Kaohsiung Travel Guide

  • 3 giant buddhas at main shrine
    3 giant buddhas at main shrine
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  • Buddhas on the wall beneath standing giant buddha
    Buddhas on the wall beneath standing...
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    Corridor of smaller rooms
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Kaohsiung Things to Do

  • Fogwangshan: a great place to relax

    The area of Fogwangshan Temple is a great place to relax and enjoy a walk in various parks, take a look out from barious panarama-viewpoint or take a seat in a shady plce of the surrounding parks. There are some Ponds with Koi - carps and other fishes, there are exotic flowers and a lot more to enjoy...

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  • Dasyung Baudyan, the "precious palace"

    Dasyung Baudyan, the "precious palace" is in fact one of the most beautiful temples in the Fogwangshan Temple. Visitor are welcome there as well, so dont miss any of the various great rooms and works of art in this temple !There is a really high, giant hall and all of the walls have great ornaments and in some walls you will find hundreds of Buddas...

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  • Fo Gwang Shan Temple

    Fogwangshan Temple, or Fo Guang Shan Temple is a giant complex built on a small hill outside of Kaohsiung with various shrines, temples, schools, museums, a Hotel, restaurant and an art gallery.Visitors are welcome and are able to enter almost everywhere that they want. In my other tips here you will find more pics and Infos about this temple.

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  • The "Great Budda Land"

    I have not counted them, but I am sure there are a lot more of 1000 buddas in all sizes in the "Great Budda Land" of Fo Guang Shan monastery ! There is a giant Budda on top of a hill and thousands of Buddas in various sizes along the way up. From the top you will also have a great view of the surrounding area.Walking through the whole...

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  • Lotus Lake / Lotus Pond

    This giant lake is an artificial lake and around of it you will find various mostly quite modern pagodas and temples. All of them are open to visitors, so dont hesitate to go inside and enjoy the special architecture. The pond is also a great area of recreation and you will see lots of local tourists as well.

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  • The Dream Mall Shopping Centre

    To get here take the metro to Kaisyuan Station; then take the free shuttle to the shopping centre.You can see this shopping centre all over Kaohsiung due to the huge ferris wheel on its roof. The Dream Mall comprises two buildings. One of them is shaped like a giant fish. The other has the ferris wheel. The building with the ferris wheel has a...

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Kaohsiung Restaurants

  • Bar in Ambassador Hotel

    Sky Lounge is on the 20F. It has excellent view to Love-River. Sometimes there is piano live show. It's nice place to relax yourself to deep in romantic atmosphere. Personally I recommended Margaret. 1 glass NT$280. Red wine is also nice. 1 glass N$260.

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  • Refreshing, tasty and local

    While you may be able to find the Chinese "Chua Bing" (shaved ice) dessert restaurants in many places, this one is rather famous and popular with the locals. Afterall, it was 4 locals who invited me to visit this one in particular.The open air restaurant will always be full of people. But thankfully you will usually only have to wait for one or two...

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  • Fresh local catch, Taiwanese style

    Cijin is known for its fishing markets and fresh seafoods. However many of the foreign tourists may not venture far enough off the path to get a true taste of the locals' favorites.This is both a tip for a restaurant and an off-the-beaten-path tip. After eating here, there are some beaches and parks that are worth a short walk around.The restaurant...

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  • Luxury Seafood Dishes in Low Price

    The restaurant is quite crowded during the lunch time. The place itself is very decent and looks a little like a market because it always flocked with tons of customers. The dishes is exceptionally delicious, it costs you only TN 100 for every dish and you have to pick it up yourself from the restaurant kitchen (which is unique). Black tea and rice...

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  • Chiji seafood

    Chiji is nearby sea and has rich fresh seafood. Reasonable prices are generally available, for example 1 dish costs NT$100~200. Cuttlefish, shrimp, sashimi and fish dishes are highly recommended.

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  • Stuffed Dumplings with meat

    Stuffed dumplings are rice balls made of sticky rice and inside filled with meat. Dumplings in soup together with vegetable makes it can warm one's heart. 5 balls 1 bowl costs NT$45.

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Kaohsiung Nightlife

  • Lo-Ho Nightmarket

    Lo-Ho Nightmarket is one of the most famous nightmarket in Taiwan. You can also call it as the top one in Koahsiung. It's located on Lo-Ho road. The road is wide and clean full of vendors. The main target for tourists is local food.

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  • Do the market shuffle!

    The night market is not as big as Taipei's or Hong Kong's, the stalls sell mostly street food while the others sell clothes, trinkets, jewelry and other personal effects. Come as you are!

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  • Place for Expats

    Since my time in Taiwan was limited, I wanted to capitalize on eating as much local food as I could. Therefore I did not try any of the food at Lighthouse, but have been told by several friends that the western foods served there (fairly large menu) are quite good.The drinks are always free flowing and served with smiles. It is definitely a place...

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Kaohsiung Transportation

  • Walking through Fo Guang Shan Temple

    In case that you are handicapped or have problems to walk a lot it might be that you should reconsidder an excursion to Fo Guang Shan Temple ! The whole temple was built on a hill, there are lots of steps and even when there are gentle paths as well going uphill, where you are able to avoid the steps, there are places, where you need to climb over...

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  • rent a bicycle

    It was interesting for me to learn that there is also a good system for going around by bicycle in the City of Kaohsiung. In many places there were seperate lanes like in my photos here.In General the cartrafic was also quite low in this City.

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  • organize your own private tour from the...

