Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s second largest city, it is not inferior to Taipei, but not all tourists know (partly because Taipei is so wonderful). Therefore, today’s tourist destination will be for Kaohsiung. Especially if you love ancient things, you must follow this trip of Living Nomads. Our journey to discover the Qishan Old Street (or Cishan Old Street) will be a great suggestion for your upcoming trip. Now, let’s explore Qishan Old Street (Qishan Kaohsiung), one of the best places to visit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
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If you want to find a place to fully feel the local atmosphere of Kaohsiung, Qishan Old Street is the first place in your itinerary that you should visit. Calling the old town, of course, it must be very old, this has nothing to discuss, LOL. However, when you set foot here, in addition to feeling like returning to the 60s of the last century, you will be overwhelmed by the food and shopping paradise.
Qishan Kaohsiung: How to get to Qishan Old Street?
Public transport in Kaohsiung is also very developed. You can find on Google Map from your hotel location, the map will show you which station you need to go, the lines you will to go, very detailed, easy and complete. You get off at Cishan Bus Transfer Station and walk a little bit to entering the old town.
Tips: But this is an useful tip, because the ancient town of Qishan is close to the Meinong Folk Village, so we will combine these 2 places in 1 day itinerary for convenience. You can book tour from travel agencies such as KKday or Klook or take the train at Kaohsiung HSR Zuoying Station.
What to do in Qishan Old Street and Meinong Folk Village?
Like any other tourist destination, when coming to Qishan Old Street and Meinong Hakka Folk Village, there are countless places to checked-in, virtual living, sightseeing, eating, shopping and playing, depending on the preferences of each person. Here we will list some interesting places, suggestions for you to easily imagine.
Old Qishan Railway Station – The historic train station
The station was originally built by Japanese people to transport sugarcane – a typical agricultural product of the region. Later the station was further developed to “transport people”. Now it has stopped working but the entire architecture of the station is still preserved for visitors and indigenous people to visit and learn about the history of the place.
Address: No. 1號, Zhongshan Road, Qishan District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 842
Hours: Tuesday: Closed / 10AM–6PM
Phone: +886 7 662 1228
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
This is also one of the historic architecture in Qishan old street. The church has a luxurious and beautiful Gothic style that attracts many visitors regardless of religion to visit and see the art works here.
Address: No. 12號, Lane 140, Jiahou Road, Dajia District, Taichung City, Taiwan 437
Phone: +886 4 2687 2063
Qishan Tianhou Temple
This is the oldest temple (heard it has over 300 years of history) and is the sacred space spiritual center of the people of Kaohsiung. Bringing in Hokkien architecture (Southern China), including 2 main halls and 2 places of worship, this place currently preserves many important cultural and historical works. This place worshiped the Mazu goddess and was the first temple dedicated the Goddess of Mazu (Matsu) of Taiwan.
Address: No. 16, Lane 23, Yongfu Street, Qishan District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 842
Phone: +886 7 661 2037