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Kaohsiung warehouses transformed into popular art venue

2016/03/09 16:31:00

Since 2000, 24 rundown warehouses near Kaohsiung's harbor have been transformed into the Pier-2 Art Center, which attracted 4.5 million visitors in 2015.

The warehouses now house venues for exhibitions and performances, as well as an Eslite bookstore, shops and restaurants.

The Eslite Pier-2 store.

Moreover, it has become the home of several biennial events, including the container arts festival and the steel and iron sculpture festival, and an annual design festival, all of which reflect Kaohsiung's industrial foundation.

The steen and iron sculpture festival in late 2014.

The popularity of the Pier-2 Art Center was also illustrated by being ranked the location in Taiwan receiving the seventh-most check-ins on Facebook.

The latest addition to the art center is a seven-screen movie theater, which was opened by the in98 Cinemax chain in January.

A craft market will be held on weekend afternoons through March 20, while upcoming events at the art center include the Megaport Festival that features local and foreign musicians, such as Taiwanese death metal band Chthonic.

The Megaport Festival in 2012.

(By Wang Shwu-fen and Kay Liu)