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I believe that the world is paying more attention to Taiwanthan ever before due to its thorough measures against infectious diseases.
Taiwan is also a popular destination for travel and study abroad, and I would like to propose studying in Kaohsiung!
I’ll tell you honestly what I felt after living in Kaohsiung for a year, comparing it to Taipei.
I experienced a working holiday in Kaohsiung for a year from February 2020. I am currently writing a blog about my experience.
By reading this post, you’ll get to know why Kaohsiung is the place to be!
Five reasons why Kaohsiung is a good place to study abroad
１ Low cost of living
The first reason is the cost of living.
The first reason is the cost of living. For example, a piece of mango shaved ice costs about $150 in Taipei, but in Kaohsiung, you can have it for about $80!
Of course, prices vary depending on the size of the food, but this is a comparison of standard sizes.
Prices at drink stores and restaurants also vary, so be sure to compare.
It’s also worth remembering that prices tend to be lower in southern Taiwan!
2 Fewer international students from the same country than in Taipei
When studying abroad, the key to improving your language skills is to be able to use the language of the country you are studying in.
In that respect, Kaohsiung has fewer people from the same country than the capital, Taipei!
When I went to a language school in Kaohsiung, there were people who were all from the same country.
When I went to a language school in Kaohsiung, there were people who were all from the same country, and naturally, their language progress was slower than others.
So, if you want to improve your language skills quickly, Kaohsiung is the place for you.
There are many people from different countries studying in Kaohsiung, so I think you can improve your language skills together with them.
3 It’s easier to find roo lo han and gee lo han stores than in Taipei
Actually, until I came to Kaohsiung, I didn’t know that there are more of these restaurants in Kaohsiung than in Taipei!
And because they are cheap, fast and delicious, I consider them to be Taiwan’s fast food (lol).
I’ll keep you posted! To add to this, I would like to explain the differences between the northern and southern versions of roo han.
In the north, loo lo han is a large piece of meat on rice, while in the south, loo zao han is a small piece of meat on rice.
4 Convenient access from the airport to the city
Not surprisingly, Kaohsiung is only a 15-minute subway ride from the airport to the city!
In Taipei, however, the airport is located in Taoyuan City, so it takes about 50 minutes to get there by rapid train.
Also, while Taipei has many subway lines, Kaohsiung has two lines and is quite simple, so you won’t get lost.
I think Kaohsiung is more convenient from the airport!
5 The city is centralized
Taipei is very convenient, but supermarkets and shopping malls are often far away from each other.
On the other hand, Kaohsiung city is compact and easy to live in.
For example, the strongest place where IKEA, Costco, and Carrefour (Taiwan’s supermarket) are all within a short distance is in a place called Shijia in Kaohsiung.
I used to get all my daily necessities there during my working holiday!
Also, there are quite a few shopping malls within a short distance, so it is convenient to get what you need easily.
- Kaohsiung is cheap and easy to live in.
- If you want to improve your language skills intensively, Kaohsiung is the best choice.
- Access from the airport is also convenient.
This is a summary of why studying abroad in Kaohsiung is better than Taipei!
We hope this will help you choose the right place to study.
I hope this helps you choose the right place to study abroad.
I will continue to provide more information about Taiwan, so please stay tuned.
Thank you for reading to the end!