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CNNGo in Kaohsiung: Taiwan's largest port and coolest art
Art center, cultural park and Taiwan's best seafood. Kaohsiung isn't just another dull port city
Once known mainly for its industrial harbor -- or as a layover spot on the way to somewhere else -- the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has grown into a hub of art and culture.
It's now one of the most attractive destinations in Taiwan.
A warehouse-turned-art center.
An influential two-day outdoor music festival.
CNNGo explores how Kaohsiung has evolved so rapidly while managing to preserve its tradition.
Here are five episode highlights.
Pier-2 Art Center
Once a cluster of warehouses, Pier-2 Art Center has helped boost Kaohsiung's cultural credibility by providing a revamped space for artists and musicians to hold concerts and exhibitions.
Every year Pier-2 hosts events as part of the Kaohsiung Design Festival and Rainbow Bay music festival. The two-day Rainbow Bay Festival is one of the biggest music events in Taiwan.
The Pier-2 Art Center, No.1 Dayong Rd., Yancheng District, Kaohsiung Taiwan; +886 7 521 4899
A guest house located in one of Kaohsiung's oldest neighborhoods (Yan-Cheng), the 3080s Apartment was once a wedding dress shop founded by the current owner's grandmother.
The owner pays close attention to details that honor the history of the owner's family and of Kaohsiung itself. The 1930s and 1980s -- significant decades in Taiwanese history -- get special attention.
3080s Apartment, No.266 Wufu Forth Road, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung 803 Taiwan; + 886 7 521 5938
Hongmaogang Cultural Park
In 2007, the Hong Mao Gang Village was relocated to make room for the Port of Kaohsiung's Intercontinental Container Terminal. In order to preserve the history of the village, Hongmaogang Cultural Park was built.
The park includes exhibitions on the Hong Mao Gang community and replicas of old village houses.
The park is a great place to view the harbor.
Hongmaogang Cultural Park, No.2808 Nanxing Road, Xiaoxiang District, Kaohsiung Taiwan;
Da Dong Arts Center
Opened in 2012, half of the Da Dong Arts Center venues are outdoor.
A model of architecture and a home for art, the center is home to performance halls, exhibition space and Taiwan's first art library.
Da Dong Arts Center, No.161, Guang Yuan Road, FengShan District , Kaohsiung City
Shoushan Lover's Observatory
The highest point on Shoushan Mountain, the observatory offers some of the best views of Kaohsiung and includes a sculpture of the word "love" for romantically inclined models and photographers.
A quick ferry ride away, Cijin Island is arguably home to the best seafood in all of Taiwan -- no small feat or claim.
The beach is a good place to relax.
The island's centuries-old Matsu Temple is a must-see.
Cijin Island. Ferries run frequently from the Gushan District on the main island. The trip takes about five minutes.
CNNGo in Kaohsiung guests
Melisa Chiao, CEO, Da Da Arts Promotion
Daniel Chiu, owner, 3080s Apartment
Malone Chang, architect
Tiger Huang, singer
Peter Pan, Kaohsiung Sailing School
Ji Zi-hong, author
“Going Nowhere” -- Fire Ex
“Ocean in the night” -- Elephant Gym
“Dance together” -- Elephant Gym
“Bananas are not Fat” -- Youth Banana
“Galaxy”-- Elephant Gym
“Sunrise on the Rooftop” -- Fire Ex
“His Story” -- Youth Banana
“Persistence and Diligence” -- Youth Banana
"Finger" -- Elephant Gym
"Brave Love" -- Tiger Huang
"It’s Not That Easy" -- Tiger Huang