Kaohsiung Weiwuying Street Art 1000NTD

Where to find street art in Kaohsiung: Weiwuying Street Art Village

I love hunting down street art on my travels, and my favourite street art in Taiwan is the Weiwuying Street Art Village 衛武營街頭藝術彩繪. Located in Kaohsiung‘s Lingya district 苓雅 where many of the buildings are covered in larger-than-life murals and street art bursting with colour. I spent many hours strolling around the streets and just staring up in awe. For those looking for street art in Kaohsiung, here’s why you need to check out Kaohsiung’s Weiwuying Street Art Village and how to get there.

Looking for more things to do in Kaohsiung? Check out this post about exploring Taiwan from Kaohsiung to Taoyuan, or see all my Taiwan posts here.

Kaohsiung Weiwuying Street Art Blocks
Blocks and blocks of street artworks

History of Weiwuying 衛武營

Before the launch of the new peforming arts centre (more on that below) that is also known as Weiwuying, the Weiwuying area used to be known as a military area. It was an important military barracks during both Chinese and Japanese rule, though it was gradually demilitarized in the 80s. 


Created by the Wallriors

The Wallriors are a Taiwanese street art crew based in Kaohsiung and most of the works you see in the Weiwuying area stem from the Kaohsiung Lingya Street Art Festival 高雄苓雅國際街頭藝術節 that they organise. I visited in late 2018, but they’ve just added some new works in 2019 so look out for those.

Kaohsiung Weiwuying Street Art Wallriors
Work in progress?

Weiwuying Street Art Highlights

All the works here are spectacular and most of them are very large works, making them even more amazing when you see them in person. I’m tempted to put up every single picture I took here, but in the spirit of encouraging you to go see for yourself, I decided to just show you some works that I wanted to highlight.

The full artwork list can be found in the Wallriors Map at the bottom of this post.

Kaohsiung Weiwuying Street Art Bookshelf
Bamboo Yang 楊惟竹 is a Kaohsiung street artist who created this giant bookshelf along Jianjun Road – you can see it right as you exit the MRT Station Exit 5. This is apparently the largest wall mural in all of Taiwan and took the artist more than 2 months to finish.
Kaohsiung Weiwuying Street Art Bookshelf Me
Up close – recognise any titles? I kinda like the cat sitting in the bookshelf

Look out for these Taiwanese currency notes by Tainan artist 回鄉文創 – there’s a 500 NTD version and a 1,000 NTD version. I held up the actual notes for comparison – the proportions aren’t exactly identical, but it’s definitely similar enough.

Kaohsiung Weiwuying Street Art 500NTD
Look out for these Taiwanese currency notes by Tainan artist 回鄉文創. I held up the actual notes for comparison – the proportions aren’t exactly identical, but it’s definitely similar enough.
Kaohsiung Weiwuying Street Art 1000NTD
Here’s the 1,000 NTD version
Kaohsiung Weiwuying Street Art Aircon Candybird
Breakup – I love how Taiwanese artist Candybird‘s work incorporates its surroundings
Kaohsiung Weiwuying Street Art Badger Psoman
I first saw Psoman‘s work in Seoul’s Mullae district, and I instantly recognised it again here. He has several works around the area, try and find them all!
Malaysian artist Cloakwork’s “Please don’t kill my dab
Kaohsiung Weiwuying Street Art Electrical Box
It wasn’t just walls that were painted in this village. By 林軒宇
Kaohsiung Weiwuying Street Art Fishes Leo
This stretch of works by Taiwanese artist Leo Ho really felt like a row of fishtanks 
Kaohsiung Weiwuying Street Art Row
Each building facade was painted by a different artist. I love the variety on display, especially the bird by Thai artist Rukkit (I’ve seen his work in Hong Kong as well!)

How to get to Weiwuying

Weiwuying is located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s southern city. Scoot flies directly from Singapore to Kaohsiung Airport, or you can take a 2 hours HSR train ride from Taoyuan airport down to Kaohsiung’s Zuoying HSR Station.

To get to Weiwuying, take the Kaohsiung MRT orange line to Weiwuying (O10) Exit 5. The Wallriors have an excellent map that plots out all the street art works you can see in this area below:


What’s nearby

Weiwuying / Kaohsiung Center for the Arts

If your tastes skew towards the performing arts, make sure to check out the brand new  National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts 國家藝術文化中心 (opened in Oct 2018) which is right next to where the Weiwuying village is. It’s the largest performing arts centre in East Asia and the architecture is pretty snazzy even if you don’t plan to go in and catch a show – I highly recommend taking a walk in the Weiwuying Metropolitan park built around the compound.

Kaohsiung Weiwuying Performing Arts Centre
Work was still in progress when I visited, just a few weeks before it officially opened

Pier 2 Art Centre

For more street art in Kaohsiung, another artsy district worth checking out is Pier 2 Art Centre in the Yancheng district. This abandoned port space was transformed with murals and artwork into a thriving cultural spot today that’s an awesome place to hang out.

Kaohsiung Pier 2 Robot Wall
Kaohsiung Pier 2 Robot Wall

Dome of Light

And if there’s one iconic sight you shouldn’t miss in Kaohsiung, that’s the impressive Dome of Light by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata at the Formosa Boulevard Station. This dome stretches 30m across the ceiling in B1 and it tells the story of Human Life and commemorates the birth of Taiwan’s democracy. There are light shows as well, usually at 11am, 3pm and 8pm on weekdays and additional shows at 5pm and 7pm on weekends.

Kaohsiung Dome of Light Pano
Standing under the dome

Looking for more things to do in Kaohsiung? Check out this post about exploring Taiwan from Kaohsiung to Taoyuan, or see all my Taiwan posts here. For more street art, check it out here.

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