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Kaohsiung

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

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
#architecture

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
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
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

Top Hotels in Kaohsiung

Grand Hi Lai Hotel
Grand Hi Lai Hotel
4.5 out of 5
No.266, Cheng-kung 1st Rd., Kaohsiung
The price is ¥10,702 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (900 reviews)

"服務人員態度很親切,房間乾淨,床好睡,拖鞋是好穿的那種,健身房器材多可看海景,cp值高的飯店,有機會到高雄還會選擇這家飯店哦"…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2020

Grand Hi Lai Hotel
E-Da Royal Hotel
E-Da Royal Hotel
4.5 out of 5
NO.153, Section 1, XueCheng Road, Dashu District, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥12,804 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

This family-friendly Kaohsiung resort is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of E-DA Outlet Mall and E-DA Themepark. Fo Guang Shan ...

4.3/5Excellent! (958 reviews)

"Good customer service and good spread of breakfast selection."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

E-Da Royal Hotel
Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
4.5 out of 5
202, MingSheng 2nd Road, Kaohsiung
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥6,606 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Love River, Liuhe Night Market, and Pier-2 Art Center. 85 Sky Tower and Kaohsiung ...

4.3/5Excellent! (934 reviews)
Good hotel to stay in Kaohsiung

"Room are cleaned and comfortable. Breakfast is somehow disappointing but understandable as the room guest may have been dramatically reduced due to the epidemic situation"…"

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Kaohsiung

85 Prague Homestay
85 Prague Homestay
3 out of 5
12 F, No. 5, Ziqiang 3rd Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥2,705 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Love River and Central Park. Dream Mall and Liuhe Night Market are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (21 reviews)
Nice

"Super helpful staff and great window view"…"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

85 Prague Homestay
Ruifeng Arena
Ruifeng Arena
3 out of 5
No.91, Wenzhong Rd., Gushan Dist., Kaohsiung
The price is ¥4,996 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

Located in Gushan District, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Ruifeng Tourist Night Market and Kaohsiung Arena. Love River and Lotus Pond ...

4.1/5Very Good! (36 reviews)

"Property not as per photo but is alright as we have sufficient rooms and facilities for one night. Easy to find eateries."…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Ruifeng Arena
The Tale of Butterfly
The Tale of Butterfly
2 out of 5
No.92-5, Chaoyuan, Meinong District, Kaohsiung
The price is ¥18,246 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Located in Meinong, this campground is within a 5-minute walk of Jian Shan and Jiuxionglin Shan. Zhutou Shan is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"非常棒"…"

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2020

The Tale of Butterfly
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Kaohsiung

85 Sky Tower
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85 Sky Tower

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

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

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

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

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.

Lotus Pond
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Lotus Pond

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

Top things to do in Kaohsiung

Private Cijin Island Kaohsiung Tour [Indonesian Guide]
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Private Cijin Island Kaohsiung Tour [Indonesian Guide]

¥19,765
Per adult
Kaohsiung City Love River Tour [Indonesian Speaking Guide]
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Kaohsiung City Love River Tour [Indonesian Speaking Guide]

¥19,765
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Kaohsiung
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Vacation Photographer in Kaohsiung

¥26,709
Per adult
Kaohsiung Customized City Tour [Indonesian Speaking Guide]
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Kaohsiung Customized City Tour [Indonesian Speaking Guide]

¥21,367
Per adult
Kaohsiung Historical City Tour (Indonesian Speaking Guide)
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Kaohsiung Historical City Tour (Indonesian Speaking Guide)

¥19,765
Per adult
Taiwan chartered car
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Taiwan chartered car

¥28,490
Per adult

Reviews of Kaohsiung

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 48.67256637168141%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 42.0353982300885%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8.4070796460177%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.8849557522123894%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 22, 2020

Kaohsiung is nice. There’s a lot of western amenities. The Love River is nice. Cijin Beach is a fun family place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 8, 2020

Rueifong Night Market is great and accessible via MRT

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

Layback

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

spacious, nice infrastructures.

4/5 - Good

Stephany

Jan 18, 2020

People are nice. Easy to travel with transportation and taxi

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 30, 2019

Pier 2 art area is a great idea and example for attracting tourist visit.

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Taijiang National Park which includes a ferry, a river or creek and a temple or place of worship

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Photo "Guanshan" by lienyuan lee (CC BY) / Cropped from original

Guanshan