Top 5 Things To Do In Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung is a vibrant and youthful city with lots to do and see for new visitors. From the thriving food and restaurant industry to the impressive arts and cultural scene, Kaoshiung perfectly caters to those on a quick city break, or visitors looking for a longer, more in-depth exploration of the area.
Whether you’re hoping to relax on a beach for the weekend (yes, Kaoshiung even has beaches!), or you feel like delving into the city’s fascinating culture and history, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes in the city. And with Kaohsiung only 3.5 hours direct from Singapore with China Airline, you’ll be enjoying the city in no time!
Just take a look at our top 5 favourite things to do in this great city:
1.VISIT PIER 2 ARTS AREA
From abstract structures to in-your-face giant robots, the Pier 2 Arts Area is a pure explosion of Kaohsiung’s best creativity and talent, proudly displayed for the enjoying of visitors.
Walk along the area and visit the various arts pieces, discover more ‘hidden’ gems around corners and down alleys, or pay the small entrance fee to enter the galleries.
Opening times at the Pier are Monday to Thursday from 10am to 6pm, and Friday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm. The Pier 2 Arts Area is located at No.1, Dayong Rd., in the Yancheng District of Kaohsiung City.
2.EXPERIENCE THE KAOHSIUNG NIGHT MARKETS
A visit to Taiwan is definitely not complete without a foray into the unique and exciting world of night markets, and Kaohsiung is home to some of the best in the country.
3.TAKE A DAY TRIP TO CIJIN ISLAND
The island is very popular due to its several sandy beaches and fresh seafood available on every street corner.
Swimming at the beaches is really enjoyable and safe, but expect lots of crowds during the summer months, as locals and tourists escape from the mainland to come and cool down in the ocean.
A lighthouse and fort on the island, named Cijin Lighthouse and , dating back to the 19 Century provide great views of Kaohsiung’s skyline, especially as the sun sets over the ocean. Other worthwhile attractions include the and the old Tianhou Temple.
Get to Cijin Island by taking a ferry from the Gushan Ferry Pier. One-way tickets are very cheap, at around NTD$15 per person.
4.VISIT THE DRAGON AND TIGER PAGODAS
The Dragon and Tiger Pagodas are extremely symbolic of Kaohsiung, standing proudly among the sprawling and peaceful Lotus Lake.
Go here to marvel at the impressive structures, enter the mouth of a giant dragon and exit from a ferocious tiger. Taiwanese tradition states that entering the throat of a dragon and exiting through the mouth of a lion symbolizes turning bad luck into good fortune.
Inside the pagodas are even more fascinating; with dozens of interesting Chinese paintings symbolizing both heaven and hell to inspire people to live morally.
Make sure to also take in the beautiful surroundings of the park and lake around the pagodas, and continue your way down to the other structures in the area, such as the , the and the .
5.SEE THE BUDDHA MEMORIAL CENTRE
The sheer scale of the center ignites a great sense of wonder and calm within visitors. With the giant Fo Guang Buddha statue overlooking the entire complex, visitors can stroll among the various impressive buildings, have lunch in one of the restaurants, or learn about Buddhism through the many art exhibits.
The walkway towards the Buddha statue, with the pyramid shaped Memorial Hall and Bodhi Square before it, is lined with eight beautiful pagodas, each representing a Noble Eightfold Path. The complex is also said to contain the tooth relic of , the founder of Buddhism.
The Memorial Centre is open from 9am to 7pm on weekdays and from 9am to 8pm on weekends.
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(Source: www.holidayssg.com, 24 April 2014)