Translating as “New Prosperity”, Sinsing is a lively district south of Kaohsiung Station. During the Japanese rule of Taiwan, it was a predominantly agricultural area known as Dagangpu where sweet potato, sugarcane and corn were grown. After Taiwan was handed over to the Republic of China in 1945, the area was renamed Sinsing District.
Things to do in Sinsing District
Offering a slice of peace and quiet amidst the hustle and bustle of Sinsing District is the Hong Fa Temple, a multi-storied Buddhist landmark featuring black tiles and double eaves. Step beneath the Mountain Gate and inside the Daxiong Hall where you’ll find a statue of the Compassionate Buddha. Aside from praying, the Hong Fa Temple is a tranquil spot for listening to the reading of Buddhist scriptures.
In complete contrast is the Liuhe Night Market, a bustling strip that’s lined with handicrafts, clothing and accessory stalls. It was established as the Dagangpu Night Market in the 1950s and offers a wide range of authentic Taiwanese snacks. Local specialties include steamed salty shrimps, beefsteak and papaya milk, with many of the stalls offering halal-certified options.
Sinsing District is on the doorstep of the Kaohsiung Cultural Center, where you’ll find two concert halls, art galleries and a library. Check to see what’s taking place in the Zhimei Hall and Exhibition Hall, coincide your visit with a cultural performance or stroll through the sculpture-dotted park. The Kaohsiung Cultural Center lies alongside the National Kaohsiung Normal University and is surrounded by cafes and eateries.
Getting around Sinsing District
Sinsing District is just five minutes’ drive from Kaohsiung Station and 20 minutes from Kaohsiung International Airport, which has flights to destinations across Asia. Subway services connect along the Orange and Red lines to the Formosa Boulevard station and buses travel throughout the district.