👍 JR Chen’s Transportation World

Stopped at a red light, I spotted those stray dogs making the most of a sunny afternoon, amidst the LTR constructions. Not pictured, because I was unaware too, is a dog hidden in a pipe on the right. Uncomfortable with my presence (sorry doggies!), the dogs moved, and the one in the pipe came out, totally taking making me jump out of surprise. 😮

The 👍 is in reference to the Like or 讚 in facebook lingo. I’d like to feature a few of the cool Taiwan-related pages that I follow, even if well, JR Chen’s Transportation World will not be of interest for many. However, as a Kaohsiung inhabitant and a fervent adept of public transportation, I find this fb page worth the few minutes of attention I devote to it.

The owner of the page appears to be a long time employee at the Kaohsiung public transportation department, and as such, has privileged access to the latest regarding the public transit of the city.

Below is a selection of curated pictures.  All images are linked to their original source, so click on them for additional information, and if you want more, then give a thumb up at JR Chen’s Transportation World. Enjoy!

Central Park 中央公園, R9 — Before and After.

Drastic urban facelift! And look at that Olympic-size swimming pool, I want it back!


Light Rail C3 — Building the stop.

Light Rail — Welcome to Kaohsiung!


Kaohsiung Train Station MRT stop, R11 — Something is brewing.

Before I started to follow JR’s fb page, it never came to my attention that the current Kaohsiung Main Station MRT stop, R11, had always been meant as a temporary one. And indeed, this station has always felt so awkward to me, with no direct passageway to  transfer to the train station, and so many flight of stairs to exit from it.


The future Kaohsiung Main Station.

The entire area around and underneath the Kaohsiung Main Station is being remodeled. From my understanding, the future Kaohsiung Main Station will be a hub for the high-speed rail, regular trains, the subway  and hopefully a centralized bus station(?).

I’m rather estactic that all the tracks will go down-under, as a cyclist, this will make a HUGE difference in how I go out and about in the city.

English annotations by yours truly.
English annotations by yours truly.

Along the future Kaohsiung Port Terminal 港埠旅運中心, C9.

In 2017, the city of Kaohsiung should see the completion of the modernly architectured Kaohsiung Port Terminal, along the tramway route.


Making way for a tramway bridge, C11.

😥 Better public transportation means temporary sacrifices. This bridge was part of the biking/pedestrian trail along the waterfront and leading to the Pier-2 Art Center. A pleasure it was to have this safe and scenic route leading to the Pier-2 Art Center and the Siziwhan area. JR_Chen_LRT_C11

Nearby boats likely protesting because they’re getting the boot. (I took this picture in early March 2015)

Another tramway bridge, C6.

Another bike trail hijacked by tramway constructions. In the back with the ferris wheel, is the Dream Mall, while a blanket of smog shrouding the sky. On this section of the tramway, passengers will get a glimpse at the infamous and unglamorous industrial Kaohsiung. JR_Chen_LRT_C6

Take me to the Pier-2 Art Center 駁二, C13, C14.

I orginally picked this picture just to show the future tracing of the tramway route, but then, upon looking closer, I realized that this was an old picture of the current Pier-2 駁二 area. I don’t remember for sure but I think I’ve actually driven on that on-ramp, lol. The on-ramp is now bye-bye, but the bridge has remained and been remodeled into some sort of public art space, called  天空雲台 which literaly translates as Sky Cloud Platform.

The funny thing is that when they inaugurated it last year, I thought of what a random piece of art this was, like someone had said “hey, let’s build a bridge in the middle of the park”. XD And living in Taiwan for some time now, I no longer question this kind of randomness, but in this case, it actually wasn’t random at all.

More pictures of the Sky Cloud Platform and the vicinities here. I was lucky to chance upon a lost sheep there 🙂 .


Formosa Boulevard Station, R10 & O5

This is the station that has tourists stopping for a few snapshots of the Dome of Light 光之穹頂.

Some other lesser known cool stuff at this station:

Stress Testing the MRT.


7 thoughts on “👍 JR Chen’s Transportation World

  1. Why removing this nice sports center 😦
    I would be really angry about that pool missing there…these days are less and less good swimming pools available (for sports not those spas which pop up everywhere like mushrooms) in Europe


    1. I know Olympic-size swimming pool such a luxury to have. Luckily, I think Kaohsiung does have one elsewhere in the city, I just need to find it!


  2. This is great, thanks for the tip! Those photos bring back some memories, especially the ones of the roads running through the construction, I hated driving through that every morning!


    1. No kidding, I visited Kaohsiung for the first time when the MRT constructions were going on, and the current LRT/underground constructions just feel like a breeze in comparison.


  3. Great post. A couple thoughts.

    In the old photo of Central Park, you can see the old 9 story President Department Store (before the fire).

    I’m pretty sure the MRT (as of fairly recently) no longer uses the bypass at Kaohsiung Station, as you can see the covered up platform doors of the permanent station as you pass them by. The train also used to slow down dramatically going around the bypass, but doesn’t seem to do so anymore.

    Moving back recently after a few years, I was shocked that the pedestrian/cyclist bridge over the Love River had been dismantled and that a good portion of the path was under LRT construction as well. I’m glad I did have the chance to enjoy it in the past.

    As someone who bikes a lot in Kaohsiung and lives up in Zuoying, I completely agree that the submersion of the train tracks is going to be a game changer. I had to bike over the Dashun 3rd Road overpass during rush hour the other day, and it was horrible.


    1. Thanks!

      About the bypass, you must be right, the author of the fb page had previously shared pictures where people were celebrating something at R11, and with your comment, it all makes sense to me now, lol.

      For a short period of time, I rejoiced in having found a new route (safer, less traffic and no crazy over/underpass), to get to the Aozidi area, but obviously, underground construction oblige, that path is no more. Luckily, there’s still the trail along the Love River.


      1. Yes, the main issue is when I want to bike from my place near Kaohsiung Arena to the area around the Kaohsiung Cultural Center. I haven’t really found an efficient path that doesn’t involve some kind of sketchy crossing of the tracks.

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