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The Liuhe Night Market Travel Guide, Budget, Tips, and Experience That Will Make You Jealous

Kaohsiung is one of the most underrated places in Taiwan. It is a coastal city located in southern Taiwan with a population of about 2.77 million, making it the third most populous administrative division and second-largest metropolis in Taiwan.

This city was founded in the 17th century and has grown from a small trading village into the political and economic center of southern Taiwan, with key industries such as manufacturing, steel-making, oil refining, freight transport, and shipbuilding. The Port of Kaohsiung is the largest and busiest harbor in Taiwan while Kaohsiung International Airport is the second busiest airport in the number of passengers. We're so glad we've got to spend a whole day touring this city and hoped to come back very soon.

One of the tourist highlights in Kaohsiung is its night market. Liuhe or Liuohe Night Market (六合夜市), specifically. It is a tourist night market in Xinxing District of Kaohsiung in Taiwan. At the same time, it is one of the most popular markets in Taiwan where seafood, handicrafts, clothing, knives, cameras and live animals are sold. Perhaps, it is the Taiwanese counterpart of "Cartimar" in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

During the day, Liuhe 2nd Road may look like any ordinary streets with light to heavy traffic and buildings with storefronts. But after 6:00pm, the barriers go up and it transforms into a pedestrian market. The Liuhe Night Market is a must-visit if you are in Kaohsiung. The other very popular Rei Feng Night Market is in the north part of Kaohsiung.

The highlight of the market is seafood. There are many kiosks selling, crab, shrimp, octopus, and squid. Some kiosks are actually restaurants. In our experience, we ordered our beef noodle soup and Xiao Long Bao from a food stand then we were instructed to walk to the back and sit at a nice table with airconditioning to eat. There are some clothing and accessory options here as well. The market takes about 30 minutes to walk through and there is plenty of space.

How to get to Liuhe Night Market

• By MRT

Take the MRT Red Line and get off at the R10 stop or Orange Line O5 stop. It is the famous Formosa Blvd. station where the Dome of Light is (which I will cover on another blog). Walk to Exit 11 which is the Liuhe Night Market Exit and you will be at the eastern end of the market.

• By Taxi

The address is Liuhe 2nd Road, Xinxing District. Or, you can show the address below in Chinese to your driver:

What to buy in Liuhe Night Market

Liuhe Night Market is easy to explore. It is only 3 blocks long and a straight shot. Basically, walk up one end and then come out the other. There aren’t any side alleys growing off the side of the market. What I really like about Liu He is that it has plenty of space to walk. If you get there as early as 6:00, it won’t be too crowded. But as the night moves on, the people start to come.

• Seafood
Seafood is very popular in Kaohsiung and seafood snacks are abundant at the market. Price range: NTD 250 above.

• Clothing and Accessories
The Liuhe Night Market also offers a wide variety of non-food items such as clothing, bags, and accessories. Price range: NTD 50 and above.

• Exotic food
From intestine sausage to different pork and beef innards, you'll surely have plenty of choices. Price range: NTD 30 and above.

• Entertainment
You won't get bored in Liuhe. You can splurge your spare money in betting stalls or UFO catcher booths. There's plenty of those in Liuhe. Price range: NTD 90 above.

• Tourist Favorites
Tourist faves like stinky tofu, crispy chicken, beef noodle soup, xiao long bao, blow-torched beef, and many more are very affordable in this place. Price range: NTD 50 and above.

This is my favorite Crispy Chicken stall.

Beef noodle soup and authentic xiao long bao for us.

Blow-torched beef. Make sure it's well-done.

• Milk Tea
If you love milk tea, then you'll be in paradise! Choose among different kinds of flavors from branded and small business shops. Price range: NTD 30 to 65.

Double brown sugar and double cream cheese boba milk tea!

• Novelty Food

Head-turner foodies are also being showcased in this market. Check out the photos below. Price range: NTD 50 and above.

 I'll leave this photo in your imagination!

Turkish Icecream!

Visitor Tips:

• Expect to walk a lot, so wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
• Bring cash. Most stalls do not accept credit cards. There are no money changers around too.
• Eat light. Do not overfeed yourself so you get to try more food.
• Bring a portable fan and umbrella to relieve you from humidity and heat.
• Be responsible. Do not leave trash and clutter.
• Observe before you buy, the stalls with the longest queue are often the best.

Have you been to Liuhe Night Market? Please tell me about your experience in the comments below.


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