A Digital Nomad’s Guide to Kaohsiung City’s Pier 2 Art Center – WanderLawyer

Pier 2 Art Center has become the coolest thing to do in Kaohsiung City
Train At Dayi Pier 2 Station Of Kaohsiung Circular Light Rail System

Kaohsiung is a playground for digital nomad attorneys.

From intimate galleries to stunning murals, this city has many fun activities for digitial nomads who love of art and aesthetics.

Decades ago, no one expected this once-polluted factory town to become a culture and art hub.

But thanks to recent developments, this city has transformed into a major arts destination in Taiwan.

And one of the places that contributed to this change was the Pier 2 Art Center.

About the Pier 2 Art Center

The Pier 2 Art Center is one of the coolest hangout spots in Kaohsiung.

It’s located in Yancheng District and is known for helping transform the city from an industrial town to a cultural hub.

This place is a beacon of innovation and creativity.

Here, you’ll find former warehouses artfully converted into bars, music venues, artist studios, cafes, and shops.

Furthermore, this area is home to fascinating street art and exhibition places, including the Memories of Pier2 Warehouses and Pier-2 Contemporary Art.

On the weekends, The Pier Art Center also hosts local artist markets. 

History of the Pier 2 Art Center

Pier 2’s warehouses were built originally in 1973.

For years, they had been abandoned until local artists came up with an idea to bring them to life in the 2000s.

Then, the Bureau of Cultural Affairs of the Kaohsiung City Government stepped in to help this district evolve into a permanent fixture in the city’s culture and arts scene.

How to get there 

From Zuoying High Speed Rail Station or anywhere within Central Kaohsiung, take the KMRT and get off at Yanchengpu Station.

Once there, you’ll just have to walk for 5 minutes to reach the Pier 2 Art Center.

Another option is taking the LRT ( Kaohsiung Light Rail), which will get you closer since it runs along the pier.

You can find Penglai Pier 2 Station at the western end and Dayi Pier 2 Station at the eastern end.

But, the LRT is pretty slow, meaning it may not be your best option if you’re on a tight schedule.

What to see in the Pier 2 Art Center

Pier 2 Art Center: Main Section

A great way to start your visit to this arts district is to explore the Main Section.

Digital Nomads will find some of the best art installations and murals at this part of Pier 2.

Our favorites include the impressive Kaohsiung Train Station mural and the massive Transformer statue.

There’s also a small cinema, Starbucks and a bookstore, all housed in warehouses at the Main Section. 

Banana Pier 

Known formerly as Banana Shed, this historical building has been around since the 1950s.

Today, it’s a beloved landmark that draws tourists with its wide variety of products and services.

Its ground floor houses an international cruise terminal, themed stores, the Banana Story Museum, and specialty souvenir stores.

The second floor offers free parking and a unique seaside banquet venue.

Takao Railway Museum

Despite its small size, this museum is packed with interesting exhibits.

You’ll find vintage photographs, paintings, and the original timetable charts of every train station in Taiwan.

And the best part is you can visit this museum for free.

HOLO Park

HoloPark Salt District combines virtual reality technology and cutting-edge 5G holography to create this high-tech tourist attraction.

At this park, you’ll see stunning performances featuring extraordinary holographic shadow and light effects that blend seamlessly with real-life dancers.

Dayi Warehouse Cluster

The Dayi Warehouse Cluster is one of the latest additions to the complex.

The warehouses here are home to several creative independent shops sellings crafts, arts, jewelry, and ceramics.

Moreover, it has a live music venue and a craft beer bar.

For digital nomads traveling with kids, check out Wooderful Land, a store that sells traditional wooden toys to encourage creativity and enhance manual skills.

Other important information

Opening hours:

  • Sunday: 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
  • Monday: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM to 08:00 PM

Contact number: +886-7-5214899Address: 803, Taiwan, Kaohsiung City, Yancheng District, 新化里

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.