Sinsing District

Spend some time visiting places like Liuhe Night Market while getting to know Sinsing District, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Formosa Boulevard Station or Sinyi Elementary School Station to see more of the area.

Sinsing District
Nanzi, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Nanzi

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Check out the monuments while you're in Nanzi. Hop on the metro at Nanzih Export Processing Zone Station and Oil Refinery Elementary School Station to see top sights like Kaohsiung National Stadium and Jiujiawei.

Nanzi
Sanmin, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Sanmin

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

Well-liked for its museums and art galleries, Sanmin is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Love River and Sanfong Temple, and jump on the metro at Houyi Station to get around the city.

Sanmin

Top Hotels in Kaohsiung

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hi Lai Hotel
Grand Hi Lai Hotel
4.5 out of 5
No.266, Cheng-kung 1st Rd., Kaohsiung
The price is NT$2,306 per night

Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Love River and Central Park. Pier-2 Art Center and Liuhe Night Market are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (935 reviews)

"The staff were very friendly and the room was clean. I originally wanted to stay here for the pool, but actually found the retail area was the highlight as there was lots of food and it was convenient for picking up things I had forgotten to bring. The pool was very shallow the entire length, which ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/6/24

Grand Hi Lai Hotel
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
4 out of 5
No.43, Daren Rd., Yancheng District, Kaohsiung
The price is NT$2,039 per night

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! (1,633 reviews)

"Everything was perfect including the staff. The hotel was near the metro and the Love river"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/11

Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung
Hotel Midtown Richardson Kaohsiung Boai
Hotel Midtown Richardson Kaohsiung Boai
3.5 out of 5
338, Bo Ai 1st Road, San Min District, Kaohsiung
The price is NT$866 per night

Located in Sanmin, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Heart of Love River, Ruifeng Tourist Night Market, and Kaohsiung Arena. Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,504 reviews)

"Check in was fast,hotel design is modern and urban,room is cozy and clean"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/20

Hotel Midtown Richardson Kaohsiung Boai

Popular places to visit in Kaohsiung

85 Sky Tower
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85 Sky Tower

4/5(31 reviews)

Gaze at the panoramic views of Love River, Lotus Pond and the rest of the city in this skyscraper that is home to large department stores and a hotel.

Love River
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Love River

4.5/5(96 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(97 reviews)

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

Pier-2 Art Center
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Pier-2 Art Center

4.5/5(58 reviews)

Peruse fascinating works to learn about Taiwan’s edgy art scene in the dystopian setting of abandoned warehouses by the sea.

E-DA Themepark
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E-DA Themepark

4/5(16 reviews)

Enjoy the excitement at E-DA Themepark and find out why this is a popular theme park in Kaohsiung. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Dream Mall
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Dream Mall

4.5/5(44 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Dream Mall, a favorite shopping spot in Kaohsiung. Stroll along the waterfront or experience the art scene in this culturally rich area.

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