Kaohsiung City, Taiwan's hidden gem in the south, offers a vibrant mix of urban culture and natural beauty appealing to travellers from all walks of life. Often overshadowed by Taipei, Taichung, or Alisan, this port city is a treasure waiting to be explored, with authentic Taiwanese experiences to uncover around every corner.

Reminiscent of the allure found in other ‘second cities’ like Jeju, Busan, or Yokohama, Kaohsiung’s dazzling kaleidoscope of cultural richness, historical depth, and scenic beauty makes it an ideal destination for those looking to explore beyond the conventional tourist trails.

Moreover, Kaohsiung’s strategic location makes it a convenient base for exploring the rest of Southern Taiwan via the island-wide High-Speed Rail (HSR) network. The efficient intra-city Kaohsiung MRT system also makes travelling between attractions both easy and enjoyable, allowing you to get the most out of even the shortest of trips.

Plus, Singapore Changi Airport is directly connected to Kaohsiung with flights operated by China Airlines, making the city a convenient and attractive getaway from Singapore.

From the iconic Lotus Pond to the bustling Liuhe Night Market, get ready to fall in love with Kaohsiung – your next favourite Taiwanese destination! To help you get started on your trip planning, we’ve gathered some attractions and experiences to add to your itinerary, plus handy tips for a truly unforgettable journey in Kaohsiung.

1. Visit the iconic Dragon and Tiger Pagodas at the Lotus Pond

Kaohsiung’s Lotus Pond, a scenic body of water dotted with temples and pagodas, is an iconic symbol of the city’s rich spiritual and cultural heritage.

Here, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas not only stand as symbols of protection and good fortune but also serve as gateways to a realm where architecture and mythology intertwine. Entering the pagodas via the dragon's mouth and exiting through the tiger's jaws is believed to turn bad luck into good fortune – another reason why this area is so popular with both locals and visitors.

Plus, the area is not just a spiritual centre (although travellers of all religions and faiths are welcome, and you aren’t required to perform any rituals during your visit) but also a photographyic haven, especially during the lotus blooming season in the summer months (May to September). 

As you lay your eyes on the majestic temple buildings, take a moment to enjoy a moment of reflection amidst serene waters within the bustling city.


Address: No. 9號, Liantan Rd, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 813
Opening hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm daily

2. Experience a slice of local life at Sanfeng Temple

Nestled within the bustling streets of Kaohsiung, Sanfeng Temple stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of local faith and community. 

This ancient temple not only offers a window into the spiritual practices that have shaped Taiwan but also serves as a cultural cornerstone where traditions are preserved and passed down through generations. The red lanterns that adorn the temple are not just an IG-worthy photo spot; they're beacons that draw the curious and the faithful alike, creating a vibrant tapestry of life that pulses to the rhythm of prayers and rituals. 

Beyond its spiritual significance, Sanfeng Temple acts as a starting point for adventurers eager to dive into the old streets of Kaohsiung, where every corner reveals another layer of the city's rich heritage. Surrounding shops purvey traditional snacks, street food, and artisanal goods, giving you a glimpse of Kaohsiung’s mix of old and new.


Address: No. 134, Hebei 2nd Rd, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 807
Opening hours: 6:00am to 10:00pm daily

3. Uncover your artistic side at Pier 2 Art Center

Once an abandoned warehouse district, the Pier 2 Art Center has been transformed into a thriving artistic space reminiscent of Kaohsiung’s transformation from an industrial powerhouse to a thriving cultural hub.

The neighbourhood is not just a place to view art; it's a community where artists and visitors come together to share ideas and inspiration. Take a stroll past labyrinthine galleries, quirky sculptures, and large-scale installations, or pop into an independent retailer to pick up a unique piece of home decor.

The former warehouses occasionally host pop-ups and other ad-hoc events too, allowing visitors and locals alike to immerse themselves in Taiwan’s cultural milieu and innovative artistic spirit.


Address: 803, Taiwan, Kaohsiung City, Yancheng District

4. Embark on a coastal escape to Cijin Island

A short ferry journey from the hustle and bustle of Kaohsiung City, Cijin Island offers a delightful blend of history, culture, and seaside charm. 

This narrow strip of land is a microcosm of Taiwan's diverse heritage, offering everything from ancient forts and lighthouses to tranquil beaches and bustling seafood markets. Step into history at Cihou Fort or climb the Kaohsiung Lighthouse for panoramic views of the city. The island’s black sand beaches are yet another can’t-miss sight and are perfect for long leisurely walks on the sand or a cooling bike ride down the coast. 

Before heading back to the mainland, be sure to tuck into street food and fresh seafood dishes at any of the small eateries along the main street, adding to the allure of this coastal getaway.


Cihou Fort
Address: Mount Cihou, Qijin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 805
Opening hours: Open 24 hours daily

Kaohsiung Lighthouse
Address: 80541, Taiwan, Kaohsiung City, Qijin District, 旗下巷34號
Opening hours: 10:00am to 9:00pm daily

5. Savour culinary delights at Liuhe Night Market

No visit to Taiwan would be complete without spending some time at a night market, and Liuhe Night Market is by far the best night market Kaohsiung has to offer. Each stall offers a story, a taste of the local life that invites you to explore with your senses. 

