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Showing posts with label kaohsiung. Show all posts

Taiwan Day 2 (Kaohsiung) : Fo Guang Shan 佛光山

7D Taiwan trip December 2012 : Kaohsiung + Taipei

Good Morning Kaohsiung! Love the view from my balcony. Wouldn't it be perfect if this is the view from my window back home?
View from Migo Hostel. The building on the right is the highest building in Kaohsiung. Tuntex Sky Tower 高雄85大樓

Our first stop - Fo Guang Shan 佛光山 - the largest and the oldest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. In chinese, it literary means "Buddha Light Mountain". 
If you are on the trip with elderly, then this is definitely one of the must-stop places in Kaohsiung.

Fo Guang Shan 佛光山
4 pagodas on each side of the Great Path to Buddhahood towards the Buddha statue

We were surprised to see couples were taking wedding photo here. They also offer as a wedding dinner venue. obamanotbadface.jpeg

The Big Buddha

Lunch @ Vegetarian restaurant 
Fo Guang Shan 佛光山
Address: No.153, Xingtian Rd., Dashu Dist., Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Direction: Take bus 8010/8011 from Kaohsiung main station at the bus interchange. 

Back to Taiwan Day 1 (Kaohsiung) : Dream Mall + Liu He Night Market

7D Taiwan : Kaohsiung + Taipei

7D Taiwan trip December 2012 : Kaohsiung + Taipei

This is my second trip to Taiwan but it was the first time i planned the whole trip with bf. Find someone to plan and discuss the itinerary with you to share the pain burden.

Before the trip - 

Take a trip down to Taiwan Tourism Bureau - Singapore office with a copy of your air ticket and hotel booking to sign up for this Taiwan Promotional Gifts Program. A complimentary Taipei MRT (metro) card and a free booklet of theme park tickets will be given. Till stocks last~

Taiwan Visitors Association, Singapore Office
Address: 30 Raffles Place, #10-01, Chevron House, Singapore 048622

Book Taiwan High Speed Rail (HSR) tickets early online to enjoy early bird discount. Cheaper and more convenience, so why not?

Taiwan Day 1 Kaohsiung : Dream Mall + Liu He Night Market  

Took the midnight flight to Taiwan by Scoot. Thought I could sleep during the flight and by the time I wake up, I already at Taiwan already. I was wrong. I could not sleep the whole night although I booked the last row where I could extend my seat all the way to the back. So, no no midnight flight for me again.

From Taoyuan airport to Taoyuan HSR station

Shuttle services
Ticket price: full fare NT$30
Tickets are sold at Taoyuan Airport: UBUS service counters at Arrivals Lobby of Terminals 1 and 2.
Toll-free hotline: 0800-241560 (Business hours: 24HR)

From Taoyuan HSR station to Zuoying Station (Kaohsiung) 

Our first stop was Kaohsiung so we took HSR to Zuoying station. Fastest but most expensive way. We had already bought the HSR tickets online before the trip to save the trouble of queuing up. The whole journey took around 1hr40min. I love their 7-11 stores where they have this "guan dong zhu" (关东煮) , similar to SG's yong tau fu (酿豆腐) . Best is can buy and eat in HSR!

Hotel : Migo Hostel (I really recommend) 

Located near Sanduo shopping district station. Exit 2 and walk for around 8 to 10 min walking distance from the station and shopping malls. Came across this hostel on Agoda and I was very amazed to know that it has many theme rooms. Mine was a very cosy family room and even had a swing at the balcony! 

Quad room with a sea view for 3D2N for slightly less than SGD200! It has a very amazing sea view too! It has 1 balcony, 2 bedrooms and 1 living room. Shiok or what? 
Migo Hostel 米果民宿 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Migo Hostel Sea View from my room
After settled down, we headed to the largest shopping mall in Taiwan - Dream Mall 夢時代購物中心.
Stop at Kaisyuan station and there is a shuttle bus (接驳车) just outside the station to Dream Mall.

Ferris Wheels @ Dream Mall
Dream Mall
Address: No. 789, Zhōnghuá 5th Rd, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City
Nearest train station: Kaisyuan station 凯旋车站

Check out this most beautiful and spectacular train station I ever seen. It is very well known for "The Dome of Lights", the largest glass work in the world.

The Dome of Light at Formosa Boulevard Station 美丽岛站

Taiwan is very famous for their night markets. Its like SG's pasar malam but just that they are permanent in the area. Liuhe night market is one of the most popular night market in Taiwan. 

Exit 11 of Formosa Boulevard Station and on your left will be the long stretch of Liuhe night market. 

Liu He Night Market 六合夜市

Liu He night market 六合夜市
Address: Liuhe 2nd Rd. & Zhongshan 1st Rd. intersection, Xinxing District, Kaohsiung City
Nearest train station: Formosa Boulevard Station 美丽岛站