From THSR Zuoying Station or T-R-A Kaohsiung Station , take the MRT red line to get to Formosa Boulevard Station.
Kaohsiung MRT has been operational since 2008.
Ranked as one of the most beautiful subway stations in the world by various sources, Formosa Boulevard Station is at the intersection between the MRT red line and orange line.
BootsnAll travel guide ranks it number 2 on the list of 15 most beautiful subway stops in the world.
The name Formosa originated from a Portuguese sailor passing by Taiwan Strait during the Age of Discovery four hundred some years ago. He called Taiwan island Ilha Formosa, meaning "beautiful island" in Portuguese.
The name also serves to commemorate a significant pro-democracy protest Formosa Incident taken place in 1979. The magazine's publisher, who advocated the movement, also named the magazine Formosa Magazine. The main office was located near the now Formosa Boulevard Station.
Formosa Boulevard Station was designed by Japanese architect Shin Takamatsu. There are 4 entrances made out of glass curtains, each with a rooftop in the shape of palms together to symbolize the notion of praying.
On the ground level, you can find the classic masterpiece of the largest embroidered glass art The Dome of Light with a diameter of 30 meters, done by world-renowned artist Narcissus Quagliata.
The design signifies the force of transmigration of life in the universe. You can view this beautiful architecture without going through the ticket exit, which makes Formosa Boulevard Station a great tourist attraction; however, we felt compelled to go through the ticket exit so we could take some photos of this gorgeous site!