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Takao Railway Museum

The last train left the city’s oldest train station in 2008. Now, it is a museum devoted to telling the story of rail travel in Taiwan.

The Takao Railway Museum has various exhibits that tell the story of railway transportation in Kaohsiung and the rest of Taiwan. It is based in the city’s first ever railway hub, Kaohsiung Harbour Train Station, which closed in 2008. Take a look at the site’s collection of steam engines from the Japanese colonial era.

Admire the classic Japanese style of the former station’s façade. The main hall of the station has been preserved so you can admire the spacious area. Sift through books that cover the theme of railroads across the globe.

Enter the museum to browse its various locomotives that date back many decades. Capture photos of the models and imagine traveling in these outdated trains. See the old-fashioned steam engines on display.

Learn about the defunct Kaohsiung Harbour Train Station and the key role it played in the development of the city around the river and the sea. Built in 1900 by Japanese occupants, it was an important part of the Japanese colonial era in the first part of the 20th century. The museum opened in 2010, two years after the railway station finally closed.

See intriguing modern artworks at the Pier-2 Art Center nearby. It's just across the street in a site of abandoned warehouses and attracts young crowds with its edgy works.

Entrance to the railway museum is free. Food and drink are not allowed in the exhibit area.

The Takao Railway Museum is located just west of Love River in the Gushan region of the city. It is next to Kaohsiung Harbour, where you can take ferries to visit the Cijin Lighthouse and Cijin Seaside Park. Take the metro to Sizihwan Station on the Orange Line and walk for several minutes to reach the museum.


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Grand Hi Lai Hotel ¥10,725
Grand Hi Lai Hotel

Grand Hi Lai Hotel

No.266, Cheng-kung 1st Rd., Kaohsiung
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 within 1 mi (2 km). Glory Pier Station is 6 minutes by foot and Love Pier Station is 12 minutes.

    Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung ¥6,895
    Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung

    Chateau de Chine Hotel Kaohsiung

    No.43, Daren Rd., Yancheng District, Kaohsiung
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kaohsiung City Music Hall, Kaohsiung Museum of History, and Kaohsiung Film Archive. Soaring Dragon Fish Statue and Glory Pier are also within 1 mi (2 km). Yanchengpu Station is only a 4-minute walk and Dayi Pier-2 is 12 minutes.

      Citysuites Kaohsiung Pier2 ¥3,660
      Citysuites Kaohsiung Pier2

      Citysuites Kaohsiung Pier2

      No.83, Gongyuan 2nd Rd, Yancheng, Kaohsiung
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pier-2 Art Center and Love River. Hanshin Department Store and Central Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dayi Pier-2 is only a 3-minute walk and Love Pier Station is 6 minutes.

        Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung ¥6,007
        Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung

        Ambassador Hotel Kaohsiung

        202, MingSheng 2nd Road, Kaohsiung
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          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 Museum of Fine Arts are also within 3 mi (5 km). Love Pier Station is 10 minutes by foot and City Council Station is 11 minutes.

          City Suites - Kaohsiung Chenai ¥3,915
          City Suites - Kaohsiung Chenai

          City Suites - Kaohsiung Chenai

          No.1, Dayi St., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pier-2 Art Center and Love River. Hanshin Department Store and Central Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dayi Pier-2 is only a 2-minute walk and Love Pier Station is 7 minutes.

            Fullon Hotel Kaohsiung ¥6,542
            Fullon Hotel Kaohsiung

            Fullon Hotel Kaohsiung

            No.45 Wufu 4th Road, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Love River, Pier-2 Art Center, and Hanshin Department Store. 85 Sky Tower and Liuhe Night Market are also within 2 mi (3 km). Love Pier Station is only a 5-minute walk and Yanchengpu Station is 6 minutes.

              Hamasen Homestay
              Hamasen Homestay

              Hamasen Homestay

              No. 66, Lixiong St., Gushan District, Kaohsiung
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Gushan District, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Takao Railway Museum and Pier-2 Art Center. Love River and Hanshin Department Store are also within 2 mi (3 km). Sizihwan Station and Hamasen Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                WO Hotel ¥5,296
                WO Hotel

                WO Hotel

                No.394, Qixian 2nd Rd., Qianjin Dist., Kaohsiung
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Love River and Liuhe Night Market. Pier-2 Art Center and Central Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). City Council Station is 12 minutes by foot and Yanchengpu Station is 14 minutes.