Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan, has recently been getting more attention in the tourism industry. And just like any other city on this island, Kaohsiung also has a variety of must visit places including its famous night markets. These night markets are also favorite destinations among locals because they are accessible via public transportation and offer a variety of options for food, fashion and lifestyle.
Rui Feng Night Market
The Rui Feng Night Market is one of the top night markets in the city because of its strategic location. The night market is just a 5-minute walk from the Kaohsiung Arena MRT station and the Hanshin Arena shopping mall. To get there, travelers can take a train from the closest station, get off at Kaohsiung Arena Station, take exit 1 and walk towards the night market. Although there are clothing stalls and games at Rui Feng, food is the main attraction of this particular night market, starting from stinky tofu to papaya milk. So, if you are planning to experience Rui Feng Night Market, be sure to come with an empty stomach! The night market is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays, so be sure to also plan your trip accordingly!
Liuhe Night Market
During the day, Liuhe 2nd Road will look like any other road in Kaohsiung. However, the road is closed off after 6 PM and it transforms into the famous Liuhe Night Market. The night market runs for 3 blocks straight and is filled with numerous food stalls, but the main attraction here is seafood. There is a variety of seafood dishes sold at Liu He Night Market including squid, lobster, crabs, etc. For the more adventurous souls, there is also a snake restaurant located at the east side of the night market. Getting to Liuhe Night Market is quite easy because it is located a few minutes walk from Formosa Boulevard MRT Station, which is the intersection of the red and orange line train. Arriving at the station, travelers should walk to exit 11, which will lead to the eastern side of the market.
Kai Xuan-Jin Zhuan Night Market
The Kai Xuan-Jin Zhuan Night Market opened in 2013 and is the newer night market in Kaohsiung. This night market is said to be the biggest night market in Kaohsiung and it is actually two night markets side by side. Each night market offers a variety of food, clothing and game stalls. Like all other night markets in Kaohsiung, the Kai Xuan-Jin Zhuan Night Market is also very accessible via public transportation. However, the location of this night market is far from the city center itself, but close to one of Kaohsiung’s biggest shopping malls (Dream Mall). To get there, travelers can take the train, get off at the Kaisyuan Station, and then head to exit 2. There is a shuttle bus to get to the night market and it is free, but walking is an option as well.
The night market experience in Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung’s night markets are such favorites for both local and international travelers because they are very accessible via public transportation. They are also great ways to experience the popular culture of Taiwan, because not only do they offer food, but also clothing, accessories, and gadgets that are trending in the local community. So, are you heading to Taiwan soon? Be sure to stop by in Kaohsiung and experience their night markets!
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