I love street art and outdoor exhibits, so when I discovered that Kaohsiung (高雄 / gao xiong) had a large art presence, I knew I had to check it out.

The hub seems to be the area around the Hamasen Railway Cultural Park (哈瑪星鐵道文化園區 / ha ma xing tie dao wen hua yuan qu) and Pier2 Art Center (駁二藝術特區 / bo er yi shu te qu). Like many other cultural hubs, this area consists of rows of converted warehouses. It also features a huge green space with rail tracks still fanning out across the park.

Here are some snapshots of what I came across:

There are a bunch of really cool shops scattered throughout the area including this one which had a periodic table made up of mugs.

Go Bears!

I’m not entirely sure how to describe the art, but it feels so Taiwanese and familiar at the same time. Occasionally, I thought I was back in Los Angeles wandering around the street art there. Maybe, this says something about art and how it can transcend language barriers.

Regardless, I can’t wait to come back again and see what new art the city has in store.

駁二藝術特區 (Pier2 Art Center)