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Kaohsiung
Travel Guide

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.

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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 SG$91 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (921 reviews)
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"Great hotel located next to lover river. It's quiet and the dinner buffet was great. The staff are friendly and helpful. Will stay again when visiting Kaohsiung again."…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec,2020

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Hotel Midtown Richardson Kaohsiung Boai
Hotel Midtown Richardson Kaohsiung Boai
3.5 out of 5
338, Bo Ai 1st Road, San Min District, Kaohsiung
The price is SG$54 per night from 5 Apr to 6 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Sanmin, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Heart of Love River, Ruifeng Tourist Night Market and Kaohsiung Arena. Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,343 reviews)

"Everything good! Looking forward for next trip in Kaohsiung"…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct,2020

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Hotel Dua
Hotel Dua
4 out of 5
NO 165,Lin- Sen 1st Rd, Kaohsiung
The price is SG$187 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Kaohsiung City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dome of Light and Central Park. Liuhe Night Market and Hanshin Department Store are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (966 reviews)

"高空酒吧飲料好喝,景色很美。早餐種類豐富,在高空享受早餐的經驗非常好。房間很寬敞,兩個行李箱攤開都綽綽有餘,備品的質感很好。床軟硬適中,枕頭包覆性加隔天睡起來精神飽滿。飯店的地點離捷運站只要10秒鐘,下次還會想再入住。"…"

Reviewed on 4 Sep,2020

Hotel Dua
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The Tale of Butterfly
The Tale of Butterfly
2 out of 5
No.92-5, Chaoyuan, Meinong District, Kaohsiung
The price is SG$295 per night from 29 Mar to 30 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Meinong, this campsite is within 1 mile (2 km) of Jiuxionglin Shan and Zhutou Shan. Jian Shan is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"去的時候剛好遇到寒流,但熱水溫度與水量相當充足。 自助吧結合當地食材做創意料理,也相當美味。 環境舒適貼心,也有免費出借桌遊供消遣。"…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan,2021

The Tale of Butterfly
Statt de Vallee
Statt de Vallee
2 out of 5
No. 130-72, Heping Rd., Liouguei District, Kaohsiung

Located in Liugui District, this campsite is 13.8 mi (22.1 km) from Maolin Butterfly Trail and within 25 miles (40 km) of Dajin Waterfall and Meinong Folk Village. ...

Statt de Vallee
85 Prague Homestay
85 Prague Homestay
3 out of 5
12 F, No. 5, Ziqiang 3rd Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung
The price is SG$35 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (37 reviews)
Nice

"Super helpful staff and great window view"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jun,2019

85 Prague Homestay
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