Hello everyone. I’m @olivertomolife and I’ve studied abroad in Kaohsiung!
When you think of Kaohsiung, what kind of places do you think of?
When you think of Kaohsiung, what do you think of when you think of places like the 85 Tower and Xiziwang?
Kaohsiung has a huge, newly renovated library!
The Kaohsiung City Library, which I’ll introduce here, was renovated in 2015 and is a must-visit place in Kaohsiung.
Let’s take a look at the library and why I recommend it!
I experienced a working holiday in Kaohsiung for one year from February 2020. I am currently writing a blog based on that experience.
By reading this post, you’ll get to know about the Kaohsiung City Library!
- What are the three reasons why I recommend Kaohsiung City Library?
- What is the Kaohsiung City Library?
- What are the three features of the library?
What are the three reasons why I recommend Kaohsiung City Library?
1 The largest library in Kaohsiung
The Kaohsiung City Library is one of the largest libraries in Kaohsiung, with a total of 660,000 books in its collection as of 2016.
The library also has a wide variety of books from around the world as well as books from Taiwan.
At present, even more books are being donated, so you will be able to find books that you like.
2 Free access for everyone
Anyone can use the library, which is equipped with the latest facilities, for free.
There are many seats, so whether you want to concentrate or relax, this is the place to go.
It gets crowded on weekends, so it’s best to get there early.
3 Convenient access
The library is only a five-minute walk from the Sanda commercial area station, so you can easily get there.
There are also restaurants and parks in the vicinity, so it is a place where you can relax and enjoy your time.
What is the Kaohsiung City Library?
The Kaohsiung City Library was founded by Japanese immigrants in 1916, and in 2010, a proposal was made to rebuild the library due to its age.
Construction began in 2012, and the library officially opened in 2015.
Takenaka Corporation of Japan was involved in the architectural design, and 1.38 billion Taiwan dollars were invested in the construction.
Although some people were opposed to the huge amount of money spent on the project, the completed library is now a modern and stately place for the public to relax.
What are the three features of the library?
1 A building with the world’s first technology
The library’s architecture uses the latest technology, including a courtyard with a suspension structure, the world’s highest visibility transparency, and a 7.5-meter concourse with no columns.
This is the first such example in Taiwan and the world.
2 There is an observation deck on the roof.
The rooftop garden at Xinwang Garden, accessible via the north side elevator, has a well-developed garden.
It is also a place where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Kaohsiung.
At night, you can see the beautiful night view of Kaohsiung, which is highly recommended.
3 Plenty of cafes and other rest facilities
On the library grounds, there are two cafes, Hanlin Tea House Kaohsiung City library and Zone Cafe, where you can buy food and beverages.
This is a convenient place to go when you feel like a change of scenery or when you get hungry.
They are more expensive than other places, but why not try them?
- The largest library in Kaohsiung
- A large number of books
- Kaohsiung’s representative architecture
This is an introduction to the Kaohsiung City Library!
I will continue to provide more information about Taiwan in the future, so please stay tuned.
Thank you for reading to the end!