    In Kaohsiung I did not book any guided tour with the cruiseship because there was a lady sitting on my table, who had been there before and she knew where to go by taxi.We were 3 people in the taxi and shared the cost, that was a lot cheaper than an official tour, BUT it will mainly work fine when somebody of the group had been here before.In the...

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Kaohsiung Shopping

  • The biggest mall in Taiwan

    The Dream Mall building has a shape of a whale and on its roof there's a Sanrio ferris wheel. Other than the shapely architecture and what may pass for the "Kaohsiung Eye", the place is no different from other super malls with stores that sell all possible merchandise (clothes, shoes, furniture, accessories, houseware, etc.). The basement has a...

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  • Chain Shops

    nothing much special, just that you can find its branches easily. Try not to buy at the airport because they are always more expensive than others branches ourside the airport. dried beef, dried pork, plum jelly, shredded dried squid, etc really depends on your taste, i like eating and i like their food alot, but i only spent about NTD 1,500 to...

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Kaohsiung Local Customs

  • The tourist-info will meet you at your...

    When you arrive by cruisehip in Kaohsiung there will be a lot of stands of the Tourist-Information right there at your ship, so you get an idea what to do and where to go.All of them spoke good english, but no german and maybe also no other language but they were very friendly, helpfull and all of their services were free of charge except for the...

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  • walk to the Pagodas

    Take a walk to the pagodas of Lotos Pond, because all of them have beautifull ornaments and decorations inside and in almost all of them you will also be able to step up some stairs in order to have a great view of the surrounding area, just take a look at my extra-Pictures here as well !There will be souvenir-Shops and even toilets there as well...

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  • walk through the Dragon and Tiger

    Here in my main picture you will see the large Dragon and Tiger pagodas of Lotos Pond and you will be able to walk through them !The path for visitors starts in the mouth of the Dragon that has a lot of paintings inside, showing to good and the bad things in Life and trying to persuade the people to follow the right path in Life. At the end of the...

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Kaohsiung Warnings and Dangers

  • Pedestrian travel

    Walking can be hazardous to your health even on the "sidewalks" in front of stores. Step-ups and step-downs are typical. If you choose the scooter parking egress area between the street and store fronts DON'T make any sudden moves left or right without looking ahead and behind. Crossing at lights, delay a couple seconds to spot light runners. Even...

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  • traffic

    traffic,There are thousands of scooters that seem unregulated as to traffic rules. They drive wherever they like and on sidewalks . Anywhere.

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  • traffic

    Your must be very alert when walking, the scooters that exist in the thousands also use the sidewalks to drive and park. Auto traffic is also bad, running red lights is common. A subway being built may help but it will not be finished until 2007.

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Kaohsiung What to Pack

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring along your summer clothes and a few jackets and pull-overs. No sweaters and coats are needed.

    Photo Equipment: Developing fees and camera films in Taiwan are cheap. If you are traveling here, I'd suggest you get them developed here.

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Kaohsiung Off The Beaten Path

  • some more sights off the tourist-track

    On our way through the City we also passed by a place that looked like the reamains of some old fortification-wall, see it in my Pictures 1 & 2 !In my 3rd Picture: some old traditional houses in townand in my last 2 photos: houses in some sidestreets

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  • The "Non Dualty Gate"

    This is the "Non Dualty Gate" of the Fo Guang Shan, the gate that is the main entrance to the temple-area. The whole temple was built on a hill, so there are lots of steps up and down, but there is a sidepath as well that will take you uphill slowly and almost without steps.Nevertheless when you are handicapped you will never be able to really...

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  • the "Pure Land Caves"

    The "Pure Land Caves" are a museum or maybe we should call it an exhibition or amusementpark in the area of Fo Guang Shan Temple. The entrance is free and the walk through is over some steps up and down again. I am sure you need to know a lot about the life of Budda in order to see the idea behind of these rooms, but it was interesting anyway.

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Kaohsiung Favorites

  • Hakka Mei-No culture village

    Taiwan has 4 races: Taiwanese, Chinese, Hakka and Aboriginal people. In Hakka Mei-No culture village you can see part of Hakka's life. There shows mainly handcraft, food and souvenior.

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  • Faokuangshan-Buddahism Saint Place

    Faokuangshan is Buddahsim saint place. The most famous is hundert thousands golden statues. Faokuangshan is not only for monks, but also for normal people who would like to touch Buddahism, for example there is college for Buddahsim knowledge and camps for children.

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  • Chiji

    Chiji district is big beach. There is tunnel underground from Koahsiung port to it. Chiji is popular trip destination for elementary schools. The big sheet beach is water playing paradise for childred.

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the monks of Fogwangshan Temple
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another one of the many local temples
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Gushan Harbour and the British Consulate
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Cijin Island
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Chengching Lake (chinese: ¼á²M´ò)
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Lotus Lake Scenery (chinese: ½¬¦À¼æ)
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Fo Gwang Shan Temple (chinese: ¦ò¥ú¤s)
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The Martyr's Shrine
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Lotus Lake
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Love River
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Using the KRTC
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Not much lotuses in Lotus Pond...
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The Confucius temple
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Sorry, no visas issued here
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Kenting National Park
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Must be a thousand buddhas here!
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Chijin island
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Chichin Island
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Cijin Point
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Liu-Ho Night Market
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Buses in Kaohsiung
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Bus to Chijin Island from Kaohsiung city
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Love River
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Confucius Temple
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Lotus Pond
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Expatriates haunt
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Solemn Temple
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Scooter Rocks!!!
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