Kaohsiung Tourist Attractions and Best Things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung is the second biggest city on the island known as Isla Formosa and it has created a reputation over the past years. Kaohsiung is popular as an industrial city but the City Government has done a good job to change the perspectives of people. Here are some of the top things to do in Kaohsiung:

Best Things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Best Things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Top 15 things to do in Kaohsiung


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Go sightseeing at the Love River

Love River in Kaohsiung
Love River in Kaohsiung

Love river is one of the places to visit while in Kaohsiung City as it plays a very important role in both economic and tourism development in the city. You can go on a boat cruise here but if you prefer to stay on the land, you can explore the Love River Park where you can go running, cycling, or go on a relaxing stroll just before the sunset. You will love the night view of the Love River and there are outdoor cafes and a night market that you also explore.

Watch the sunset at the Old British Consulate

Former British Consulate at Takao by clsung via Wikipedia CC
Former British Consulate at Takao By clsung (@flickr) , CC BY 2.0

One of the top things to do in Kaohsiung is to watch the sunset. If you want to watch the sunset, you can take bus 99 and hike the hill which overlooks the harbor. At the top, you will see an elegant red brick building which used to be the colonial mansion for the British Consul. You can watch some exhibitions inside and you can have a drink or meal on the open terrace. You will have a great view of the sea and in the evening, you can also watch the sunset.

Visit Lotus Pond

Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung
Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung

This is an artificial lake and a tourist attraction which was located at Zuoying District. It was built in 1951 and it is well known for its numerous lotus plants and temples. The highlight of the tour is Spring and Autumn Pavilions, Confucian Temple, and Dragon Tiger Pagodas. This is also a famous spot for sporting events like water ski and dragon boat, you can also go and watch sunrise here and you will get to take Instagram worthy pictures that your friends and family will love.

Go meditate in the mountains

Yuan Heng Temple by Outlookxp via Wikipedia CC
Yuan Heng Temple by Outlookxp via Wikipedia CC

One of the things to do in Kaohsiung is to meditate in the Yuan Heng Temple. You can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city by going to the temple. The Buddhist Monastery is located on a ridge at the southern edge of Shoushan hill. The interior of the temple is quiet and vast and you can sit in front of the three giant Buddhas for hours without being disturbed any time of the week.

Go hiking at Shoushan

Formosan rock macaque
Formosan rock macaque

If you are the adventurous type, you can go hiking at Shoushan. Shoushan is a mountain which is located in the Gushan District and it is also known as Monkey Mountain because there are many monkeys around it. You can go people watching here as it is a hotspot for both locals and tourist because of the beautiful nature. You can also go visit the Shoushan zoo, Martyr’s Shrine Temple, the love Observatory and at the foot of the mountain, you can also visit Sizihwan, the national Sun Yat-San University and so on.

Visit the busy Kaohsiung Harbor

Kaohsiung Harbor
Kaohsiung Harbor

This is a lively place and if you are bored or lonely while you are in Kaohsiung, then this is a right place for you. There are a lot of activities that you can try here like cycling, sipping a drink by the water, watch as ships load and unload containers and even go people watching at the harbor.

Go sightseeing at the Fine Art Museum

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts by vegafish via Wikipedia CC

This is among the best thing to do in Kaohsiung as you will find tranquility from the hectic pace of the city at this museum. This is located in the middle of a quiet and vast park and the museum displays both foreign and local artwork. This is one of the best places to spend an afternoon on a rainy day.

Learn history at Fo Guang Shan

Fo Guang Shan in Khaoseung
Fo Guang Shan in Khaoseung

This is a famous tourist attraction that combines recreation with a learning experience. If you want to learn about history, this is the perfect place for your experience and learn about the Buddhist culture while you enjoy the stunning architecture and landscapes. This is also the biggest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan and it was built in 1967. Fo Guang Shan covers 30 hectares’ area and it includes university buildings, shrines, and a cemetery. The highlight of the site is the Buddha Memorial Center which is a huge Buddha Statue which is 108m high.

Explore TianLiao Moon World Landscape Park

Moon World Landscape Park by Black9869184 via Wikipedia CC
Moon World Landscape Park by Black9869184 via Wikipedia CC

This is among the famous badlands and mud volcano sites in Taiwan. It is called Moon World because of its unique surface which resembles the surface of the moon and it is a badland as it is almost impossible for crops to grow around the site. As the tourist site becomes popular, the government constructed many observatory decks along the hiking paths. This is one of the best places to visit in Kaohsiung as it offers many hiking trails and opportunities for wildlife photography.

Go sightseeing at the Museum of History

Kaohsiung Museum of History by Taiwan Junior via Wikipedia CC
Kaohsiung Museum of History by Taiwan Junior via Wikipedia CC

If you don’t really love history, then this is not a place for you. The building exterior looks stunning but the interior will not catch your fancy as the exhibitions are not presented very well and there are not much to see here. Although, as a history lover, you will enjoy the section which explains the 2-28 incident and also the sepia pictures on the second floor.

Go sightseeing at Ciaotou Flower Farm

Ciaotou Flower Farm
Ciaotou Flower Farm

This farm should definitely be on your itinerary if you visit Kaohsiung during November as there are many events that take place here in mid-November. You will surely love the scenic view at the Ciaotou Flower Farm. You can also try out traditional Taiwanese cuisines like the Stinky Tofu at the food stands while you enjoy the view of the colorful flowers.

Have fun at Pier 2 Art Center

Pier 2 Art Center by Anav Rin via Wikipedia CC
Pier 2 Art Center by Anav Rin via Wikipedia CC

This is a favorite hotspot of the locals in Kaohsiung and this is a place where friends, families, and couples come to have fun. The art center is located in the Yancheng District and it was formerly used as a warehouse site when it was built in 1973. You can watch most of the art at Pier 2 Art Center for free but there are some seasonal exhibitions which reward an entrance ticket.

Explore Zizhu Village

The Zizhu was built in the 1940s to the late of 1950s to provide accommodation for national soldiers and their family but the villages were poorly managed and they were demolished and replaced with other buildings. Many students and artists come together to decorate the houses so that the buildings in the Zizhu village was demolished and you will love the colorful buildings in this village. You can take relax, take pictures, and also appreciate all the art that was made in the village for free. (Zhizhu Village, unfortunately, has been closed permanently by the local government.)

Have fun in Cijin Island

Cijin District view from Mt QiHou by Peellden via Wikipedia CC
Cijin District view from Mt QiHou by Peellden via Wikipedia CC

This is a small island and it is considered among the districts in Kaohsiung and you will take a ferry from Gushan to get here. There are many sites that you can visit here like the Cihou Fort, Tianhou Temple, Cihou Lighthouse, Cijin Wind Turbine Park, and so on. You can also go to the Cijin Beach to soak your feet and relax.

Walk around Kaohsiung City

Kaohsiung City
Kaohsiung City

Although Kaohsiung City does not have many attractions for tourist. You can walk around the city and you will surely love the city, the vibe and the people in the city. There are many hidden beautiful gems that you will enjoy while exploring the city.

Fo Guang Shan Khaoseung
Fo Guang Shan Khaoseung

Although Kaohsiung is still developing into a tourist destination, you will still have many attractions that you can visit which you will surely enjoy.

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Zuoying Lotus Pond

Zuoying Lotus Pond photo via KLOOK
Zuoying Lotus Pond photo via KLOOK

Zuoying District has a lot to offer its many visitors, with one of the most sought-after sites being the Lotus Pond.

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