Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful train stations in the world, Formosa Boulevard Station (美麗島站) is unmissable for any visitor to Kaohsiung. Visitors should definitely head out of the ticket gates to see the amazing architecture on offer. You’ll probably transit via this station anyway, as it’s the main metro hub.
Formosa was the old name of Taiwan during the earlier colonial era, and means ‘Beautiful Island’ in Portuguese. The main attraction is the area known as the Dome of Light, marketed as the largest glass work in the world. Designed by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata, it was constructed using over 40,000 individual glass panels. You can’t really head here without getting a picture for your Instagram!
How to get there
Formosa Boulevard Station is a short ride from Kaohsiung Station (2 minutes, NT$20), and is located on both the red and orange lines of the Kaohsiung Metro. It’s also conveniently on the way to The British Consulate at Takow from Kaohsiung and Zuoying (for the Taiwan High Speed Train). There are a few bicycle rental stations outside, such as near exits 4 and 9.
Hours and fees
Hours: From around 5:30am to just after midnight
Admission: Section outside the ticket gates is free for anyone to have a look around
Official website: krtc.com.tw