Route 1: Brogent Technologies Inc. > DAKUO > Pier-2 Art Centre > Cultural Yacht
First, enjoy a breath taking flight across Taiwan’s most spectacular sights. “Flyover Taiwan” is an amazing virtual flight ride created by Kaohsiung’s very own Brogent Technologies Inc. Founded in 2001, Brogent is now the leader in simulation technology and is best known for all the customized i-rides across the world including Flyover Canada and the recently launched FlyOver America ride in the Mall of American, Minnesota.
Stop by the Digital Art Kaoshiung United Office (DAKUO), which uses the concept of a HUB to connect and integrate resources in the digital industry; building bridges between small-and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurs, freelancers to promote community interaction, linking academics and researchers, and uniting industries.
Next, a visit to Pier-2, where forgotten warehouses are turned into a modern art district as a group of persistent artists injected waves of creativity and inspiration into the area. It used to be a place to store fish meal and castor sugar, servicing the prosperous time of the port. Pier-2 is now an area of new vitality and liveliness, where both the locals and tourists can come together to enjoy fine art.
From Pier-2, take a yacht cruise as the sun is setting. In 2012, the Kaohsiung Cultural Bureau began public Cultural Yacht Cruises, so visitors could see the city and its cultural attractions. Cultural Yacht Cruises feature Kaohsiung's scenic harbor, mountains and famous sunsets. It introduces the city's new Exhibition Center and tours the fishing and yacht industrial zones. Passengers will learn more about the various maritime vessels and gain a greater understanding of Kaohsiung's history and culture.
Route 2: Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center
Located in the Da-shu district of Kaohsiung, the Buddha Memorial Center is one marvelous site you do not want to miss. It is a Mahayana Buddhist cultural, religious, and educational complex. After about 9 years of construction, the memorial center opened in 2011. It had become one of the hottest tourist place at Kaohsiung since its opening. The memorial center is quite a magnificent site, situated on 100 hectares of land. It’s landmark is the Big Buddha that sits atop the Fo Guang Building behind the Main Hall. It is the largest seated bronze Buddha in the world, at 108 meters high, comparable to thirty-six floors of a general building. The complex faces east and is built along a central axial line. There is the Welcoming Hall, the eight Chinese-styled pagodas that stand for the Noble Eightfold Path, Photo Terrace, Bodhi Square, Memorial Hall, four stupas that symbolize the Four Noble Truths, and the Fo Guang Buddha.