The old Kaohsiung City Hall, the now Kaohsiung Museum of History, is near MRT Yanchengpu Station.
The Two Two Eight Massacre Incident took place here.
Bullets holes were left intact on the front porch walls for a long time before the government filled them with cement. You can still see traces of the bullet holes where they were patched up.
The old City Hall was constructed in 1939 during the Japanese colonial era. The Imperial Crown architecture is on full display. The porch and stairs are spacious and imposing. You can easily imagine the splendor of this construction back then.
After transforming into a cultural museum, it becomes the custodian of local artifacts and the place for citizens and children to learn history.
The surrounding area used to be the most prosperous district in Kaohsiung. The Two Two Eight Peace Park across from the Kaohsiung Museum of History was an underground market.
It was backfilled after a fire incident that led to the floor collapsing. Standing at the park, you can hardly imagine that three hundred some stores used to be under your feet
To get to Love River, you can take the ferry from Cijin to get to Love Pier. The ferry route was temporarily unavailable due to the light rail under construction at the time of our visit.
You can alternatively get off MRT Yanchengpu Station and pass by the old City Hall to get to Love River walkway. Prior to reconstruction in 2000, Love River was not the neat sight like it is today.
The government did a complete makeover, allowing boats to cruise through Happiness Canal from south to north and Love River from east to west. There are many types of boats to choose from, including solar powered boats, amphibious boats and water taxi La Gondola.
Similar to River Thames, London, there are many cafes along the way. You can enjoy some coffee and the sea breeze while looking at the boat traffic. It isn't a bad place for a nice relaxation.
Rosary Cathedral Minor Basilica
You can also travel by foot with families and friends. Enjoy a Love River trip walking along the river course. There is a must-see place nearby. Located on Wu-fu 4th Road is Rosary Cathedral Minor Basilica.
This was the very first Catholic church in Taiwan, established in 1859. Some people refer to it as the most beautiful Catholic church in Taiwan.
The minaret construction appears to be a mixture of Gothic and Romanesque styles. The interior and stained glass windows brim with a very solemn atmosphere.
We went inside the church to immerse ourselves in the serenity and European feel. It's quite amazing that the church has been maintained dating all the way back to the Qing Dynasty and through the Japanese colonial era to this day.