From tantalising seafood porridge to sweet treats to grilled meats, the market offers a gastronomic adventure in the heart of the city centre. It's not just about food; it's about experiencing the vibrant nightlife and the local way of life – connecting you to the very soul of Kaohsiung. (Psst, want to explore the full spectrum of Taiwan’s gastronomic offerings? These Michelin-starred restaurants in Taipei should be next on any foodie’s list!)


Address: Liuhe 2nd Rd, Xinxing District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 800
Opening hours: 5:00pm to 2:00am daily (Hours may vary for individual stalls)

6. Indulge in retail therapy at Hou Yi Shopping District

The Hou Yi Shopping District, with its array of shops and malls, is a paradise for shoppers. 

From the latest fashion trends to traditional Taiwanese crafts, Hou Yi is a pulsating marketplace that caters to every taste and budget. The district's vibrant atmosphere is infectious, drawing locals and tourists alike into its lively embrace. 

Here, shopping is more than just a transaction; it's an adventure, a chance to discover something new and unique. Whether you're in search of luxury brands, shopping for the latest lifestyle tech, or keen to find that perfect souvenir, Hou Yi Shopping District offers a shopping experience that's as diverse and dynamic as Kaohsiung itself.

And even if you’re not a big spender, it’s worth it to drop by to snap a photo with the district’s iconic canopy of rainbow umbrellas.


Address: Anning St, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 807
Opening hours: 10:00am to 8:00pm, Monday to Saturday (Closed on Sunday; hours may vary for individual stalls)

7. Seek serenity in a spiritual oasis at Fo Guang Shan Monastery

For those seeking a break from Kaohsiung’s bustling urban landscape, Fo Guang Shan Monastery offers a sanctuary of peace and spirituality just outside the city. 

This sprawling complex is not just a place of worship; it's a journey into the heart of Buddhist philosophy and art. The monastery, with its museums, shrines, and iconic Big Buddha statue standing tall amidst lush greenery, invites visitors to explore a world where faith meets culture. 

Serene gardens and reflective spaces provide a respite from the chaos of daily life, offering a moment to ponder the deeper questions of existence. For those seeking a moment of soul-enriching tranquillity, Fo Guang Shan is definitely worth a visit.


Address: No. 153, Xingtian Rd, Dashu District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 84049
Opening hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm daily

Kaohsiung travel tips to make your holiday a breeze

Have we convinced you that Kaohsiung is worth visiting? No doubt you’ve started dreaming of your getaway to this coastal city in Southern Taiwan, so here are some travel tips to make your Kaohsiung trip planning even easier:

  • Direct flights to Kaohsiung from Singapore and other major cities make it an easy addition to your travel itinerary. 
  • For those thinking of combining their trip with a couple of days in Taipei, the HSR offers a swift and scenic commute between the two cities, with the journey taking between 1.5 hours and 2 hours. 
  • In terms of accommodation, Kaohsiung offers a range of options, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly stays to family-run inns catering to all preferences and travel needs.
  • Be sure to pack a universal travel adapter for your Singapore appliances, as Taiwan uses a different set of power plugs. Standard voltage in Taiwan hovers around 110V (much lower than Singapore’s 230V) so it’s recommended to have a voltage converter in your adapter to protect your devices and appliances.

Kaohsiung is a city that no doubt deserves a spot on your travel list. With its unique blend of culture, art, nature, and cuisine, it offers an experience distinct from the popular Taipei. Whether you're exploring the spiritual depths of Fo Guang Shan Monastery or soaking in the lively ambience of the Liuhe Night Market, Kaohsiung promises a journey filled with discovery and delight.

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Best time to visit

Deciding when to visit Kaohsiung depends on what you want to do during your trip. The city enjoys a subtropical climate, making it a pleasant year-round destination. However, spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) present the most favourable weather conditions, with moderate temperatures and lower humidity levels, perfect for exploring outdoor attractions like the Lotus Pond and Cijin Island. Summer (June to August) in Kaohsiung can be hot and humid but is ideal for those who love beach activities and water sports. Winter (December to February), on the other hand, is milder compared to other parts of the world and offers a comfortable climate for sightseeing and enjoying the city's vibrant street food scene.


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Kaohsiung boasts an impressive and convenient public transportation network, spearheaded by the Kaohsiung MRT system. This efficient metro connects major tourist spots within the city, making it easy for travellers to navigate their way around. For more localised travel or for exploring at a leisurely pace, the city's bike-sharing program, CityBike, provides a fun and eco-friendly way to see Kaohsiung’s sights or even plan a cycling trip across Southern Taiwan. The city is also well-connected to the rest of Taiwan through the HSR, with Zuoying Station in Kaohsiung serving as a major hub for those looking to explore beyond the city limits.

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