Things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Those who love Taiwan would have made several trips to Taipei by now, but if you’re down for a trip that’s more laidback and slower-paced, Kaohsiung should be next on your travel bucketlist.

Kaohsiung shows off a unique and artsy and cultural side of Taiwan, coupled with scenic views of the port. Visit a nearby island, glamp in an area with hot springs or admire the beauty of traditional pagodas and pavilions – here are 16 things to do in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

1. Admire the free wall art & installations at Pier2 Art Centre

Image credit: @pier2art via Instagram

Located along one of the channels in Kaohsiung Harbor, Pier2 Art Centre is perfect for a leisurely stroll. You’ll be able to admire art installations and browse pop-up shops here – most noticeably the Transformer installation and wall murals of the Kaohsiung Train Station.

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Fans of mangaka like Junji Ito can visit the exhibit that has a VR experience and pop-up shop.
Image credit: @pier2art via Instagram

Most of the exhibits are within warehouses, with over 20 to go through, so plan for a full day of exploration. Some of the exhibits they currently have on display include one on a popular Japanese mangaka Junji Ito, a Jurassic x Dinosaur Snow World, and a dive into the history of the warehouses at Pier 2.

There’s also a weekend market and several pop-up stores if you want to check out some merch, keychains, clothes and even NFTs to take home as a keepsake of the trip.