Saturday, September 28, 2019

Taiwan Trip Day 10 - Kaohsiung (高雄) | The Pier 2 Art Center (驳二艺术特区)

10 December 2018

Our second day in Kaohsiung and we will be self traveling through the city on our own. As usual, we woke up early after a restful night at Jia's Inn. Our accommodation is only 5 - 10 minutes walk away to Metro Stations (O4 - City Council & O5/R10 - Formosa Boulevard) and hence getting around Kaohsiung city is really easy and convenient with the developed metro and bus network in place that brings us straight to the shopping malls and places of interest.

Kaohisung Station Guide Map

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Taiwan Trip Day 9 - Kaohsiung (高雄) | Liuhe Night Market (六合夜市)

9 December 2018

Liuhe Night Market (六合夜市) - Our final stop for Day 9. After a long day touring around the city, it feels good to know that the open-air night market is only minutes walk away from our accommodation - Jia's Inn.

Located in the heart of the city, getting to Liuhe Night Market is easy as it is close to the famous Formosa Boulevard Station (美麗島站) - Exit 11 at R10/O5. You can admire the renowned Dome of Light before heading on to a hearty feast at the food street as part of the itinerary. 

Liuhe Night Market has been around since 1950s with many food stalls stationed in Dagangpu area also known as Dagnagpu Night Market. Now, it is a very popular tourist destination with more than hundred stalls selling a variety of local delicacies.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

All-You-Can-Eat Ala-Carte Japanese Buffet at Kage Sushi (影寿司) @ Taman Sutera Utama [JB]

I mentioned it is pretty hard to find Japanese restaurants offering All-You-Can-Eat buffet in Johor Bahru. To date, we have only tried two over the years. One was TANBA Japanese BBQ which remains as one of my personal favourite still while the other is Kage Sushi (影寿司).

Actually this is probably our 3rd time here as our first two visits was ages ago. Kage Sushi has been in business for many years (since 2008) and offers over 100 dishes on their menu. The buffet comes with unlimited free flow of drinks, fruit, salad, dessert and soup at an affordable price tag.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Taiwan Trip Day 9 - Kaohsiung (高雄) | Shaved Ice Dessert (渡船頭海之冰) | The British Consulate at Takow (打狗英国领事馆文化园区)

9 December 2018

Part 3 of Day 9 @ Kaohsiung
1) Shaved Ice Desert 渡船頭海之冰
2) The British Consulate at Takow (打狗英国领事馆文化园区)

4pm - We left Cijin Island and our driver took us to a famous ice-dessert stall in Sizihwan - 西子湾(not far from Gushan Ferry Terminal) -  渡船頭海之冰

You can't miss the bright yellow colour building with a big banner displaying big bowl shaved ice-dessert. The corner shop has garnered a lot of supporters as it was crowded and we took awhile before managing to secure a table for our family.

What's so special about 海之冰 ice dessert? They serve shaved ice dessert with fruits and pudding/ice-cream in HUGE Bowls. Serving in various sizes - from a simple small bowl (x1) to a humongous size of x20! If you have a big group, you may want to take up the challenge to finish the biggest bowl they have in the shop!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Taiwan Trip Day 9 - Kaohsiung (高雄) | Cijin Island (旗津島)

9 December 2018

From Fo Guang Shan, we head towards Cijin Island (旗津島). Have heard this is a MUST-GO if you are in Kaohsiung (高雄) and we definitely will not give it a miss since we have traveled this far.

Kaohsiung is known to be a 'port city' because it has beautiful port views.

By Car
We hired a private car to take us around on our first day in Kaohsiung. Hence we drove into Cijin via a underwater tunnel (the one and only in Taiwan) that connects Cijin island to the mainland.

By Public Transport
Cijing Island is a 5 minutes ferry ride from Gushan Ferry Terminal which is near Sizihwan MRT Station (About 7 - 8 minutes walk).  Take the Orange Line and alight at R01 - Sizihwan. Take Exit 1, turn left and walk to the end of the street. Make a right turn and you will reach Gushan Ferry Terminal.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Taiwan Trip Day 9 - Kaohsiung (高雄) | Fo Guang Shan (佛光山)

9 December 2018

Day 9 into our 2 weeks Taiwan Family Travel Trip. From Tainan, we set off to Kaoshiung (高雄). Our first stop of the day is visiting Taiwan's largest Buddhist Temple - Fo Guang Shan (佛光山). Located in Dashu District in Kaohsiung City, it is about 1 hour drive from Tainan.

Fo Guang Shan (高雄佛光山) - founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun who advocated 'Humanistic Buddhism', hoping to bring peace and love to the real world. This differs from the traditional Buddhism,  as it focus on the current living in the world than after life. To glorify the Dharma, together with his following monks, they build the monastery from 1967.

In 1997, Master Hsing Yun decided to close the mountain gates of Fo Guang Shan to the general public to create a more cloistered atmosphere for the practicing monks. Parts of the Monastery were then reopened in 2000 providing the public a place to practice Pure Land Buddhism.

Covering about 100 hectares, you probably really need half or full day to have a good look at the temple.