Weiwuying, also known as the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, is a performance arts center in Fengshan District of Kaohsiung City. It is the largest arts venue under one single roof in the entire world. It has the largest pipe organ in Asia. It was also named as one of the top 100 places in the world by Time Magazine. The arts center also sits next to Weiwuying Metropolitan Park. It is a must see spot for any foreign tourist visiting Taiwan.
Before 1950, the land on which Weiwuying stands was undeveloped. After that, it was used as a military recruitment camp under the KMT. In 2003, it was decided to use the land as one of Taiwan's main stimulus projects. It was decided that an arts center should be built, and Mecanoo Architecten was chosen as the developer. Ground was broken in 2010, and the main building was completed in 2012. After some delays, the building was finally completed and opened in 2018. The building's shape was inspired by banyan trees in the nearby metropolitan park, with open spaces and walls similar to sitting in a banyan grove. Also, much of the steel needed for creating the unique curved shape was made by local shipbuilders in Kaohsiung. Over a meter of insulation was also added to the roof for sound-proofing.
The center includes 2236 seats in the main theater, 1981 seats in the music hall, 1210 seats in the drama theater, 434 seats in the performance hall, as well as capacity for over 30,000 people in the grassy area near the building part of Kaohsiung Metropolitan Park. There is also an exhibition hall and business exhibition center.
Since its opening, it has been nominated for multiple architecture awards. Also, it was named as one of the World's 100 Greatest Places by Time Magazine in 2019.
11:00 AM to 9:00 PM every day (outdoor courtyard open 24/7)
Depends on the event.
How to get there:
By MRT: Take the Kaosiung MRT Yellow line to Weiwuying Station.
By car/scooter: From central Kaohsiung drive east along Sanduo Road across national freeway 1 until you reach Weiwuying, it is hard to miss. There is plenty of paid parking nearby.
Please see below:
I have been to Weiwuying many times. When I lived in Kaohisiung in 2012, the building was pretty much completed, but it still took another 6 years for the building to open. It is sad that the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020 because it was one of the best international venues in Asia, and now can only be used for local events mostly.
For a better view of the area, check out our drone footage above.
See above for a very informative documentary on the construction of the building made by National Geographic.
View of the main outdoor theater overlooking the banyan tree park. This is a great place to enjoy the sunset, because it looks west over the ocean. Sitting here to watch the sunset is free if there is not an event going on.
View of the curved roof from the air.
View looking north toward Fengshan.
An empty grass field across from the center, which used to be a military base. Who knows what this patch of land will be developed into in the future.
Another view looking northeast.
Looking down at the road below and the person in the shadows controlling the drone.
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