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The Pier-2 Art Centre

No.1 Dayong Rd., Yancheng District, Kaohsiung 803, Taiwan
+886 7 521 4899
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At Pier-2, Collision is a Driving Force It was once an abandoned and forgotten warehouse buried in history due to the move from an industrial based segment to the service sector. However, with a group of persistent artist who injected waves of creativity and inspiration into the area, the Pier-2 area was released and re-born making the region a place where tourist and locals can come together to enjoy fine art. With the collision of an old area and new fine art, Pier-2 becomes an area of new vitality and liveliness. Located at the sides of the pier are the artistic warehouse clusters. Not only are there unlimited flows of cars, boats, sea breeze and people coming and going every day but also when looking at the vast ocean and sky, one is relaxed, stress-free with limitless thoughts. The encounter of the land and the ocean is so vast at Pier-2, it seems to symbolised the bright future ahead. The Operation Centre and the artists who have come to showcase their significant artworks both have their own dreams and visions for Pier-2. However both are willing to put down their differences to support one another and work towards a common goal which is the success of Pier-2. Despite the administrative and artistic conflict, both parties come together to become intimate partners, building an memorable and lasting image in the hearts of the people. Great cooperation needs time and hardship to accumulate. On Taiwan's Independence Day, October 10th, 2000, celebration fireworks were not only launched in Taipei. For the first time the government also decided to release fireworks in southern Taiwan, and Kaohsiung became the selected location. In order to find a suitable location to present fireworks, the organisers re-discovered the Pier-2 Warehouses just beside the harbour. Later in 2001, a group of passionate Taiwanese artists established the Pier-2 Artistic Development Association. Pier-2 has become the headquarters for artistic development in southern Taiwan. The Kaohsiung City Bureau of Cultural Affairs took over the Pier-2 Art Centre in 2006, starting a series of exhibitions and festivals such as the Kaohsiung Design Festival, the Chinese Character Exhibition, Kaohsiung International Steel & Iron Sculpture Festival, Kaohsiung International Container Art Festival, "Here comes the Kaohsiungers", Mega Port Festival, The Wall Moon Theatre, Kaohsiung Youth Innovative Design Exhibition, Intertidal Region, Point & Wavy Ribbon Formation Performance Season etc. Every performance and exhibition filled the city with creative vibes injecting new life to the Pier-2 Art Centre. In doing so, the centre has continuously been presenting avant-garde perceptions and appearances, while building this port city into an attractive cultural and living hub. TWR Entertainment, Inc. has found their home in Warehouse Number 9.TWR Entertainment, Inc. is a globally-focused, Asia-based media organisation that successfully blends world class creativity and groundbreaking technology innovation. Pier-2 has now become on par with the rest of the artistic world where imagination, creativity, and animation has become solid building blocks for the future. Kaohsiung's light rail system will be fully operational and linked to both the Red and Orange lines of the Kaohsiung MRT. The new system will significantly enhance the city's mass-transit system and create a more complete urban transportation network. With 35 stations and six transfer stations, the light rail system's two lines (Ring Line and Waterfront Line) will total 22.1km in length. Construction work is to start in October 2012, with the Waterfront Line scheduled to start running in December 2014. The light rail system will improve the quality of transportation in Kaohsiung, create a barrier-free environment, and hopefully encourage the city's 2.2 million motorcyclists to embrace a low-carbon form of transportation. Port of Kaohisung is the 12th busiest container port in the world. Consequently, Kaohsiung City Government has been actively shaping the port zone to become Asia's New Bay Area. Starting in 2013, the government will initiate a series of building projects in the port area, along piers 15 to 21 and nearby. Projects include the Kaohsiung Exhibition and Convention Centre, which will host major international exhibitions, the Port and Cruise Service Centre, which will serve travellers, the Kaohsiung Maritime Culture and Popular Music Centre, where musical and cultural performances will be held, and Kaohsiung Main Public Library, a superb example of eco-friendly architecture.
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No.1 Dayong Rd., Yancheng District, Kaohsiung 803, Taiwan
+886 7 521 4899

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Basically, it is like all the art centre converted from old warehouses. Some exhibit free, while some charges. As usual, there are some designer's stores catering for individual tastes.

Thank Serene C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Good be the day, could be the weather, but there was nothing going on here. I thought it should be the place to go, but in reality it turned out to be nothing. Waste of time.

Thank Gerben_NL_71
Reviewed 5 days ago

It wasn't what I expected, but I mean that in a great way. There are a lot of old wahrehouses on the port that have been converted into quirky and interesting shops, restaurants and art displays. The tram stops along here which is very convenient...More

Thank Anthony S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well organized with plenty of activities to do around here. Casual atmosphere and a great place for flying kite. Definitely worth recommending.

Thank Hank K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can spend about 2 hours here. This place has a series of artwork. I was amazed by the transformer at the back of an outdoor theater! You can find the famous luggage and upside down house here!

Thank Wan X
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting and unique with artistic interactive pieces for the young and old alike. It was great fun!

Thank suggaplum11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's the must-go place in Kaohsiung. Nice exhibition spaces that were once port warehouses. There are unique fun shops and restaurants that deliver more than expected, a good cinema that provides not only commercial movies but diversified artistic films, a duck tour spot that provides...More

Thank Rae K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at the Dayi Pier 2 stop by the quite new light rail line (tram) that uses innovative battery accumulator technology and hence lacks overhead wires. The tram runs about every 10 minutes and was very well patronised. The warehouses are attractive but a...More

Thank Victorianlad
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Nice place with lots of artsy shops selling unique gifts. If you're not into buying gifts, you can take plenty of photos there with their beautiful artifacts. If not, they do have cafes too!

1  Thank Sharon H
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Lots of unique art pieces. Old warehouses are converted into art galleries and shops. Great place to see ingenuity at work and the rise of the youth culture in Taiwan. Definitely deserve a visit

1  Thank P3107XEjonathans
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Response from calvinchan | Reviewed this property |
Hi , It is about a slow stroll of about 15-20 mins only . Hope you find it useful . Happy Holidays Calvin
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28 June 2015|
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Response from AhMeng78 | Reviewed this property |
The nearest MRT station from your hotel should be Sanduo station. Take the MRT towards Formosa Bouldverd station. From Formosa Bouldverd station, take MRT towards Siziwan MRT (Hamasing) station. From Siziwan MRT (Hamasing... More