The British Consulate at Takow （Shauchuantou）
The British Consulate and Residence is a renowned attraction in Kaohsiung that was recently designated a national historic site. An historic pathway connects the consular office by the waterfront with the consular residence on the hilltop. At the latter, the consul entertained visiting envoys and guests. Both were constructed in 1879, marking the opening of the first British Consulate established in Taiwan.
The British Consulate features vivid exhibitions that tell of the story of Takow’s past. While you are here, you can enjoy an authentic British afternoon tea. Atop the hill, visitors can take in the spectacular sunset and gorgeous view over Sizihwan Bay and the harbor.
No.20, Lianhai Rd., Gushan Dist., Kaohsiung City 804, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Telephone: (07) 525-0100
Pier-2 Art Center
Located close to the mouth of Love River and Hamasen, Pier-2 Art Center possesses unique geography and history. During the Japanese colonial era, Kaohsiung’s harbor was developed and a railway network was established. These laid the foundations for Taiwan’s industrial development.
Several years ago, during a city government survey of the harbor area, the Pier-2 warehouses were unexpectedly rediscovered. These loading bay warehouses were equipped with cranes to lift cargo directly off ships and put it into storage. With their open interiors and harborside location, Pier-2 was an ideal site for arts and cultural development. In 2001, a group of local artists began to push for the creation of Pier-2 Art Center.
In 2006, Pier-2 was taken over by Kaohsiung City Government Bureau of Cultural Affairs. The center now hosts all types of exhibitions and performances. It has been the venue of Kaohsiung Design Festival, Delight of Chinese Characters Festival, International Steel and Iron Sculpture Festival, Container Arts Festival, Youth Innovative Design Exhibition, Art Kaohsiung, Young Art Kaohsiung, Pier-2 Anime Festival, as well as concerts and other varied and energetic events. Over the years, the center has grown from three warehouses to 25.
No.1, Dayong Rd., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung City 803, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Telephone: (07) 521-4899
Hongmaogang Cultural Park
Hongmaogang Cultural Park is located at the entrance of the Port of Kaohsiung’s Second Harbor. The park was developed through the integration of resources around the existing Gaozi Tower and covers a total area of 3.42 hectares. The Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the Hongmaogang Cultural Association jointly planned six areas for the park: the Gaozi Tower Revolving Restaurant, the Exhibition Hall, the Outdoor Exhibition Area, the Sky Walk, the Pier and Waiting Room, and the Ocean Front Platform. Inside, the 400-year history of Hongmaogang is presented alongside the Port of Kaohsiung’s 100 years of development. Although Hongmaogang community has disappeared and is now only part of local history, this park ensures the lifestyle and spirit of its people will last forever in people’s minds.
No.2808, Nanxing Rd., Xiaogang Dist., Kaohsiung City 812, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Telephone: (07) 871-1815
Fongyi Academy, built in 1814, served successively as the Fongshan branch of the Japanese Army’s Tainan Garrison Hospital, a sericulture building, and an employee dormitory for Fengshan County Government during the Japanese colonial period.
After restoration, the academy reopened in 2014. It is the largest and most complete Qing Dynasty academy still existing in Taiwan. The original historical features of the building have been preserved, along with interesting exhibits relating to the imperial examination system and the history of old Fengshan County. The visitors can also worship Wenchang (the god of culture and literature) and light good-fortune lamps while praying for wisdom.
No. 62, Fongming St., Fongshan Dist., Kaohsiung City
Telephone: (07) 740-5362
Taiwan Pineapple Museum
Taiwan Pineapple Museum in Dashu District is the only remaining Japanese-era pineapple industry building in Taiwan. The museum shows both the cultural features of Dashu, and the historical development of Taiwan’s pineapple-canning industry. The highlight of the museum is a collection of more than 50 pineapple-can labels, and visitors can also participate in a can-sealing experience. The museum offers all kinds of creative pineapple products and locally produced desserts, plus an outdoor pineapple field landscape.
No. 42, Fuxing St., Dashu Dist., Kaohsiung City 840, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Telephone: (07) 652-2548
Cishan Station Sugar Railway Museum
Cishan Station, the only remaining station on the Ciwei Line, has been reborn as the Sugar Railway Museum. The Ciwei Line once prospered, then faded away, and was finally restored to glory. Through the restoration of the No. 353 steam locomotive, the Sugar Railway Museum was brought back to life for the general public. The museum exhibits life-size train tracks , so that visitors can tell the difference between 762mm tracks, standard gauge, and narrow gauge. Another section displays Taiwanese train models.
The No. 353 locomotive makes nostalgic tooting noises and puffs smoke just like in the old times, giving visitors a sense of what it was like to travel on the Sugar Railway. Even those born long after the station’s heyday can enjoy the fun of its history.
No. 1, Jhongshan Rd., Cishan Dist., Kaohsiung City 842, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Telephone (07) 662-1228