It has been 140 years since Kaohsiung Port first opened, and in that time, a lot of changes have occurred. The most recent change took place on the 4th of November 2004, when two sentinel stations were removed. The new Fisherman’s Wharf area is now under the management of the Dakaway Company. They control the whole vicinity, including a warehouse built in 1951, a 2,986 square-meter storage area, as well as the wharf area that spans 14 meters in width. The Dakaway Company began managing the wharf on October the 29th, 2002, and will do so for nine years. By continuing along Cihsien Road, you can now drive to Fisherman’s Wharf where you’ll find an abundance of food, outdoor seating, and more than 200 parking spaces.
Since the reconstruction of the wharf, a food court, theme restaurants, and a pub have replaced the area that was previously used for storing bananas. Floor to ceiling windows allow visitors to enjoy both an ocean view as well as a port view. From behind the windows, visitors can also admire the man-made coconut forest, a wooden walking path, a pond, and a stage used for live performances, making the current area so much more than just forklifts and trucks.
This two-story canopied structure was built at Kaohsiung Harbor’s Wharf No. 3 in 1963. The open-air design, unique among storage facilities at the port, enabled the natural ventilation required for storage of bananas. Modernization and declining banana exports eventually consigned the Banana Warehouse to the annals of history. In 2010, the building was renamed as “Banana Pier.” The building has a unique location opposite the first entrance of the harbor, with its back to the hills and its face to the sea. The ground floor of the building has been re-developed with souvenir shops, the Banana Story House, theme stores, and an international cruise ship terminal. On the second floor of the historic building is the unique Her Bian Banquet Hall.
Resource: Tourism Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government
Fisherman’s Wharf & Banana Pier
[漁人碼頭/Yú Rén Mǎ Toú]
-Located in: Southern Taiwan
-Features: Scenic Spots
-Highly recommend to: Couples, Families
-Opening hours: 24-7
-Address:No.17, Penglai Rd., Gushan Dist., Kaohsiung City