Step.1 About your Journey

Pathways Hostel 旅圖青年旅館

About your Journey

Pathways Hostel is definitely the best place to start your journey. Backpackers arriving the southern part of Taiwan, a warm corner of Kaohsiung city, are here to find the value of their trip.

Travelers can seat at the common area watching the world map on the wall and plan their next trip. Traveling is a never ending road, where each trip ends as a beginning of the next trip. You can share your experience and stories with friends from all over the world. This is the value of Passway Hostel. We hope to provide a place where travelers can rest and energized again for the next trip.

Step.2Room Type

Step.3Enjoy your trip

The Pier-2 Art Center

The Pier-2 Art Center situated in the basin No. 3 of Kaohsiung Port and was once an ordinary warehouse. Later in 2001, a group of passionate Taiwanese artists established the Pier-2 Artistic Development Association. Pier-2 has become the headquarters for artistic development in southern Taiwan. The Pier 2 art center is now a unique open art space for artists and students with an environment to demonstrate fine art creation, and has become one of the most popular attractions in Kaohsiung.

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The Pier-2 Art Center has held many exhibitions and festivals such as the Kaohsiung Design Festival, the Chinese Character Exhibition, Kaohsiung International Steel & Iron Sculpture Festival, Kaohsiung International Container Art Festival, etc. Every performance and exhibition filled the city with creative vibes injecting new life to the Pier-2 Art Center. In doing so, the center has continuously been presenting avant-garde perceptions and appearances, while building this port city into an attractive cultural and living hub.

The creative studio is filled with various talented artists to manifest art into people’s life and fills Kaohsiung with a new way of life. The establishment of Pier-2 Art Center is not only to promote art creation but harness this creativity to infuse Kaohsiung with a new fashion.

The western railway line, which previously brought goods to the docks, has now become Kaohsiung's busiest cycling trail through the Pier 2 art center. Visitors or cyclist can enjoy seaside view accompany with amazing works of art wait for discovery in the District's public spaces. With the great weather, every scene is a best photo to keep for travelers. Visitors can also go to the Hamasen Railway Cultural Park and witness how the passage of time has affected Kaohsiung's first railway station.

Love River

Love River begins at Bagualiao in Kaohsiung City's Renwu District. It divides Kaohsiung City, into two. The Jianguo, Cisian and Jhongjheng Bridges connect the two sections and the river flows directly into the sea. Love River had originally been a shallow creek, which could only be crossed by ferry. During the Japanese Colonial era it was dredged into a canal and named The Kaohsiung River. This was the first time the river had been given an official name.

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It was formally referred to as The Kaohsiung Waterway or The Kaohsiung Canal. In 1948, Love River Boat Company was opened near the Jhongjheng Bridge. This gave people the opportunity to row up and down the river. This became a particularly popular past for local couples and therefore acquiring the name - Love River. Love River is a very unique and cultural river in Kaohsiung. It was previously used for shipping, transportation and leisure. Over the years it slowly became a polluted open-air sewer. Recently, with the cooperation of the Kaohsiung residents, the city government and the private sector it has been restored to its former splendor.

The east bank of the Love River is the home of a Soaring Dragon Fish Statue which was originally created as a theme lantern, created for the 2001 Kaohsiung Lantern Festival. The dragonhead and fish body is a symbol of Kaohsiung, a city in transformation. The Dragon Fish statue is 25 meters in height, weighs 30 tons and built entirely of stainless steel. During festive occasions, flickering lights illuminate the dragon's body and the dragon breathes smoke, and is without a doubt a famous tourist attraction.

Kaohsiung Main Public Library

Kaohsiung Main Public Library located at ShinGuang road is a green architecture which combines plants, protection of the environment and culture. The library has total of 8 floors with a floor space up to 37,233 square meters. This building uses trees as building blocks, books as its story creating a comfortable reading space full of green.

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The architectural techniques of its design are truly unique, as this structure utilizes suspended steel rods, suspended balcony, a 7.5 meter high column-less space resembling a square, modular spatial planning, with lots of plants throughout the building. This is truly a recognizable green architecture with simple design and the natural scent of books create a tranquil, comfortable reading space..

Warmth, the most beautiful of Kaohsiung's treasures, is not absent; there is a “thanksgiving tree” planted in recognition of the public's fund-raising to buy books to thank citizens and the public for their support. The library was opened with over 70 million books. The library's first floor is a semi-open space, and a hanging garden which affords a view of the scenery of the harbor has been established on the top floor.

Inside this enjoyable reading area, it’s like reading under a big old tree full with reading and laughter. This is a key culture attraction no matter day or night.

Step4.Memory