When you have the opportunity to travel Taiwan, do not forget to visit Kaohsiung — the second largest city in the south of the island. In contrast to the crowded and bustling Taipei, in Kaohsiung, there are distinct points of a port city (the 4th largest in the world): the climate is more moderate (especially not too cold in the cold season), spacious street, friendly people. Coming to Kaohsiung, you take only 2 days to discover the special places of this city. What to do in Kaohsiung for 2 days? Let’s discover suggested itinerary Kaohsiung through our Kaohsiung itinerary blog (Kaohsiung Taiwan itinerary blog): Kaohsiung itinerary 2 days (Kaohsiung 2 days itinerary) — How to spend 2 days in Kaohsiung from how to get to Kaohsiung to top things to do and best places to visit in Kaohsiung below.
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How to get to Kaohsiung?
Kaohsiung is located in southern Taiwan. In Taiwan, there are Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung has located far away in Tainan. From other cities to Kaohsiung, you can choose from a variety of vehicles depending on your desired time and cost. Here, Living Nomads will introduce you to the simplest, fastest and most affordable way to have a saving and perfect trip.
Option 1: By train
The normal train takes from Taipei to Kaohsiung about 5-6 hours. Traveling from Taichung is about 3 hours. Train tickets can be booked on the railway site or purchased directly. The train is very quiet, but a little longer time.
Kaohsiung ticket price is about 20 dollars. Taichung or the shorter itineraries, then you should divide them into.
You can enter the website: http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/index.aspx
Option 2: By bus
The bus is the most popular way of Taiwanese. It is faster than the train. It takes 5 hours to travel from Taipei to Kaohsiung without traffic jam.
Ticket price Taipei – Kaohsiung about 17 – 23 dollars. For the tickets, come to buy directly or buy at Ibon seven. The major car brands, you can trust are Ubus, Kingbus, Aloha, Hohsin.
Option 3: By HSR
The most time-saving way to reduce travel time is by high-speed train. From Taipei to Kaohsiung, only 1.5 hours, the speed of the HSR to 300km/h, train on high, and you can view the scene. Always make sure you have a comfortable seat on the train, but the price is often less than the train ticket.
The HSR ticket Taipei – Kaohsiung is about 47 dollars and more. You can book the tickets at here: https://irs.thsrc.com.tw/IMINT?locale=en.
How to book HSR ticket? Please read our guide: HSR Taiwan travel guide — Everything you need to know about Taiwan High Speed Rail HSR.
Kaohsiung itinerary 2 days: Follow the Living Nomads to explore Kaohsiung in 2 days
Suggested itinerary Kaohsiung: Day 1: Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum – Eda World – Ruifeng night market
Because they are not located at the center of Kaohsiung, they are quite close together, so I will combine them together: time, energy and cost. I will introduce these two places:
Fo Guang Shan
This famous temple is an ideal place you can not miss when visiting Kaohsiung, where the highest Buddha statue in the world. From the entrance gate, you will be overwhelmed by the ‘magnificent splendor’ of this 100ha Buddhist monument, in the middle is the 108m high bronze cast bronze statue, the two sides are eight stupas. Fou Guang Shan is home to many gold Buddha statues and hundreds of copies of Tam Kinh by hundreds of people copy hand from many places. Also, if you are a Buddhist, you will probably want to admire the rare Buddha’s relic of the temple.One thing I like here is quiet, although there are a lot of people to visit, but absolutely not noisy.
Admission is free, but you should comply with the rules here (no smoking, no eating, no loud speaking, and you are not allowed to take photos in some indoor places).
Because this place is very large and few trees, you should bring umbrellas.
The next destination for Taiwanese travelers, Kaohsiung, is the EDA World complex. You can say this is a Kingdom because it’s full of everything from entertainment, sports, shopping, hotels, hospitals to schools. When you come here, people often like to sit on giant rounds to see the entire kingdom of Eda. Or you can stroll around the splendid and sumptuous shopping area, where there is also a large ice skating rink. For those who love adventure games or explore the beauty of European style and direction, you can choose EDA World Theme Park. Actually, this place is very wide and there are many interesting things to follow me, the whole day is not finished.
Prices (entrance fees)
- Huge wheel: About 6.5 dollars
- EDA World Theme Park: 22 ~ 30 dollars you can play all the games until the closing times.
How to get to these two places
- Take the MRT to ZuoYing-R16 station (this station is integrated with the HSR high-speed train station), then exit Exit 1 and you will see the bus stop.
- Take 8501 bus to Fou Guang Shan (2 dollars) and Eda World (about 1 dollars). Or if you just want to go to Eda World, you can catch the purple car with funny rhinoceros.
Ruifeng Night Market
After a day of walking and having fun, the evening is the time to full your belly. Ruifeng Night Market is the last place of the day. This is a night market with all of the things, from food to drinks, to clothing, or entertainment games. The food in this market is delicious, but you have to taste Oyster Omelet, tofu, fried chicken. Ruifeng night market is very suitable for food lovers, food prices are super cheap.
Ruifeng Night Market is very close to Kaohsiung Arena MRT (R14) – Exit 1, you can walk about 5 meters to arrive. Note, this market is opened on Tuesdays and Thursdays.