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The Pier-2 Art Centre

No.1, Dayong Rd., 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., Kaohsiung 803, Taiwan
+886 7 521 4899
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Pier-2 Arts Centre is a collection of the old port's industrial warehouses converted into galleries for artists, graffiti wall paintings, recycled material sculptures, and a variety of creative, colourful, imaginative works of art. A wonderful human ambience as you explore the fascinating creations. It has...More

Thank global3adventure
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’m not gonna let the hot weather affect my rating like a few others do below. I mean, of course it’s gonna be hot if it’s summer lol. So please keep that in mind. There’re some pretty interesting artworks on display now, some are hidden...More

2  Thank StayReal17
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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Walked 10minutes from YanChengPu station but realise that there is train service available to the Pier 2 which is newly built ! If you wish to skip the Long walk, you may consider to take the mini train from sizihwan station. The Pier 2 is...More

Thank IO0908
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Some folks called it the 798 of Kaohsiung but it was a bit sadder than the esteemed art district in Beijing. There doesn't seem to be too many artists actually residing there and while there are factories with art in display, it feel like the...More

1  Thank lancyya
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Reviewed 7 June 2018

The Pier2 Art centre spans across a few streets, its converted from an old pier / port space into what it is today. I'd recommend to go on a weekday for lesser crowd. Also, to purchase the wrist band ticket that allows for entrance for...More

Thank Sinyee H
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

Pretty and interesting arts in the open air. It was quite hot but still good to visit. I liked the bookstore very much.

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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

This is an area with most of the art architecture and design within. However we made a mistake by visiting this area during noon. It was super hot and public transportation is hard to find. Good for photo taking

Thank Maeii
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Cool place to see interesting artwork which are representative of the Taiwanese society and culture. The only drawback is that there are few shelters around so it will be quite tiring to explore during a hot weather and not possible to visit on a rainy...More

Thank hello_there10
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Reviewed 23 May 2018

Nothing very interesting and not a die die must go place. It is more of a outdoor art museum. Great for youngster who like to take photo. Retail at this place is slight expensive.

Thank JosephAndrew_Lim
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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

インスタばえですね 鹽埕埔浴の1番出口をでて、地上に出て右です。 少しあるくてすぐ見えます。赤の大きなオブジェが見えます。 港?漁港?埋め立てではないと思いますが、とても素晴らしい景観です。 Subway鹽埕埔 stations Arrived → 1exit Around Here it takes a 2 minutes.

Thank Naoto T
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15 March 2018|
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Response from 1GirlArmy | Reviewed this property |
Take the MRT and alight at Yanchengpu Station and take exit 1. Walk bound for five minutes along Dayong Road and you will arrive there.
16 February 2016|
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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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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