Wude Martial Arts Center
Wude Hall is a tall and magnificent Japanese-design brick building located across from Gushan Elementary School in Kaohsiung. During Taiwan’s Japanese occupation era, martial arts halls were built in major cities to promote traditional Japanese martial arts. They were used as places for training and competing. Currently, Wude Hall offers visitors a view into Japanese culture through four main means: instructional performances, experience learning, a performance hall, and cultural studies, all of which revolve around Japanese martial arts, tea ceremonies, flower arranging, and calligraphy.
Main Hall: This hall features a permanent exhibition which includes a board inscribed by calligrapher Huang Huashan, the anatomy of authentic hand-made Japanese swords, and wooden bokken and bokuto practice swords. The historical background display features legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, Japanese taiko drums, kamidana shrine, and various pieces of ancient Japanese armor.
The British Consulate of Takao: The former consulate, a combination of Western design and Eastern skill, was the first Western-style building built in Taiwan with British funds.
Ferry Pier Sea Ice: Adjacent to Kaohsiung Harbour, this ice shop is famous for its huge bowls of shaved ice with condensed milk and a wide variety of toppings.
Route 1: Wude Hall → Xiongzhen North Gate → British Consulate of Takao → Xizi Bay
Route 2: Mt. Shou Park → Wude Hall → Ferry Pier Sea Ice → Gushan Ferry
How to Get There:
Public Transport: Train to Kaohsiung → Kaohsiung city bus 248 → get off at Gushan Elementary School bus stop → walk to rear of school; or take KMRT to Xizi Bay Station → Exit 1 → walk to hall (about 10 min.)
Self-Drive: Freeway 1 → Kaohsiung Interchange → turn left into Zhongzheng 1st Rd. → Dagong Rd. → turn left into Gushan 1st Rd. → turn left into Dengshan St. → Wude Hall